“It was 6-0 Eagles, but it felt like 100-zip. As 69,879 fans at the Linc roared for more and 49ers fans everywhere got that sick, sinking feeling once again, Shanahan — for a few seconds — got caught up in the stress, too. He and several of his assistant coaches got intense on the headset, raising their voices and addressing the urgency of the situation.
Then the head coach took a deep breath, steeled himself and coolly reminded his position coaches, Just calm everybody down. We’re good.
As Shanahan recalled more than an hour after the game as he dressed in the visiting head coach’s locker room, “You’ve gotta remind yourself and the whole team, ‘Like, I know the feeling we all have right now — it’s probably the same feeling that people have watching it. But the bottom line is it’s 6-0. So just relax, and let’s start playing. Don’t panic. I know how it feels, but all that matters is that scoreboard.’ ”
“It goes against everything in those guys’ DNA and their coach’s (Kris Kocurek) DNA. Everything,” Shanahan said of his defensive linemen’s patience. “Those guys want to tee off and go rush the quarterback every play, and they did at times, but you have to know who you’re playing and the style of how that team beats people. And I thought our guys were very disciplined today.”
Bosa had no sacks, but he was strong against the run and finished with a season-high six tackles, one behind the line of scrimmage. Another standout was Kinlaw, who was prominently pushed around by the Eagles offensive line in the NFC Championship Game in January.
On Sunday, it was Kinlaw who was shoving people backward. He finished with four tackles and two sacks. One of the sacks came after he knocked 332-pound guard Landon Dickerson on his back, popped up and then corralled Hurts. It was a coverage sack for sure — Hurts had more than seven seconds to throw — but Kinlaw enjoyed a measure of payback in Philadelphia.”
“Another injury worth noting: Backup tight end Ross Dwelley has a high ankle sprain and will miss a few weeks, according to Shanahan. This prompted one reporter to ask Shanahan whether the 49ers had interest in three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz, who was released last week by Arizona.
Shanahan left the door open on Ertz, who played at Monte Vista-Danville and Stanford. He also helped the Eagles win the Super Bowl after the 2017 season.
“I know John (Lynch) looks into all that stuff, but I haven’t heard anything so I don’t think so at this time,” Shanahan said. “But I have a lot of respect for (Ertz) as a player. I’ve always been a fan.”
“Fred Warner, LB, 90.2, 61 snaps”
“That marked the third time during the 2023 NFL season that Purdy has thrown for at least three TDs with a passer rating of 140 or more, tying Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers for the most such games in a single season in league history. It also was Purdy’s fifth career game with a passer rating of 140 or higher, setting an NFL record for the most such games by a player in their first two seasons.”