The San Francisco 49ers lost in the NFC Championship Game for a second straight season, and unlike last year’s defeat at Los Angeles that came down to a fourth-quarter collapse, this one looked doomed from the start and will cast quite a dark cloud for the offseason.
Brock Purdy, the once-unbeaten rookie phenom, injured his throwing elbow on the 49ers’ opening possession of what became a 31-7 disaster. Purdy didn’t re-enter the game until the third quarter. Even then, it was only because his backup, Josh Johnson, sustained a concussion and Purdy was able to do nothing more than hand off the ball.
This ending did come with drama, in the form of left tackle Trent Williams’ ejection for body-slamming Eagles safety K’Von Wallace at the end of a play. Officials ordered both teams to their sideline to avert a brawl.with 3:51 remaining.
The 49ers fell to 2-6 in conference-championship games on the road, and this was their most lopsided defeat, bearing little resemblance to last season’s 20-17 exit in Los Angeles.
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