The 49ers and Eagles have been among the many greatest groups within the NFC lately. The two groups met in final 12 months’s convention championship recreation. Philadelphia dominated the Niners and cruised to a 31-7 victory.
Quarterback Brock Purdy was compelled into motion through the common season after Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo suffered accidents. Purdy helped spark a successful streak down the stretch and led the Niners to the NFC title recreation. But, his scorching streak got here to an abrupt finish when he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his proper elbow within the first quarter.
The recreation appeared to mark the start of what many seen as a rivalry. But, from 49ers star vast receiver Deebo Samuel’s perspective, the so-called rivalry lacks at the very least one essential ingredient — competitiveness.
The All-Pro receiver and hybrid working again fielded questions from the media through the Super Bowl LVIII opening night time festivities on Monday. At one level, Samuel was requested concerning the Niners’ lower than pleasant competitors with the Eagles.
Samuel proceeded to ship a savage quip saying, “I consider rivalries close games. We ain’t going to talk about that no more. That’s over with.”
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Samuel was doubtless referring to the latest Eagles-Niners matchup. During an everyday season recreation in December, San Francisco obtained revenge en path to a 42-19 win over Philly. Samuel scored two receiving touchdonws and rushed for one more rating through the recreation.
Shortly after the blowout misplaced in final 12 months’s NFC title recreation, Samuel argued that the lopsided consequence was as a result of harm the 49ers’ quarterback suffered.
“If Brock was in… I don’t think it would’ve been close,” Samuel mentioned final February.
Samuel beforehand fanned the flames by taking intention at Eagles gamers. During an look on the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast forward of final 12 months’s Super Bowl between the Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, Samuel referred to as defensive again James Bradberry “trash.”
Samuel will attempt to win his first Super Bowl on Sunday when the 49ers tackle the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.
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