49ers LB Fred Warner wishes the team didn’t talk trash after loss to the Eagles in NFC Championship game last year
Warner claimed the Eagles won because they deserved to win, and it's all in the past.
San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Fred Warner (Image via ESPN)
Fred Warner wished that his San Francisco 49ers teammates would not trash talk so much in the wake of their rematch against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, December 3. He claimed that players should have just accepted the outcome and moved on; instead, some of them can’t seem to keep their mouths shut.
People are going to jump to what happened last year in the NFC championship game. I’m kind of over that whole thing.Warner said in his podcast, The Warner House
The 49ers and the Eagles locked horns in the winner-take-all NFC Championship game last season. Unfortunately for the Bay Area franchise, their rookie quarterback, Brock Purdy, who had carried them to that stage, injured his throwing arm and had to leave the game. They were already missing Jimmy Garrolpolo and Trey Lance through injury.
Veteran QB Josh Johnson had to step in, but he too went off injured. To everyone’s surprise, Purdy returned to the field. What didn’t surprise anyone is that without his throwing arm, he was a mere spectator. The Eagles recorded a comfortable 31-7 victory and earned the chance to play in the Super Bowl.
Fred Warner said some of the 49ers players think they have unfinished business
After the game in February, 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel appeared on the I Am Athlete podcast hosted by LeSean ‘Shady’ McCoy and claimed they would have won if they weren’t playing with 10 men the entire match. Warner highlighted that his teammates should have refrained from indulging in such chatter.
I know some of our players, throughout the offseason, were saying stuff about it. I honestly wish we hadn’t. You can sit there and make an excuse about the whole Brock Purdy situation. At the end of the day, they beat us. They earned that.
Besides Purdy’s injury, edge rusher Nick Bosa missed a few crucial snaps on the day as well. He had to stand on the sidelines as Eagles players kept making mockery of the 49ers defense.
Bosa is on the same page as Fred Warner regarding the whole put-the-game-to-rest scenario. In a recent interview with KNBR, the pass rusher said the past is the past, but neither team managed to finish the job they set out to do. Bosa said:
Last year, it’s over with. Neither team finished the job. We were both sad at the end of the year. We both have aspirations to win Super Bowls, so it’s a new year, and this is a big step for both of us to get to that aspiration.
The 26-year-old hit the nail right where it matters the most. The Eagles may have won the NFC Championship game, but they lost the crucial Super Bowl tie against the Kansas City Chiefs. Even Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni harbors the same view. Sirianni said:
This game is going to be about two good teams coming in here and having a good game. This is about the 2023 Eagles versus the 2023 Niners. Both teams are doing well. It’s going to be a heck of a battle.
Whether anyone likes it or not, both teams will put in their 200%. The 49ers are bound to show up for the game because they are the favorites to win even though it’s in Philadelphia and to boost their confidence even more, there will be increased support from traveling Californians.
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