“They don’t like us, we don’t care!” Apparently, the Philadelphia Eagles‘ mantra extends all the way to the visiting San Francisco 49ers radio booth, featuring two men who had a whale of a time watching Sunday’s blowout at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Niners entered Sunday’s battle with long odds ahead of them, considering seventh-rounder Brock Purdy was still Mr. Irrelevant in Sheep’s Clothing, no matter how well he’d performed over the previous week.
Unfortunately, the world never got to see a full-strength Niners-Eagles showdown, considering Purdy was knocked out of the game on the opening drive by Haason Reddick, leaving Josh Johnson in charge of the offense. He did not have a fantastic handle on it.
Somewhere towards the meaty middle of the Eagles’ blowout 31-7 victory, the road announcers turned salty, and their radio calls of this long-decided game became particularly packed with excuses.
Right from the jump, though, the 49ers broadcasters Greg Papa and Tim Ryan seemed flabbergasted at the ease with which the Eagles carved through San Francisco’s trademark defense. “Wait … we thought … we thought defense was, like, our whole thing?!”
49ers radio calls of NFC Championship vs Eagles are joyful
If someone could please track down the moment Papa and Ryan realize DeVonta Smith’s fourth-down catch wasn’t actually caught, that’d be great, too. Would love to hear the exact second a conspiracy started.
Perhaps the best call of the bunch came early in the fourth quarter, when the Niners’ booth realized how much time they had to kill.
Instead of memorializing the great season that was, they got a head start on complaining about fairness, using the Purdy injury as their basis for claiming we never actually watched an NFC Championship Game on Sunday, and therefore had no idea who should be heading to the Super Bowl.
Purdy’s torn UCL was a clear bout of bad luck, but at the same time, it was Reddick’s spectacular pass rush that resulted in the unfortunate injury. Purdy didn’t slip in the shower; the overwhelming Eagles swarmed him and chanted destiny.
Additionally, isn’t it equally fair to knock Kyle Shanahan and Co. for poor planning? Once you’re down to QB3, it’s difficult to find a suitable backup option, and perhaps this was always destined to bite them, but … Johnson couldn’t throw downfield. All we’ve heard is how superior Shanahan’s system is, and how anyone could play quarterback in it, and … Johnson couldn’t. It’s fair to say that represented the wrong chance being taken, and the 49ers coaching staff deserves some scrutiny for not maximizing every roster spot in the biggest game of the season.
Hopefully, the 49ers radio booth has a good seat to watch the Eagles “prove it” in Glendale against the Kansas City Chiefs.