The San Francisco 49ers were unable to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game, but one player believes that was a fluke.
Brandon Aiyuk, the 49ers wide receiver, recently told The SFNiners podcast that he still believes the Niners are the best team and that the Eagles will not be so fortunate in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“[The Eagles] got their hands full,” Aiyuk said. “I don’t know fully about that defense. I don’t know. They talk about them being a good defense, I’m not too sure.
“I think the pass game, this Kansas City pass game will expose what we. Thought we were going to be able to expose before some unfortunate circumstances happened. So we’ll see. But like I said, you gotta get lucky to win a Super Bowl. And they just got extremely lucky last week, so who’s to say they can’t do it twice.”
That luck Aiyuk is alluding to is likely referencing how the Eagles knocked out 49ers starting quarterback Brock Purdy and backup Josh Johnson. Purdy eventually returned to the game but was not able to be utilized to his potential due to an injury to his throwing elbow.
“We started to feel good, we went on a run,” Aiyuk said. “And that’s what makes this one super hard. Because you have to get super lucky. You have to get super lucky.
“We have a talented football team. We have, hands down, the best football team in the league. Hands down. Hands down. I’m not even about to argue with anybody that thinks they should argue that.”
The Niners won 11 straight games this season until the Eagles defeated them last Sunday, and eight of those games came with Purdy, the third-string quarterback, under center.
Alas, Aiyuk and the Niners will still be watching the Super Bowl next weekend and will probably be left wondering what could have been.
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