The 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan reveals the turning point that ‘turned the team out’ in a big win over the Seahawks

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The San Francisco 49ers got out to a 10-0 lead early, but trailed 17-16 at halftime and suddenly ran into trouble.

They needed a momentum swing against the Seattle Seahawks, and they got it.

They outscored the Seahawks 25-6 in the second half, and after the game, head coach Kyle pointed out Shanahan leading to the dominant second half.

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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) is defended by Seattle Seahawks safety Johnathan Abram (23) and cornerback Tariq Woolen (27) in the third quarter of a wild card game at Levi’s Stadium.
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About five minutes into the third quarter, Deebo got Samuel the Niners into the red zone, but it appeared the Seahawks’ Johnathan Abram rolled the receiver’s ankle making the tackle.

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At the very least, Abrams picked up Samuel’s leg and dragged him a few inches.

When Samuel asked for a flag, the players had to be kept apart. Samuel got up slowly from the play.

Shanahan said the tackle “angered the team‘, and the Niners refused to take their foot off the accelerator from there.

That drive ended in a rushing touchdown by Brock Purdy. On the Seahawks’ ensuing drive, the Niners recovered a Geno Smith fumble and turned it into another touchdown. The Niners scored on each of their possessions in the second half.

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Speaking to reporters after the game, Samuel said he stayed on the ground because apart from the tackle that hurt his ankle, he wanted to keep his composure and control his emotions.

Samuel retaliated later in the game with a 74-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the game out of bounds.

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“I don’t know what he was trying to achieve with that, but it certainly wasn’t the smartest move.” Niners linebacker, Fred Warner added, referring to Abrams.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs for a touchdown during the second half of a wild card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, California, Saturday, January 14, 2023.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs for a touchdown during the second half of a wild card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, California, Saturday, January 14, 2023.
(TBEN Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

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Samuel missed time earlier this season with an ankle injury and returned last week.

The Niners won their 11th straight game and await their opponent for the division round.