San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel has absolutely no love lost for the Philadelphia Eagles. Niners fans were well aware of that fact already — but Samuel reaffirmed it again to start off Super Bowl week.
The 49ers have shaken off last year’s NFC Championship Game loss to the Eagles to set up another Super Bowl matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs next week. The Niners didn’t even have to beat the Eagles to do it.
The Eagles suffered one of the most stunning second-half collapses of the past decade, culminating in their 32-9 Wild Card Round flameout against the Baker Mayfield-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As a result, Samuel doesn’t think the Eagles are at the 49ers’ level right now.
San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel Has No Time For The Philadelphia Eagles
Samuel was asked on Monday during Super Bowl Opening Night about the 49ers’ rivalry with the Eagles. The All-Pro wide receiver responded with a rather savage dismissal of Philadelphia’s pro football team.
“I consider rivalries close games,” Samuel said during his Monday press conference, via EJ Smith of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Samuel was pressed further on the Eagles during the media event. The Niners star had no plans of speaking about the eliminated NFC squad any further.
“We ain’t going to talk about that no more,” Samuel added when asked a follow-up question. “That’s over with.”
The Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 13 Loss To The San Francisco 49ers Was the Beginning Of The End
The 49ers and Eagles faced off in Week 13 with the latter looking like the Super Bowl favorite at the time. Philadelphia was 10-1 entering the contest with their lone loss looking like an anomaly against the New York Jets.
The Niners, who were a solid 8-3 at the time, completely dominated the Eagles in a 42-19 affair at Lincoln Financial Field. Samuel led all players with 116 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on just 4 catches. He also had 22 yards and a TD rushing on 3 carries.
The Eagles completely unraveled following the contest. They lost five of their last six regular season appearance and no longer held home field advantage in the playoffs, where they fell on the road against the Buccaneers. Just like the rest of us, the Eagles will have to watch from home as the 49ers play in the Super Bowl.