Deebo Samuel Injury: Why Did 49ers WR Walk Off the Field Clutching His Leg?

Published 02/11/2024, 9:19 PM EST

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The San Francisco 49ers can’t seem to catch a break. The Super Bowl LVIII has been a close clash for the neutrals and an agonizingly painful one for the Chiefs and 49ers fans. Although the 49ers hold a 7-point lead over the Chiefs, it hasn’t been an easy ride so far. Deebo Samuel was the latest to suffer an injury in the third quarter.

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Samuel was seen heading to the medical tent to evaluate his status. He was involved in a scuffle against the Chiefs’ defense which ultimately saw him fall clutching his hamstring. The good news is that the 49ers avoided another loss after losing Dre Greenlaw to an Achilles injury.

Deebo Samuel was marked as questionable after he went down during the third quarter. It has been a game of two halves, with the Chiefs taking over the momentum that the 49ers had developed. The Greenlaw injury threw a wrench in the 49ers approach and Samuel’s injury scare compounded the situation for the worse.

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The clutching hamstring is one that experts have suggested is the worst, but the 49ers should consider themselves lucky. This was the moment when two key players – Deebo Samuel and Greenlaw were marked as questionable. But then, Samuel returned to the Super Bowl LVIII later in the quarter. Deebo has been crucial to how the 49ers run their offense alongside Purdy, CMC, and Aiyuk.

Even though the Niners dominated initially, the Chiefs quickly overcame the 49ers’ trick play, sliding ahead with the latest touchdown by wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling. But the Niners clinched the short-lived lead from the jaws of the Chiefs. The game then drew towards the much-anticipated overtime. This was when the script changed.

A worthy script change in the Super Bowl LVIII

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The 49ers vs Chiefs became the seventh-longest game in the history of the NFL. Yes, the Niners gave a tough game; the Chiefs managed to grab the Lombardi Trophy with a touchdown pass to Hardman in the remaining few seconds of the overtime.

Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce came up with a 13-yard completion on a third down. Then, the now- 3-time Super Bowl champ aired it out on a jaw-dropping 25-yard pass to Justin Watson. In the initial minutes of overtime, the Chiefs made a tipped pass to nearly intercept Purdy. This was when the 49ers kicked a field goal for a 22-19 lead.

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Mahomes’ 8-yard run came as a game-changer. In the last few seconds, Kelce took the Chiefs inside the 5-yard line and then came a 3-yard pass to Hardman, leading to a game-winning touchdown. The 25-22 overtime game is indeed a reflection of the Chiefs’ legacy and what they stand for.

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Kushal Jain

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Kushal Jain is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. Having started off writing as a hobby when he was 19, it has snowballed into becoming his full time profession. He is a passionate football fan, or as per the US etymology, soccer fan.
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