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The 49ers are sending quite a message!

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What was supposed to be the duel of the year in the national conference quickly took on the appearance of a massacre. The 49ers sent quite a message by ridiculing the Eagles in what is becoming one of the toughest rivalries in the NFL.

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The 49ers had the upper hand by 42-19 and in addition to a difficult first quarter during which they did not complete a single pass and finished with -6 yards of attack, they released the steamroller.

After this first quarter to forget, Brock Purdy opened the machine by completing nine of his 11 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter. He finished the game with 314 yards and four touchdowns, bringing his total to 23 touchdown passes against just six interceptions this season.

To think that mid-season, in a three-game losing streak for the 49ers, some jokers started asking head coach Kyle Shanahan if he was thinking about changing quarterbacks. It’s enough to dilate the spleen a few weeks later!

Today, the 49ers are 9-3 and the Eagles, with this rare misstep, slip to 10-2. Their lead at the top of the national conference is becoming slimmer. That’s without taking into account that next week, they travel to Dallas for a huge divisional shock against the Cowboys (9-3). Things could get really complicated suddenly.

For the 49ers to achieve such a convincing victory on enemy soil in Philadelphia, in one of the most hostile environments there is, is a clear message. In good French, they are not there to fool around.

A sweet revenge

Dr. Greenlaw clashed with Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni and Dom DiSandro.

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Throughout the meeting, the mutual hatred was palpable. Several skirmishes have broken out and we feel that there is no love between these two teams.

Last January, the National Conference Finals pitted the same two rivals against Philadelphia, but the 49ers quarterback was injured and the Eagles took control.

Since then, players from both clans have insulted each other through the media and the Niners have sworn several times that the conclusion, with a real functional quarterback, would be different.

Tensions particularly rose when 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw was ejected after attacking a member of the Eagles staff.

Deebo Samuel, for his part, allowed himself to treat rival cornerback James Bradberry as trash. No question of saluting his words, but we must give him one thing. He solidly supported his words by having a crazy match. It’s one thing to drool, it’s another to show up.

Samuel finished with four receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to three carries for 22 yards and another touchdown.

Strikes from everywhere


Deebo Samuel (19) had several opportunities to celebrate against the Eagles.

Christian McCaffrey scored a touchdown and rushed for 93 yards.

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Carrier Christian McCaffrey led the charge again with 137 yards from the line of scrimmage and a touchdown.

He also became the third player in history with 50 rushing touchdowns and 25 passing touchdowns. It’s high time he was considered in the discussion for Most Valuable Player. When two players from the same team, in this case McCaffrey and Purdy, could be elected, that says a lot.

This is where the great strength of the 49ers lies. Strikes can come from anywhere. Purdy has a knack for catching his receivers in full swing and they excel at getting yards after the catch. Moreover, the team is fifth in the league with 57 explosive plays of more than 20 yards.

And when it’s not the party for Purdy, Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk, it’s McCaffrey who is doing it. All that, not to mention their fabulous defensive front, which has 18 quarterback sacks in the last four games.

As for the Eagles, there is reason to believe they had a bad one in the system. We would sign the contract right away to see these two teams in the conference finals in January.

5 KEY MOMENTS

1. We make bombs!


Deebo Samuel (19) had several opportunities to celebrate against the Eagles.

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Like Pagliaro’s old hit, the Dolphins make bombs, more and more, more bombs! They were merciless to the Commanders in a 45-15 victory in which Tyreek Hill scored two touchdowns on bombs of 78 yards and 60 yards. The receiver now has 20 career touchdowns of 60 yards or more, something only four other players (Bobby Mitchell, Devin Hester, Jerry Rice and DeSean Jackson) have achieved before him. Hill finished with 5 receptions for 157 yards. The march towards a record 2,000-yard season is well underway.

2. The Colts at the last minute


Deebo Samuel (19) had several opportunities to celebrate against the Eagles.

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It took overtime and several crazy plays, including a touchdown on a blocked punt, for the Colts to overcome the Titans in overtime. After an overtime field goal by the Titans gave them a 28-25 lead, the Colts orchestrated a quick 5-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a pass from Gardner Minshew to Michael Pittman for the game-winning touchdown. Casually, the Colts are 7-5 and would make the playoffs if they started today. Who saw that one coming?

3. Mike Evans flies away


Deebo Samuel (19) had several opportunities to celebrate against the Eagles.

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Unsurprisingly, the Buccaneers got the better of the Panthers, but it was especially veteran receiver Mike Evans who caught the attention. He scored his 10e touchdown of the season on a long play of 75 yards and subsequently reached the plateau of 1000 yards in a season for the 10e season away. In fact, he has never had a season with less than 1,000 yards to date and he is a real metronome. The most amazing thing is that before this game, his quarterback Baker Mayfield had only amassed 93 yards on 21 passes. Sometimes it takes just one game for perceptions to completely change.

4. The defense stands up


Deebo Samuel (19) had several opportunities to celebrate against the Eagles.

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The Falcons didn’t play a spectacular game against the Jets, but their defense took control to get a big victory. Trailing 13-8 at the end of the third quarter, the Jets were muzzled thereafter gaining only 76 yards on their last five offensive drives. One of them ended with an interception and another with a fumble on a quarterback sack. On the Jets’ final attempt, Arnold Ebiketie made a big quarterback sack which plunged the opposing attack into an impossible fourth-down situation. The Falcons (6-6) remain first in their division and the Saints (5-7) lost.

5. No magic


Deebo Samuel (19) had several opportunities to celebrate against the Eagles.

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The Patriots finally pulled the plogue on Mac Jones, but the performance of quarterback Bailey Zappe did nothing to make us forget the misery of recent weeks. The second-year quarterback completed just 13 of 25 passes for 141 yards and the offense was shut out. The Patriots still had an opportunity to go for the victory at the end of the match, but Zappe only completed one of his five passes in this final sequence. Even the Patriots’ rare threatening plays resulted in nothing, like a long pass that Tyquan Thornton was unable to control.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

1. The 49ers

The 49ers amassed 456 yards and scored touchdowns on each of their four presences in the pay zone, against the big machine of the Eagles. Clearly the most convincing effort of the weekend!

2. Sam LaPorta

What an excellent second round pick by the Lions in the last draft! Rookie tight end Sam LaPorta set a team record at his position with 140 yards on nine receptions.

3. Matthew Stafford

The veteran Rams quarterback was solid against the Browns’ excellent defense with 279 yards and three touchdowns. His rookie receiver Puka Nacua reached the 1,000-yard mark, but was hampered by a rib injury.

4. The Texans

Big victory against the Broncos! The core is very young with CJ Stroud (22 years old), Tank Dell and Nico Collins (24 years old), Will Anderson Jr (22 years old) and Derek Stingley (22 years old). The Texans will be dominant within two years.

5. Mike Evans

What we didn’t tell you about his 10e season of more than 1,000 yards in a row, is that no other receiver before him began his career with more than six seasons in a row of 1,000 yards. However, apart from Tom Brady, he has not often had the opportunity to bet on truly good quarterbacks.

LOSERS OF THE WEEK

1. The Patriots

For a third week in a row, the Patriots gave less than 10 points to the opposing attack. And for the third week in a row, they lost. Do you realize how disgusting their attack is? Sorry, there is no other word.

2. The Steelers

Not only did they lose their duel against the poor Cardinals, but they lost the services of quarterback Kenny Pickett. Safety guard Minkah Fitzpatrick, just returned to the game, suffered a broken hand.

3. The Jets

Zach Wilson, Tim Boyle, Trevor Siemian, it’s all the same. If this team had even the slightest bit of competent quarterback, with a defense like this, it would be a guaranteed playoff presence. Aaron Rodgers may come back, but it’s too late.

4. Russell Wilson

The Broncos quarterback was chased all day by the Texans defense, being sacked three times and hit eight times. In a hurry to get off the mark, he committed three interceptions, including a fatal one in the end zone at the very end of the game by Jimmie Ward.

5. Derek Carr

After a difficult first quarter, the Saints pivot had some good moments against the Lions when he was severely brought down to the ground by Bruce Irvin. He had to leave the game to be evaluated for a concussion, shoulder injury and back injury. We feel bad for him…



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