Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers experienced a nail-biting moment in their divisional-round playoff victory against the Green Bay Packers. Dre Greenlaw's game-winning interception brought excitement to the squad, but it also caused worry.
Greenlaw refused to go down with the ball in front of a raucous Levi's Stadium crowd, making Shanahan and his teammates nervous.
Shanahan comically described the experience on "49ers Postgame Live" with NBC Sports Bay Area's Carlos Ramirez, Donte Whitner, and Rod Brooks. Shanahan stated, "There was about three seconds where I didn't [love him],
and I couldn't—I wanted to run on the pitch and tackle him myself." I wanted him to get down. "But once he did, the love returned." Tight end George Kittle had a broad variety of emotions when he witnessed Greenlaw's dagger pick.
"I think the whole stadium was yelling [at Greenlaw to get down]," Kittle told reporters following the victory. "I believe I heard you guys up there shouting at him to get down...
I said, 'Dude, Dre, what are you playing, backyard football?' Oh my gosh, the game just went down. Every time he sliced, it looked like an NBA crossover.
So, yes, his interception was probably the most tense portion of the night for both of them. I didn't want to follow the convoy. It's what it is: "We will learn from it."