Kyle Shanahan missed a huge opportunity to challenge a complete pass and it cost the Niners big time.
On 4th-and-3 in the first quarter, Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith appeared to make a clutch one-handed grab to get the first down.
Devonta Smith with an insane one-handed catch!pic.twitter.com/AnSmHgac7h
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 29, 2023
The replay showed that that Smith didn’t have control of the ball while coming down to the ground.
The Devonta Smith one-handed catch should've actually been incomplete as the ball clearly hit the ground. Eagles hurried to the line, seems like the 49ers didn't get the correct angle in time. Huge, huge miss.pic.twitter.com/efJ9pmb3sC
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 29, 2023
Fans ripped into Kyle Shanahan for not challenging the play.
Kyle Shanahan is going to regret not challenging that fourth-down reception by Smith
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) January 29, 2023
Genius coach Kyle Shanahan doesn't challenge even though opposing receiver is begging to run the next play as quick as possible
— Bart Winkler (@WinksThinks) January 29, 2023
Seems like an early blunder by Kyle Shanahan not to immediately throw the challenge flag. If nothing else, would have slowed down some of the momentum in this place. Might have gotten overturned. https://t.co/4YXhdvm4rd
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) January 29, 2023
Nobody told Kyle Shanahan to challenge that? Is he just meant to be a complete idiot in every big game?
— Phill (@MeekPhill_) January 29, 2023