Wide receiver Deebo Samuel of the San Francisco 49ers has mastered the art of blocking out distractions. As the 49ers stepped foot into the hostile Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, tensions were high for the highly-anticipated NFC Championship Game rematch against the Philadelphia Eagles.
At the beginning, it appeared that a fierce battle was about to unfold. However, the 49ers quickly seized control, securing a commanding 42-19 victory despite the raucous home crowd.
After the game, Samuel revealed, "I really wasn't even listening to them, to be honest. I was just so locked in and ignoring all the noise." His unwavering focus and determination were evident throughout the match.
On the other hand, Samuel's teammate, wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, couldn't help but notice the passionate fanbase attempting to rattle the 49ers. Yet, Aiyuk seemed unfazed by the hostile environment. In fact, it only added to the intensity and excitement surrounding the Week 13 clash.
"It was super fun," Aiyuk expressed with a smile after the game. He acknowledged that even at the team's hotel, the presence of the Philadelphia fanbase was impossible to ignore. The situation escalated to the point where Aiyuk had concerns about leaving the hotel. However, he quickly added, "But it made it a bunch of fun just because the hate, you could say, between both sides, it made it super fun."
Aiyuk made sure to emphasize the team's ultimate triumph, stating confidently, "And we got the dub." The victory improved San Francisco's record to an impressive 9-3, while handing Philadelphia their second defeat of the season.
Looking ahead, the 49ers have a challenging schedule lined up. They will host the Seattle Seahawks next weekend, followed by an away game against the Arizona Cardinals. However, their biggest upcoming game will be held at Levi's Stadium, where they will face the formidable Baltimore Ravens.