Emmanuel Sanders didn’t appreciate questions about overthrown deep ball

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With the 49ers trailing 24-20 and 1:40 remaining in the fourth quarter, Jimmy Garoppolo just barely overthrew Emmanuel Sanders, who had a step on the Chiefs’ secondary for what could have been a game-winning touchdown pass. After the game, Sanders made clear he didn’t appreciate questions about it.

Asked what the route was on the play, Sanders turned the question back on the reporter.

“What do you think it was? What route do you think it was? What did it look like? What did it look like? What route do you think it looked like?” Sanders asked.

When the reporter asked if it was a post route, Sanders answered, “Yeah, it was a post route.”

Sanders then got one more question about it, asking how close he was to catching it, and he very much didn’t appreciate that one.

“How close do you think I was? That’s a dumb question,” Sanders said.

Sanders was undeniably very close, and very upset afterward about that missed opportunity.

54 responses to “Emmanuel Sanders didn’t appreciate questions about overthrown deep ball

  1. I have to agree with Sanders on these questions. Oftentimes the media asks questions that make a person wonder about the reporters intelligence.
    Questioning what route it was? DUH!!! You are a knowledgeable foot ball reporter and you did not recognize it?
    How close were you to catching it? DUH!!! Not close enough.

  2. The play looked dead from the start, had a chance when Sanders broke free late but just too long for him to get it. Tough throw to make under the amount of pressure qb was in.

  3. Emmanuel Sanders is a very talented receiver who quit on Denver and forced his way out, landing in a good situation he probably didn’t deserve to be in.
    While it was a very obvious question that probably didn’t need to be asked, had the ball thrown well, and had Sanders caught it, and had the 49ers won the game he wouldn’t have thought it dumb and likely would have elaborated.
    This is nothing more than another immature guy holding his breath and stomping his feet when something doesn’t go his way.

  4. He knows he didn’t run fast enough, no wonder he doesn’t want to talk about it. Can you blame him? He catches that ball, 49ers win the Super Bowl.

  5. JMN says:
    February 3, 2020 at 1:10 pm
    Steelers fan here: I am just glad 49ers lost, so 1 fewer team can boast that they have 6 championships
    ————-
    This may be the only thing that we, NE fans, and Pittsburgh fans agree on. Well, that and anything about the Ravens…

  6. So a strange stupid call. Best case scenario they score on that play and kick it back to Mahomes with a 3 point lead and 1:30 left to play.

    Would have been way better off trying to pick up the first.

  7. 1westcoastfootballfan says:
    February 3, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    He knows he didn’t run fast enough, no wonder he doesn’t want to talk about it. Can you blame him? He catches that ball, 49ers win the Super Bowl.
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    How do you figure that? 3 point lead and Mahomes has plenty of time to score a tying FG or winning TD.

  8. JMN says:
    February 3, 2020 at 1:10 pm
    Steelers fan here: I am just glad 49ers lost, so 1 fewer team can boast that they have 6 championships

    Well you don’t have to worry about the Packers, Bears or Giants boasting about 6 championships.

  9. 95% of the questions asked are in that same category. 95% of the answers are canned and exactly what is always said in response. It’s the 5% of the questions and answers that keep me interested & entertained.

    Asking why he failed right after he failed Gets the expected Negative response.

  10. The play looked dead from the start, had a chance when Sanders broke free late but just too long for him to get it. Tough throw to make under the amount of pressure qb was in.

    Russell Wilson would’ve made that throw pressure or not.

  11. JMN says:
    February 3, 2020 at 1:10 pm
    Steelers fan here: I am just glad 49ers lost, so 1 fewer team can boast that they have 6 championships
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    You do know that the Packers, Bears and Giants have more than 6 championships, right?

  12. He burnt all the trailing defenders and the ball was well overthrown, but somehow it’s Sanders’ fault for not being “fast enough” just because some Jimmy fans refuse to blame the guy.

  13. Nothing stings worse than a Super Bowl loss. Players give 100% all season and dreams get brutally crushed on the biggest stage in all of sports. It was a legitimate question, but some can wait 24 hours. Let the winners shine in their glory and give the losers a little space for a bit.

  14. I haven’t gone back to watch that play, but I certainly didn’t think it was Sanders’ fault. It wasn’t a good throw. It’s better to overthrow than underthrow in that situation, but still. It was a miss.

  15. So was that anger really anger at the loss, anger with the question/reporter, or anger with his QB?

  16. Clearly this is one of the more intelligent reporters in the business. These were entirely appropriate questions, probing and well thought out. Good job.

  17. Of course he is annoyed to be questioned about a key play late in the game that he gave up on. Had he ran through it as he should have, he likely would have made a highlight reel catch and then he wouldn’t want to stop talking about it.

  18. Valid responses from those that replied. I do know there are other teams with more than 6 championships, I was speaking of Super Bowls.

  19. If the reporter knew it was a post route why did he ask? It’s questions like these that make you realize most of these reporters don’t know any more about the game than a lot of fans (or people posting on PFT)

  20. The “how close were you” question was kind of funny. I think my response would have been, “You didn’t watch the game? They replayed the play several times. You probably would have had a better view than I did.”

  21. I like the Russel Wilson or Ben Roethlisberger wouldn’t have over thrown him, would have hit him the numbers responses, an easy thing to say when they were not in the game.

    Especially since they either lost out in the playoffs (Wilson) or their team has missed the playoffs 5 of the last 11 years and in the others lost in the SB one year, got stomped in the conference final another, then flamed out in the wildcard twice or divisionals twice (Roethlisberger).

  22. The NFL stepped in during the 4th quarter to make sure patty was crowned. KC only started playing well when the refs got involved. It was plain as day and patty didn’t play well enough to be SB MVP but they GAVE it him always to complete the coronation. The NFL has turned into a joke.

  23. underthrow probably would have worked well, defender likely would have picked up a PI for not turning around and running into Sanders. I liked the call. Just not a good throw.

  24. Sorry, three of us watching the game at my house and all three of us at the same time said HE quit on it!

  25. Close? It was way overthrown. Unlike The Cousins to Theilen drop in the bucket to win the the wild card round vs. Saints.

  26. boats1980 says:
    February 3, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    The NFL stepped in during the 4th quarter to make sure patty was crowned. KC only started playing well when the refs got involved. It was plain as day and patty didn’t play well enough to be SB MVP but they GAVE it him always to complete the coronation. The NFL has turned into a joke.

    I have to agree there were some officiating shenanigans going on. Not ONE single holding penalty on the Chiefs all night. Zero, none! Not ONE single defensive holding call all night long. Now it can be argued that holding can be called on almost every play in the NFL, to think that the Chiefs OLine didn’t grab a handful of jersey at least ONCE against one of the best D-Lines in the league is laughable. I can remember at least 5 I saw that should have been called. 4 penalites, 24 yards. 2 offsides, a illegal procedure and holding on a punt that was half the distance. They called a laughable OPI on Kittle right before the half. Yeah, the fix was in.

  27. I thought I was reading too much into the missed throw until I saw this thread. It seems like several of you also felt that he slowed down just as the ball was arriving. Maybe he misjudged the pass in the heat of the moment, but it really did look like he slowed down just a bit which cause the pass to go over his head. If he and Jimmy G complete that pass, and the Niners go on to win, it would have gone down as one of the great clutch throws in SB history.

  28. theroc5156 says:
    February 3, 2020 at 2:02 pm
    JMN says:
    February 3, 2020 at 1:10 pm
    Steelers fan here: I am just glad 49ers lost, so 1 fewer team can boast that they have 6 championships
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    You do know that the Packers, Bears and Giants have more than 6 championships, right?

    ——————————————————————-

    Not Super Bowl wins! The Packers, Bears and Giants won “championships” when there were four teams trying.
    Barely more than participation banners.

  29. Lets be honest here, these players have been in this situation many, many times. Grow up & handle the questions like you have some sense, otherwise, don’t take questions. Those are not dumb questions to me, he’s on the field in that situation, who better to give an insight than him?

  30. Overthrown ball. Understandable reaction due to just losing superbowl. While question may have been more pointed to whether he flattened the post cut, or should it have been run skinny, it was still overthrown. Watching replay, he did not cash it in early by slowing down. The ball was over top where either he gets it or nobody gets it. Problem for 9ers, he didn’t get it.

  31. 4hourelection says:
    February 3, 2020 at 6:04 pm
    theroc5156 says:
    February 3, 2020 at 2:02 pm
    JMN says:
    February 3, 2020 at 1:10 pm
    Steelers fan here: I am just glad 49ers lost, so 1 fewer team can boast that they have 6 championships
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    You do know that the Packers, Bears and Giants have more than 6 championships, right?

    ——————————————————————-

    Not Super Bowl wins! The Packers, Bears and Giants won “championships” when there were four teams trying.
    Barely more than participation banners
    +++
    So, I guess all those World Series in baseball, prior to whatever timeline you want to place, don’t count for those teams?

  32. sportoficionado says:
    February 3, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    “Tough throw to make under the amount of pressure qb was in”.
    ***************************************************************
    Most of the ‘pressure QB was in’ at that moment came from his big contract, and Garappolo choked Big Time, call it what it is!
    Making that play is what he’s paid to do.

  33. “Not Super Bowl wins! The Packers, Bears and Giants won “championships” when there were four teams trying. Barely more than participation banners.”

    Then again they didn’t cheat with PEDs to win them.

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