Deebo Samuel: Johnathan Abram leg twist “turned our team up a notch”

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The 49ers were trailing the Seahawks 17-16 in the third quarter when wide receiver Deebo Samuel picked up 21 yards on a pass from Brock Purdy.

After Samuel was tackled, Seahawks safety Johnathan Abram appeared to be twisting his ankle and a brief skirmish ensued before other players from both teams got involved. There was no penalty called on the play, but the 49ers were able to score a go-ahead touchdown on the drive and then scored 18 more points in a row to put the game out of reach.

Samuel said the action hurt and that he “was about to lose it,” but caught himself in order to avoid a penalty that would have hurt the team. He also said that he felt the play became a rallying point for the team.

“I stayed down a little because I almost lost my temper,” Samuel said, via 49ersWebzone.com. “You can see the definition of our team of IGYB — I’ve got your back. . . . At the end of the day, I felt like that turned our team up a notch, and as you can see, we just went out there, and made plays.”

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said he felt “that pissed our team off” and running back Christian McCaffrey agreed that it “got everybody going” in what went from a close game to a comfortable 49ers win.

18 responses to “Deebo Samuel: Johnathan Abram leg twist “turned our team up a notch”

  1. Old Raiders never die.
    They just go to new teams and continue to do “Raiders “ stuff on the field.

  2. That was a dirty play by Abrams. Would be interested in hearing Carroll’s take on it.
    Anything less than a acceptance that it was a dirty play means he condones his players behavior

  3. If any player has to stoop so low as to intentionally try to injure an opponent in order to gain an advantage, it speaks to the offending player knowing he’s not good enough beat his opponent on an even playing field.

  4. Abram came into the league with so much promise, but he just seems to be a knucklehead who can’t make a noteworthy play without bending/breaking rules. The guy just can’t play football, he can only hit hard.

  5. Abram was a bonehead cheapshot artist at Vegas. I see he brought that character trait with him to Seattle.

  6. Guy needs to be fined and suspended next season. Typical seahawk behavior. Dirty franchise.

  7. I loved the announcers talking how great the officials were for preventing a bigger fight. Completely glossed over that they didn’t even flag the play which should have resulted in an ejection.

  8. I wonder if the NFL will suspend Abram for at least five or six games next year. I thought that the intentional attempt to injure another player required such a suspension or have the rules been changed to benefit the Seahawks? It was a blatant, intentional foul that the refs apparently never saw or were too afraid to call. Perhaps they need a suspension as well?

  9. Die hard Seahawks fan here. I missed the play. Saw a bit of the aftermath in passing. If my guy was trying to hurt the other then. He deserves a suspension, no question. 6 games no pay. That being said, I think it’s sad that, that is what takes you to motivate yourself while making millions.

  10. I remember watching hard knocks and Abram boasted about how much money he had, Derek Carr told him to basically be humble, Abrams replied that he could buy everything on the menu.

    I knew then Abrams wasn’t gonna last.

  11. One good thing Davis showed the world is that guys that play GM on TV do not make good GMs in real life

  12. Watching NBC Sports Bay Area postgame show,I saw Debo do a jersey exchange with Abram and pose for the “happy photo” after the swap. I’m sure Debo didn’t initiate the exchange . Debo must be a better person than me, I would have told Abram to $@&) himself. Are you angry about a dirty play or is that just a narrative?

  13. deneb2020 says:
    January 14, 2023 at 10:58 pm
    I wonder if the NFL will suspend Abram for at least five or six games next year. I thought that the intentional attempt to injure another player required such a suspension or have the rules been changed to benefit the Seahawks? It was a blatant, intentional foul that the refs apparently never saw or were too afraid to call. Perhaps they need a suspension as well?

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    That’s BS. There was nothing there to justify an ejection from the game let alone a six game suspension. SF fans are a bunch of snowflakes.

  14. Sure seemed like an obvious and dirty play, right there in front of the officials. I agree with “letting them play”, but no flag on that was ridiculous.

  15. He didn’t even twist. He barely lifted his leg as he was getting up. Deebo and the rest of the soft 49ers overreacted trying to draw a flag. Crazy how soft the 49ers and their fans are.

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