Kyle Shanahan: Extra time in playoffs doesn’t mean anything

NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers
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The 49ers have a couple of advantages over the Cowboys in the divisional round.

First, the 49ers have two extra days to prepare, in comparison to the Cowboys. Second, the 49ers will play both the wild-card game and the division-round game at home. The Cowboys had to travel to Tampa, home from Tampa, and then to San Francisco.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was asked by reporters on Wednesday whether the playoff schedule gives his team an edge.

“I think it can be an advantage, sometimes it can be a disadvantage,” Shanahan said. “I know the obvious ones, that you get less rest, less time to recover. I love having more time, but sometimes you feel like you can’t play those Thursday night games and you get to it and your team is just off the wall because they haven’t slowed down at all.

“And by this time, I don’t think it is about recovery. It’s about detail and it’s about executing and it’s about playing at a high level. Once you get to games, especially in the playoffs, that recovery, people forget about pretty quickly and just watching the Rams last year, they beat the Cardinals as good as anyone and then they flew all the way to Tampa and I think they were up 28-0 at halftime, so I don’t think that means anything.”

Despite Shanahan’s effort to downplay it, it’s definitely an advantage for the 49ers. And that’s fine. They earned it by winning the No. 2 seed. Circumstances helped, too, with the No. 3 seed losing to the No. 6 seed, and prompting the winner of the No. 4 vs. No. 5 seed to play on Sunday after playing on Monday.

It’s an edge the Cowboys can overcome. But it’s an edge nevertheless.

And the Cowboys don’t mind it. Because they know it’s one of the realities of the critical relationship between the NFL and TV.

11 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: Extra time in playoffs doesn’t mean anything

  1. Shanahan probably doesn’t think having a father who was a successful NFL head coach as an advantage either.

  2. Last year the niners had no time off played very well. It all depends on the team and their mindset. In 1987 Bill Walsh had a team that was ranked #1 in offence and defense. During the time off he practiced them too hard. During Warm up against The Vikings he realized they were tired they went on to lose that game and get knocked out.

  3. This will be a boring route for the niners. It’s KC in the SB they’ll need to worry about.

  4. forgotmypassword says:
    January 18, 2023 at 9:02 pm
    Anything that disadvantages ‘dem Coyboys

    Sounds like someone is scared

  5. How about time left in the game Kyle?

    Like when you were positioned to win the SB with a simple run and FG but instead you decide that passing would make you look more like an offensive genius?

  6. While it guarantees the 49ers absolutely nothing in the end, the combination of playing at home and having an extra 50+ hours to recover from their previous game is an obvious advantage that simply can’t be wholly denied.

  7. forgotmypassword says:
    January 18, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    Anything that disadvantages ‘dem Coyboys

    If only the Cowboys could have done something to prevent that.

  8. If you want more favorable postseason terms and conditions you need to earn them during the regular season and improve your seeding as the 49ers did. I do believe the 49ers themselves went in last year as the 6th seed and they played themselves into the NFCCG under some pretty tough conditions and throughout inclement weather themselves

    It’s time to quit whining and time to play some playoff football!

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