The San Francisco 49ers may have lost in the NFC Championship Game to the Los Angeles Rams, but they were damn close. The team had multiple chances to close out LA at home, but they failed when it mattered most. The one that will be burned into some fans' heads' though is Jaquiski Tartt's dropped interception.
With the 49ers up by three and the Rams pinned in their own territory, Jaquiski Tartt had a ball sailing towards him for an easy interception. However, the safety inexplicably dropped the ball, ruling the play incomplete. The play would eventually end in a game-tying field goal, and the rest is history.
After the game, the 49ers safety took to Twitter to express his emotions, taking accountability for his crucial mistake.
No excuses!! I deserve all the criticism my way! Opportunity I dream of I came up short!!! Let my brothers down!! It Still won't define me as a person/player. Only will get stronger and better… #Believdat
— Jaquiski ‘Quaski’ Tartt (@quaski) January 31, 2022
The 49ers headed into SoFi Stadium with high hopes: after all, they've dominated the Rams in their last six meetings. The NFC Championship game looked to be their seventh win over LA, as they held a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. However, Matthew Stafford and co. chipped away at the defense, and the offense simply couldn't keep up.
In the end, it was an intercepted pass from 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (who has been nursing multiple injuries) that sealed their fate, eliminating them from Super Bowl contention. This game will be full of what-ifs for San Francisco, as the team will be heading into a very important offseason for them. Tartt's dropped INT will haunt this franchise for ages if they fail to replicate their success this season.