The San Francisco 49ers suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night, 34-17. The Niners were shorthanded coming into this one, but despite being the underdogs, coach Kyle Shanahan admitted to being quite surprised by how the Packers made easy work of his team.
In his post-game interview, Shanahan expressed how he believes his squad could have put forward a better effort against Green Bay:
“We knew it was going to be a challenge,” Kyle Shanahan said at his press conference, via Josh Alper of NBC Sports. “We knew at the start of the week it was going to be a challenge and then losing those three guys yesterday was obviously a bigger challenge, but I still thought we could have a game and still thought we could play better than we did tonight. Being down like that and not being at our best and going against a good team like that, usually that’s usually what happens, but I know we could have done better.”
San Francisco was missing the likes of Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, and most recently, Kendrick Bourne, who tested positive for COVID-19. Nonetheless, coach Shanahan was still confident that his team could have put up a better fight against the Packers than they actually did. Clearly, this was not the case.
Now 4-5, the 49ers will be back in action against the New Orleans Saints for Week 10. San Francisco should get a few warm bodies back for that one, as they look to get back to winning ways after back-to-back losses.