So far in the 2022 NFL postseason, only one team has pulled off a road victory and that is the San Francisco 49ers. They did so against the Dallas Cowboys in a game that was highly contested from start to finish and also highly publicized. After all, the 49ers and Cowboys have a playoff history dating back three decades. NFL films surely knew that this game would lead to some great audio clips because they had several players “mic’d up” for the contest.

One of those microphones just so happened to capture the moment that 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel asked for the ball, got it, and scored a touchdown.


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With a receiver actually getting his way when demanding the ball being such an uncommon occurrence in the league, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked during his media availability on Thursday about whether Deebo’s words carried any weight or not:

“It did there, Someone telling me to get them the ball doesn’t at all mean that I’m going to get them the ball. Sometimes it’s just interesting to hear him, but when he says, ‘Get me the ball,’ you guys watch how he runs, and you know how much he means it. Deebo is as real of a guy as I’ve been around and he has a passion for this game that is making him one of the best players in this league. And the passion he has when he says that, those words carry a little differently to me than other people’s. And I want him to get him the ball on almost every play. I wasn’t quite thinking about it there. We had a quick turnaround, got a turnover and I was sitting there thinking about what direction to go and I probably would’ve ended up going that direction. But when Deebo looks at you and says that, it wasn’t hard to think about it. It was just find a run to Deebo.” – Kyle Shanahan

Samuel had 72 yards on the ground against Dallas, the most by a receiver in a playoff game since in the Super Bowl era (1966-present.) In second place on that list is Hall of Famer James Lofton and third place is astonishingly…Samuel, who had 53 yards for the 49ers in their Super Bowl LIV loss.