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Kyle Shanahan explains why he didn’t hand out game balls after 49ers trounce Rams

Nov 15, 2021 at 8:45 PM--


Head coach Kyle Shanahan usually hands out game balls after a victory. However, he didn't do so after his San Francisco 49ers trounced the NFC West-rival Los Angeles Rams 31-10. The coach explained why after the game.

"We didn't give any game balls out," Shanahan told reporters. "I would have given one to everybody, if we did, but we need to start to expect some more games like that. We've got to be sure that -- we can be better or worse next week, and we've got to make sure we're better."

San Francisco improves to 4-5 and prevents falling back into last place in the NFC West. That dishonor belongs to the Seattle Seahawks, who are 3-6. Shanahan and the Niners have won five straight against the Rams, and earned their first home victory in 393 days. That last home win came on October 18, 2020—against the Rams.

"It's been frustrating," Shanahan admitted. "We haven't won at home yet this year. The last time we did win at home was versus the Rams. We had one game after that versus the Packers. Then we spent our home [games] in Arizona.

"But just going into this year was very frustrating, especially [with] the [great] crowds that we've had, the way our fans have been. There were awesome today, just like they were awesome last week. I'm glad we gave them something to be proud of today."

The 49ers will try to build on their momentum with a road win this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars.



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