The infamous “Josh Allen curse” seemingly had no impact on the Kansas City Chiefs. The defending champion has made record by securing back-to-back Lombardi trophies after sealing victory against the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl LVIII.
The 49ers enjoyed a stellar season this year, but it was not enough to earn them a Lombardi trophy. The franchise has now gone since the 1994 season without securing a Super Bowl title. Besides the disappointing loss, the unfortunate injury of the team’s linebacker Dre Greenlaw will be a nightmare for them for a while.
Dre Greenlaw injury update
Head coach Kyle Shanahan informed reporters that Dre Greenlaw suffered a torn Achilles during the Super Bowl game. The injury occurred in the second quarter of the match.
The linebacker was not actively playing and had been eagerly observing from the sidelines. He attempted to join his teammates on the field when the team prepared for their defensive possession, only to suffer an awkward misstep that resulted in the injury.
Dre Greenlaw had to be carted off the field, despite immediate attention from the medical staff. He was first labeled as questionable to return to the field and was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the game.
The loss of Dre Greenlaw dealt a significant blow to the 49ers. The team held a narrow 3-0 lead at the time of his exit. Oren Burks stepped in to fill the gap next to Fred Warner, but Greenlaw’s absence was visible throughout the remainder of the game.
The 49ers also faced challenges with other key players sustaining injuries during the match. Wide receiver Deebo Samuel and tight end George Kittle both endured scares. Samuel suffered a left hamstring injury in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Kittle dealt with a shoulder injury during overtime. However, both of them managed to return to the game after receiving medical attention.
Dre Greenlaw’s performances this NFL season
Dre Greenlaw’s presence on the field for the 49ers during the NFL season has been nothing short of impactful. He proved his prowess as a key player for the team’s defense throughout the 2023 campaign prior to the injury setback.
The footballer recorded an impressive 120 tackles, marking his second consecutive season with at least that many tackles. His versatility was on full display with four passes defensed, five tackles for loss, four quarterback hits, and 1.5 sacks across 15 games. The LB Greenlaw formed one of the league’s most formidable linebacker duos by teaming up with Fred Warner and struck fear into opposing offenses.
From leading the 49ers with eight tackles in the playoff against the Green Bay Packers to his impactful presence in the Championship Game versus the Detroit Lions, the vet consistently rose to the occasion. He is now in his fifth year with the 49ers, but his performance till now has earned him a spot among the elite in the NFL.