49ers make 2 notable moves ahead of Sunday’s championship game
The San Francisco 49ers will face their toughest test of the season when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles on the road in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.
In an effort to stock up and give themselves the best chance of a win, the 49ers have released two players from their practice squad — running back Tevin Coleman and cornerback Janoris Jenkins — to play on Sunday.
The 49ers have elevated RB Tevin Coleman and CB Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins from the practice squad for tomorrow’s game.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 28, 2023
Jenkins is an 11-year veteran who was voted into the Pro Bowl in 2016.
The 49ers signed him to their practice squad at the end of the regular season, and he’s played four games for them since, splitting time between defense and special teams.
Coleman has spent three of the past four seasons with San Francisco, and he was named this season after joining the team after a year with the New York Jets.
The game between the Niners and Eagles appears to be fairly even, as both teams are exceptional at directing the football and have multiple Pro Bowlers on defense.
But the only advantage San Francisco may have is the fact that Philly is poor on run defense.
With Christian McCaffrey, Elijah Mitchell, wide receiver Deebo Samuel and Coleman all capable of rushing, the Niners hope to wear down the Eagles’ front seven as the game unfolds, which they were able to do at the Dallas Cowboys in the Division Round last week.
By winning, Niners quarterback Brock Purdy could become the first rookie starting signalman to lead his team to a Super Bowl appearance.