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Shanahan isn’t concerned about Moody’s challenging day as they enter the NFL playoffs

Jan 8, 2024 #Kyle Shanahan, #Moody

Following the 49ers’ narrow 21-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, the spotlight turned to rookie kicker Jake Moody during Coach Kyle Shanahan’s press conference.

Reporters swiftly questioned Shanahan about Moody’s performance in the defeat, highlighting a 38-yard field-goal miss and a sliced second-quarter extra-point attempt, seeking his thoughts on potential concerns as the 49ers gear up for the NFC playoffs.

Shanahan acknowledged the suboptimal outcome, stating, “It’s never good when you miss, especially having two like that, an extra point.

And I think it was his first inside the 40 [yard line] maybe all year, but he’s had a hell of a year. He’s done a hell of a job up until this point. He just had a rough day today.”

Despite Moody’s strong performance leading up to Sunday, where he successfully made 60 consecutive PATs, the 24-year-old saw an end to that streak and encountered his first miss on a field goal within the 40-yard line of his career.

The 49ers’ main focus in Sunday’s game was player health, prompting Shanahan to rest seven of his nine Pro Bowl players and emphasize carrying positive momentum into their playoff bye.

Moody’s missed opportunities didn’t provide the desired boost in momentum, leading reporters to inquire about the possibility of bringing in a practice-squad kicker.

Shanahan swiftly dismissed the suggestion, expressing high praise for the rookie hailing from Michigan.

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