New York Giants Rookie linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux took aim at the San Francisco 49ers on social media in the midst of their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, prompting a Niners legend to respond.
The Giants were recently knocked out of the playoffs with a 38-7 loss to the Eagles in the divisional round, but despite that, Thibodeaux was confident that New York could have been a better opponent than San Francisco.
«The way this game is looking, we could be better than the 49ers,» he wrote in a tweet.
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The tweet apparently made its way to Niners legend Joe Staley, who didn’t hold back.
«[You’re] a flash player who gets bodied for average tackles. Don’t let the New York media get to you too much.»
A back and forth between the two quickly ensued.
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Staley responded to the snub: «Enough to [you] reply. Congratulations on your 4 sacks this year. [though]. That’s huge. Incredible numbers.»
However, Thibodeaux continued to tweet, not directly to Staley.
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San Francisco lost to the Eagles by a smaller margin than the Giants and kept their fourth-string quarterback before having to trade back to Rookie QB Brock Purdy, who suffered a pitching hand injury early in the first half.
«Amazing season from my 49ers,» Staley said in a tweet. «It’s very hard to win when you’re on your fourth quarterback. The Niners would smoke every other team in [the] NFC in addition to the one they faced tonight. Congratulations to the Eagles.»