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Ex-NFL star blames ‘bad coaching’ for 49ers’ loss

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Cam Newton criticized Brock Purdy’s performance in the playoffs as the San Francisco 49ers reached the Super Bowl.

Newton blamed coaching decisions and the team’s choice to receive the ball first in overtime for their loss.

“Field goal versus touchdown, that’s not Brock Purdy,” Newton said.

“Why the [expletive] did they receive the ball first? It was Tony Romo who mentioned this — when you know what you have to get, now you have four downs to get it, not three.”

Newton defended Purdy’s performance, stating he played well enough for his team to win.

“The 49ers, they were just trying to get points. And that is not Brock Purdy’s fault, that’s bad coaching. There was too many people who was exposed. They didn’t know the real rules of overtime,” Newton said.

Purdy “played good enough for his team to win,” he said.

Several 49ers players, including Kyle Juszczyk and Arik Armstead, admitted they were unaware of the rules of playoff overtime.

“You know what? I didn’t even realize the playoff rules were different in overtime,” 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. “I assume you just want the ball to score a touchdown and win. I guess that’s not the case. I don’t totally know the strategy there. We hadn’t talked about it, no.”

“I didn’t even know about the new playoff overtime rule, so it was a surprise to me,” 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead said. “I didn’t even really know what was going on in terms of that.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan mentioned having a strategy for overtime to secure a win.

“If both teams matched and scored, we wanted to be the ones with the chance to go win it,” Shanahan said. “We got that field goal, so we were hoping to hold them to at least a field goal. If we did, we felt it was in our hands after.”

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