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The Niners entered last season’s NFC title game meeting on a 13-game winning streak and with high hopes of making it back to the Super Bowl.

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But that chance was quickly extinguished on San Francisco’s first drive of the game when Haason Reddick hit quarterback Brock Purdy so hard that Purdy tore a ligament in his throwing elbow. Backup Josh Johnson came in but struggled before leaving with a concussion early in the third quarter.

That forced the Niners to play most of the second half with Purdy at quarterback and unable to throw the ball more than a few yards.

The Eagles won the game easily, beating San Francisco 31-7 to advance to the Super Bowl where they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Last year is over with,” defensive end Nick Bosa said. “Neither team finished the job so it’s not like they’re looking back and reminiscing on an NFC Championship win, either. We were both sad at the end of the year. We both have aspirations to win Super Bowls so it’s a new year and this is a big step for both of us to get to that aspiration.”

In the days after the game, Niners receiver Deebo Samuel called Eagles cornerback James Bradberry “trash” and Philadelphia his “most hated” opponent.

Teammate Brandon Aiyuk said the Eagles were “extremely lucky” to win and would get exposed in the Super Bowl against Kansas City.

Samuel said he had no regrets about anything he said last year, but maintained that the rematch had no special meaning.

“It’s not about revenge,” he said. “It’s another game on the schedule. We’re going to treat it like any other game.”

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