SANTA CLARA — It appeared really easy, however 49ers security Tashaun Gipson will let you know these ones are essentially the most tough.
When teammate Nick Bosa knocked Las Vegas Raiders left deal with Kolton Miller into quarterback Jarrett Stidham as he was throwing, the ball hung within the air for a very long time.
Gipson camped beneath it — an enormous play in additional time ready to be accomplished with an interception.
“Guys who’ve been in these conditions will let you know that these are the toughest ones to catch,” Gipson stated. “When the ball sits up there that lengthy, you have got 100 ideas occurring in your thoughts.
“That’s while you drop these sort of performs. It’s all about securing it.”
Bosa made one other play towards a doable NFL Defensive Participant of the 12 months award, and all Gipson needed to do was catch it.
“You get an alley-oop like that, it’s Christmas time,” Gipson stated. “You bought to gather that present.”
He did extra than simply seize it. He grabbed it and ran with it. Gipson’s 56-yard return arrange kicker Robbie Gould for the successful area purpose within the 49ers’ 37-34 victory in Week 17.
The 49ers’ ninth consecutive win put them into the No. 2 seed within the NFC playoffs with the highest seed remaining a chance heading into Sunday’s regular-season finale towards the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.
Gipson ran a complete of 78 yards on the play, in accordance with Zebra Applied sciences. That yardage takes under consideration how far he backpedaled earlier than the ball was thrown and the bottom he coated whereas ranging over from the center of the sector.
How drained was he on the finish of the play?
“Oh, past drained,” Gipson answered. “These 32-year-old legs solely have a stable 40-yard burst in them.”
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It was Gipson’s third interception of the season and the thirtieth of his 11-year profession.
“I’d’ve favored to have gotten ultimately zone, however the adrenaline in all probability saved me going,” he stated. “It was electrical. After I caught it, I felt the gang. It was one thing I’ll always remember.”
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