Kyle Shanahan Explains Awkward Post-Game Handshake With Matt LaFleur

Adam Taylor McKillop
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan explains the awkward post-game handshake with Matt LaFluer on Sunday Night Football.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan explains the awkward post-game handshake with Matt LaFluer on Sunday Night Football. / Michael Zagaris/Getty Images
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It was easy for San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan to dismiss his team's reaching out to Aaron Rodgers this offseason as due diligence. While that may have been true, it brought up serious questions about the ongoing relationship between Shanahan and Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFluer.

On Sunday Night Football, after Mason Crosby walked it off for Green Bay, questions around this bad-blood between the two coaches only intensified.

The post-game handshake at mid-field reeked of awkward tension in front of every football fan in America. After the game, Shanahan explained the moment.

Kyle Shanahan Matt LaFleur Beef

“I think I was just pissed about the game. It ended on the last play and I wasn’t trying to hang out too long in the middle of the field."

Kyle Shanahan

Likely a story about nothing, but fans couldn't help but notice one of the most awkward post-game interactions of the young football season so far. Although, it's easy to understand the truth behind Shanahan's explanation.

Crosby's game-winning kick was a crushing blow after Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers executed a two-minute drill to near perfection, going up 28-27 with 37 seconds left on the clock.

Both the Packers and 49ers moved to 2-1 on the season and there's no doubt that this pair of head coaches, who own a long history of working together, could easily meet again in the playoffs.

San Francisco still holds +1500 odds to win Super Bowl 56 on FanDuel Sportsbook, while the Packers rank fifth with +1200 odds.


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