SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Anxiety enveloped Levi’s Stadium during the fourth quarter Saturday, threatening the feel-good revival that the 49ers’ first playoff game at their relatively new digs had become. It was nothing tied to the outcome. The romp was secure.
It was Nick Bosa. San Francisco’s rookie defensive end lay on the turf in apparent agony after yet another collision while in pursuit of Vikings running back Dalvin Cook.
Then came the chant. “Bosa! Bosa! Bosa!”
Maybe that did the trick for quick healing. Bosa suddenly sprang to hit feet and played to the crowd. He was just fine. And to prove it, he pumped, gyrated and smacked himself in the head repeatedly, igniting a roar of relief.
Turns out, Bosa simply had the wind knocked out of him.
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