49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman suffered a gruesome knee injury during Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Seahawks on a play in which he clearly stripped the ball from Seattle wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. The officials somehow missed it, the Seahawks maintained possession (for one more play, anyway), and Bowman left the field on a cart, unable to put weight on his left knee.
It gets worse: Some CenturyLink Field fans threw popcorn at Bowman as he made his way off the field and into the tunnel.
Not Seattle's proudest moment, something Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman noted in his TheMMQB.com column Monday morning.
"One thing I can't accept is what I read after the game about Seahawks fans throwing food at 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman as he was being carted off the field with his knee injury," Sherman wrote. "If it's true, it's beyond terrible. That's as low as it gets. I'm sure whoever did this is in a small minority of fans, because I don't think that kind of action is an accurate representation of the character of the 12th man. Bowman is a great player who plays the game the right way. When he went down, I dropped to a knee and prayed for him. He deserves better than having food thrown at him as he's carted off a field. All players deserve better than that."
And the 49ers, who have made it to three straight NFC Championship games, will have another offseason to think about how they fell just short of their goal.
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