Fred Warner just showed how to stop the Tush Push. Here’s how social media reacted
The 49ers linebacker timed the snap perfectly and leapt over the line to make a goal-line stop in San Francisco’s Monday night matchup against Minnesota
The Philadelphia Eagles have the Tush Push — the team’s solution for picking up first downs on short-yardage situations.
The San Francisco 49ers? Well, they have the Flyin’ Freddy and a possible solution for how to stop the Tush Push.
49ers All-Pro Fred Warner is viewed as one of the NFL’s top middle linebackers, and on Monday Night Football, he showed off some of the athleticism that has earned him that reputation.
During the third quarter, the Minnesota Vikings drove deep into 49ers territory and faced a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line looking to add to a 16-7 lead.
On first down, the Vikings tried to run the ball up the middle, but Warner timed the snap and leapt over both lines to make a stop on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins for no gain.
Here’s a slowed-down side angle of the play and how well-timed the leap was:
San Francisco ended up holding the Vikings to a field goal on the drive, helping keep it a two-score game. The 49ers, though, ended up losing 22-17 after Minnesota intercepted Brock Purdy on San Francisco’s final two drives.
Warner ended up with a team-high 13 tackles (including seven solo stops), a tackle for loss and a pass deflection.
Warner’s dive over the line was reminiscent of a goal-line play from another defender from his alma mater. In 1984, the late Kyle Morrell leapt over the line to help make a stop against Hawaii during a key late possession.
Naturally, Warner’s play had social media buzzing. Here’s just a sampling: