SANTA CLARA — With a few seconds left in the 49ers’ first win of the season and their first win of the Kyle Shanahan Era, a 31-21 victory against the New York Giants, general manager John Lynch was on the sideline hugging players.
Players were on the sideline hugging Shanahan. Waiting in line to hug him. Even Lynch waited in line. Eric Reid cut to the front and poured water on Shanahan’s head. And as Shanahan walked across the field after the game, he playfully punched the 49ers PR director in the shoulder, as if to say, “We won!”
Shanahan was in love with everyone and everyone was in love with him.
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