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49ers might not be in Super Bowl LIV without Dre Greenlaw's phenomenal tackle

MIAMI — If Dre Greenlaw had reacted a split second slower, the San Francisco 49ers might not be in Super Bowl LIV.

The difference in the NFL can sometimes be measured in just a couple of inches. Greenlaw made one of the plays that changed the entire season. In the regular-season finale, with the NFC West title on the line, Seattle Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister caught a fourth-and-goal pass over the middle. Greenlaw, a rookie fifth-round pick, reacted as Russell Wilson wound up to throw. Greenlaw met Hollister just short of the goal line. Hollister was so close to the end zone, it’s still hard to tell with absolute certainty watching the replay if he was actually short.