Playoffs are a time for hope. Hope is fragile, though, and so are athletes’ bodies. When marquee athletes get hurt during crunch time, fans feel the pain too. Dreams of championships die as heroes head to the operating table and hit the rehab circuit until next season. From Kawhi Leonard’s freak foot injury to Carson Palmer’s entire knee blowing out, these are the injuries that happened in the playoffs that ended their teams’ runs. LeBron and the Cavaliers stood no chance when Kyrie Irving hurt his knee in the 2015 NBA Finals.
Navarro Bowman Is Bent Backwards In Seattle
The San Francisco 49ers made three straight trips to the NFC Championship game from 2011 to 2013. Their final appearance was the one that hurt the most. With the game on the line against the Seattle Seahawks, all-pro defender Navarro Bowman had his knee twisted and bent during a goal-line stand.
The injury represented an end of a brief glorious era for the 49ers. Bowman tore his ACL and MCL on the play. He also stripped the ball and recovered it, although Seattle maintained possession. At the time the play was not reviewable, so the call on the field stood. The 49ers lost the game 23-17 and haven’t been back to the playoffs since.