49ers news: Kyle Shanahan talks Jake Moody, Sam Darnold, preparation for NFL playoffs

Kyle Shanahan weighed in on some pressing 49ers topics after the Week 18 loss to the Rams, including:

- Jake Moody's crucial misses

- Prepping for the playoffs

- Sam Darnold's first Niners start

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan
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Kyle Shanahan on getting 49ers ready for NFL playoffs

One of the biggest bonuses behind securing the No. 1 seed is the first-round bye that accompanies it.

Considering a lengthy list of injured players, currently, San Francisco could use the extra rest and preparation before taking the field again in the divisional round.

However, according to Kyle Shanahan, the playoff mindset went into effect before the first snap of 49ers versus Rams:

"That's really what we talked about all week. Having that playoff mindset, knowing the level that we have to play at coming in a couple weeks. That's why it was so important for us to get a lot out of this week. We had to practice that way. We talked about it a lot last night at our team meeting and set the schedule for the week. Guys are going to have tomorrow off. But we'll come here Tuesday, treat it like a day after game on Tuesday and get going."

Shanahan also pointed out that the team will "practice real hard" for two days this upcoming week despite having Wild Card weekend off.

Hopefully, that'll put the Niners closer to the side of "rest" and not so much "rust."