Biggest winners, losers from Nick Bosa's massive extension from 49ers

Nick Bosa probably winds up on the winning side of things.
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages
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Pittsburgh Steelers, Kenny Pickett
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) / Justin K. Aller/GettyImages

Loser: Pittsburgh Steelers (and possibly the LA Rams)

The 49ers open up their 2023 regular-season campaign on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who would have loved nothing more but to not see Nick Bosa in Week 1.

After all, the later things got with no contract, and the regular season just days away, the signs were pointing to Bosa being absent, and the Niners pass rush is significantly weaker without him in the fray.

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Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters shortly after the Bosa extension went live that the star edge rusher would "have to have a beer belly" in order not to play on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Additionally, San Francisco travels to take on the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2. LA probably had hoped Bosa's holdout would have lasted a couple of weeks into the regular season.

Instead, Bosa will bring his five regular-season sacks against the Rams down to SoFI Stadium, the most against any other team over his budding career.