How Nick Bosa’s Mom Chose Joey’s Chargers-Jaguars Game Over 49ers-Seahawks

It’s not easy being the super mom to two NFL stars. But Cheryl Bosa makes it work.

This week’s conundrum: Her sons — 49ers defenseman Nick Bosa and Los Angeles Chargers edge rusher Joey Bosa — both have playoff games on Saturday. Timing and distance are an issue, though, with Nick in Santa Clara, where the 49ers will host the Seattle Seahawks at 1:30 p.m. PT, and Joey on the other coast facing the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., at 5:15 p.m.

In the end, Mama Bosa had to decide which competition she would go to.

“I was praying I could accomplish both,” Cheryl told Ashley Adamson and Lisa McCaffrey on the “Your Mom” ​​podcast. “Of course I was not lucky this weekend. Hopefully next weekend, I will.

“Joey got injured this year. I was at some of his first games, I was at the game where he went down, and then he’s been out for 10 or 12 weeks. I went back to his first game, which was two weeks ago. I think it’s just a numbers game, you know? Like, I have to be there for him.

Joey recorded six tackles (two for loss), 1.5 sacks and a force fumble in the first two games of his seventh NFL season before going down in Week 3 with a groin injury. He was out for 13 consecutive games before returning in Week 17, and still finished the season with sixth most sacks and a tie for first most quarterback hits on the Chargers.

“I was just with Nick, we went for dinner on Sunday after the game [against the Arizona Cardinals]Cheryl said. “And I was like ‘Babe, I’m really sorry, but I’m going to Joey’s game,’ and he was like ‘Absolutely, Mom.’ “

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While Joey was gone, Nick solidified his case for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He finished the season with a league-high 18.5 sacks, just one short of Aldon Smith’s single-season franchise record of 19.5 set in 2012.

The 49ers have a 10-game win streak in the postseason and will look to build on that so Mama Bosa can cheer on the DPOY-leader next week at Levi’s Stadium.

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