For the first nine weeks of regular-season play, the San Francisco 49ers didn’t win a single game. That all changed on November 12; the Niners gained a guardian angel just hours before kicking off against the New York Giants.

San Francisco wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and his wife, Morgan, lost their son less than 12 hours before Goodwin joined his team on the field.

Marquise Goodwin/Instagram

He shared this heartbreaking image with his Instagram followers:

Marquise Goodwin/Instagram

Along with the image, Goodwin wrote:

I just wanna thank those who’ve genuinely prayed for [Morgan Goodwin] and myself throughout this pregnancy. Unfortunately, we lost our baby boy due to some complications, and had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4:00 a.m. Although we are hurt, I am grateful for the experience and grateful that God blessed me with a wife as courageous and resilient as Morgan. The pain (physically, mentally, & emotionally) that she has endured is unbelievable. Please pray for the Goodwin family.

According to Goodwin’s Instagram account, this was the couple’s first child together.

Despite the heartbreak he had just endured, Goodwin chose to run out onto the field with his teammates.

With his team trailing the Giants 6-3 with just over eight minutes to go in the second quarter, 49ers quarterback, C.J. Beathard dropped back as Goodwin took off downfield, beating Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

Beathard heaved the ball from his own 8-yard line right into the hands of Goodwin as he crossed the Giants’ 35-yard line.

Goodwin then ran it in for a touchdown, giving his team a 10-6 lead over its opponent. He dropped to his knees as soon as he crossed the goal line:


A post shared by Marquise Goodwin (@marquisegoodwin) on Nov 12, 2017 at 7:03pm PST

He then looked up to the sky before being overcome with emotion and dropping his head to the ground. His teammates quickly ran to his side to both console and congratulate him.

As Goodwin wrote on Instagram:

If only you knew the load this back has carried.

The Niners went on to beat the Giants by a score of 31-21.

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