George Kittle had unreal separation from Seahawks’ D on two TD catches


George Kittle loves one thing more than anything else in football, and the tight end of the 49ers accomplished this feat twice Thursday night during his big game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field.

“There’s nothing like being wide open in football, because it doesn’t happen much,” Kittle told reporters after San Francisco’s 21-13 win that clinched the NFC West title.

Kittle scored two of the 49ers’ three touchdowns that night thanks to some ingenuity from coach Kyle Shanahan and some perfect passes from rookie quarterback Brock Purdy. But Kittle’s separation of Seahawks defensemen over the two games was perhaps most impressive.

The 49ers’ first touchdown of the game featured what Shanahan called the “Hollywood” game, and the 28-yard scoring in the first quarter couldn’t have been executed more perfectly by all involved.

Kittle’s first thought when he heard the Hollywood play call on Thursday?

“Touchdown, every time,” Kittle said. “… Any time Kyle calls something that you know you’re going to get the ball on, try to bring it to life. So you have to say, “touchdown,” just visualize it.

“It was actually perfect.”

Purdy’s fake left, then fake right, forced all of Seattle’s backfield to leave center, leaving Kittle – who was pretending to be just a blocker in the game – wide open for the touchdown.

Shanahan applauded Kittle’s Oscar-worthy performance after the game, and the coach noted a change the 49ers had made by officiating the game against the Los Angeles Rams in 2018. time.

“The play is called ‘Hollywood’ because Kittle has to act well,” Shanahan said. “We’ve done it in the past where he fell down so they really forget about him. Sometimes I think it’s too obvious when he falls. …

“He did a good job without falling to the ground, and we had the right look.”

On his second touchdown of the game in the third quarter, Kittle was wide open again and took a 54-yard pass from Purdy to the home.

And for the second time, his divorce was incredible.

Kittle’s two-score game was the third in his career with two or more receiving touchdowns—two of them this season.

His big night also put him in the 49ers’ record books, with the most games with two touchdowns of 25 or more yards in a season by a San Francisco player since wide receiver Terrell Owens had a pair in 2001.

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And there’s more.

Kittle’s 54-yard touchdown was also the longest by an NFL tight end this season, and his 5,082 receiving yards this season make him the ninth 49ers player and third tight end in franchise history to record 5,000 or more receiving yards in his career .

The tight end is truly a special player with and without the ball in his hands, and according to Next Gen Stats, his 714 yards after the expected catch follows only one other NFL player since 2018: his 49ers teammate Deebo Samuel (773).

Have a night – and a career – Kittle wide open.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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