George Kittle has been having a sensational second season in the NFL this year and he had the best game yet of his breakout campaign on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. First, Kittle set the 49ers franchise record for receiving yards in a season by a tight end with a dazzling 52-yard catch and run:
Then Kittle topped that with an 85-yard touchdown catch that showed off his tremendous speed:
Memo to Denver: you might want to consider covering him. Just a thought.
All told, Kittle's numbers looked like this:
The really wild thing? Kittle posted all of those stats in the first half. He had zero catches in the second half somehow. That was especially unfortunate because Kittle was within sniffing distance of the all-time NFL record for receiving yards in a game by a tight end. Shannon Sharpe is the current holder of that record, with 214 yards. Kittle seemed like a sure bet to break that record after his monstrous first half, but alas, it wasn't meant to be.
For the season, Kittle now has 69 receptions for 1103 yards and four touchdown -- with three weeks to go in the season, too. Those numbers rank among the very best tight ends in the league this season:
|Travis Kelce (Kansas City)||86||1154||13.4||10|
|Zach Ertz (Philadelphia)||98||1016||10.4||6|
|George Kittle (San Francisco)||69||1103||16.0||4|
Kittle (and Kelce, too) has a real chance to break the NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end:
Kittle has 1,103 receiving yards with three games left. The NFL record for receiving yards by a TE belongs to Gronk at 1,327. Needs 75 yards a game to break the mark. https://t.co/trUWKP42ax— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) December 10, 2018
Kittle is currently averaging.... 85 yards per game. Kittle is having an absolutely marvelous season, but Sunday may have been his finest moment yet. Congrats, Kittle, and keep on lighting up NFL defenses.