SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KRON) — “Oh, what a catch by Kittle! Are you kidding?”
Those were the words from FOX play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt after 49ers tight end George Kittle made a highlight-reel circus catch during San Francisco’s 19-12 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.
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Replay of the catch shows the pass from rookie quarterback Brock Purdy hit Kittle twice in the helmet before the Pro Bowl tight end fell to the ground and secured the ball.
The 30-yard grab happened with about five minutes left in the third. Kittle’s catch proved to be significant as it led to San Francisco’s only touchdown drive in the game when Christian McCaffrey ran in for a two-yard score 10 plays later.
Kittle caught five passes for 95 yards to help send the 49ers (13-4 regular-season record) to Philadelphia (14-3) in next Sunday’s NFC Championship. That game is scheduled for a noon kickoff and will be televised on FOX.