Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday Night Football: George Kittle, Emmanuel Sanders get 49ers out to 21-7 first-half lead over Cardinals

Oct 31, 2019 at 6:52 PM--

Remember the part about Thursday Night Football games being weird, especially for the road team? The San Francisco 49ers looked a bit disjointed early in Arizona, yet hold a 21-7 halftime lead over their NFC West division rivals.

The Niners' bid to remain undefeated through Week 9 went through the Arizona Cardinals in prime time, and the game got off to a similar start as did the Niners' previous contests against the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins, as newly acquired Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake picked up chunk yardage on San Francisco's first defensive stand.

Arizona's opening possession culminated in a touchdown, as Drake punched it in to give the Cardinals a quick 7-0 lead.

The 49ers were able to respond back towards the end of the first quarter, however, thanks to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hitting tight end George Kittle for what was a pretty amazing touchdown score with the stiff arm on Cardinals safety Budda Baker:

Garoppolo would hit wide receiver Kendrick Bourne in the second quarter, too, despite the ball being tipped. And one of the primary setup players of the drive was wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who finished the first half with 74 yards on five receptions with a touchdown. Garoppolo, meanwhile, was 17-of-21 for 172 yards, three touchdowns against no interceptions. His counterpart, Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, was 7-of-13 for 46 yards and was sacked twice.

San Francisco's running game, which was so effective with running back Tevin Coleman last week against the Carolina Panthers, saw fellow tailback Matt Breida rip off 65 yards on six attempts, most of those coming in the waning minutes of the first half.

Facing 4th-and-1 with four seconds remaining in the half, head coach Kyle Shanahan elected to go for it. The Cardinals looked like they initially stopped it, although head coach Kliff Kingsbury called a timeout just before the snap, which wasn't heard. Given the extra chance, Garoppolo managed to hit Sanders to close out the first half.

The 49ers will receive to open up the third quarter.
  • Written by:
    Peter Panacy has been writing about the 49ers since 2011 for outlets like Bleacher Report, Niner Noise, 49ers Webzone, and is occasionally heard as a guest on San Francisco's 95.7 FM The Game and the Niners' flagship station, KNBR 680. Feel free to follow him, or direct any inquiries to his Twitter account.

More San Francisco 49ers News

Pro Football Focus names George Kittle among two top-tier tight ends in fantasy football

By David Bonilla
Aug 3, 2020

You can't discuss the NFL's best tight end without including George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers. He has recorded back-to-back seasons of over 1,000 yards receiving, getting into the end zone 10 times during that span, and set a new NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end in 2018 with 1,377. Kittle is pretty good. So is Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs. The two find themselves listed as the only Tier-1 players within Pro Football Focus' rankings of the best fantasy football tight ends. The tier is reserved for players who possess elite talent and utilization. "Both Kelce and Kittle are the consensus top two

Read the Full Article

George Kittle excited to 'bury people' on the football field with or without fans in stadiums

By David Bonilla
Jul 31, 2020

George Kittle was a guest on the Pardon My Take podcast and discussed several topics during the 25-minute interview. The San Francisco 49ers tight end talked about Super Bowl LIV, his ranking in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2020, the genius of his head coach, Kyle Shanahan, his Joker tattoo, and, finally, potentially playing games this season without fans in the stands. Kittle knows things will be different this season, with the NFL trying to navigate its way through a pandemic. COVID-19 threatens to impact league revenues, future salary caps, and players' and coaches' health. Many NFL stadiums may prohibit fans from attending in accordance with local regulations. "I think it will be a challenge for everybody," Kittle said. With or without fans, Kittle

Read the Full Article

Pro Football Focus ranks George Kittle as the NFL's top tight end

By David Bonilla
Aug 11, 2020

Pro Football Focus recently ranked NFL tight ends into tiers, naming San Francisco 49ers tight end Georg Kittle as one of two tier-1 players. The other was Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs. Now, Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus has ranked the NFL's top 15 tight ends, and the 49ers' All-Pro comes in at the top spot. Linsey notes that the decision for the No. 1 spot came down to Kittle and Kelce, and that both are game-changers but in very different ways. Kittle, the 49ers' best receiving threat and one of their best run-blockers, is widely considered

Read the Full Article


More Featured Stories

Trending News

More News
Share 49erswebzone