San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is seeking to redeem himself after his lackluster showing against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 18. What better way to do it than in a contest with bright lights and high stakes?
The 49ers will face off against the Rams in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday at SoFi Stadium. Both teams are coming off pulsating wins in the previous round, with Kittle coming up big for the 49ers in their upset against the Green Bay Packers.
Now, according to 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, the 28-year-old Kittle, who previously suffered a calf injury, is getting even more dangerous (via 49erswebzone.com).
“I think he started to get a little healthier by the Seattle game, had a couple of setbacks, and now I think, in the playoffs these last two weeks, I thought he’s gotten healthier than how he finished versus the Rams. When George is going and feeling good, he’s one of the more explosive tight ends in this league.”
With his passionate personality, Kittle has always been one of the 49ers’ energizers, and he’ll definitely need to bring that same aggression against the Rams, who arguably have the stronger momentum coming into their face-off. Shanahan knows it.
“What’s cool is you can see it (energy) off the field and on the field, and that’s what you miss in not just the games that George missed (while) hurt, but even when he came back, he wasn’t totally himself for a while. He’s had to battle through a lot of stuff this year, and I think he’s kind of getting there.”
The 49ers are aiming to make it to the Super Bowl for the second time in three years.