49ers’ George Kittle speaks out on how he felt when watching Super Bowl 54 replay
Although it was an impressive run, the San Francisco 49ers ultimately came up short against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 54. It seems tight end George Kittle has since forced himself to re-live the moments that led to their downfall.
Kittle has since done his film on the 31-20 loss to the Chiefs. According to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury, he admits it was a rather tough pill to swallow:
“I watched it for the first time last night and it made it a lot worse. I’ve got to watch it for closure. It didn’t help me at all. We just didn’t make enough plays.”
Kittle’s comments are certainly understandable considering the stakes were at their highest. While Kansas City is celebrating with a championship parade back home, the 49ers are left wondering what more they could have done to affect the outcome.
The 49ers had done a stellar job of sticking to their game plan centered around their formidable defense and a strong run game. As a result, they had secured a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before the high-powered Chiefs offense finally got going once again to lead another comeback. Meanwhile, all the 49ers’ offense could do was watch as they were shut out in the fourth quarter.
When healthy, Kittle had served as a safety net for 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo all year, however, it was evident that he was a major part of Kansas City’s game plan on defense after being held to four catches and 36 yards in the biggest game of the season.
Although he is happy that his ankle injury will not require any surgery in the offseason, the sting of the 49ers’ loss in the Super Bowl is set to linger for quite some time for Kittle and company.