The San Francisco 49ers will look to pull off an upset over the visiting Seattle Seahawks and end a losing streak dating back to 2013, and here are five players to watch during the contest.
The last time the San Francisco 49ers pulled off a win over the Seattle Seahawks was back in 2013 — a time where then-Niners running back Frank Gore played a key role in his team’s 19-17 win in Week 14.
Seattle ensured it would have a chance to extend that elongated streak over San Francisco by dominating the Niners 43-16 two weeks ago in Week 13.
However, head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. have a chance to both play spoiler to the Seahawks’ playoff chances in 2018 and end that losing streak this Sunday when their NFC West rivals come to Levi’s Stadium.
To have a shot at that, Shanahan will need to rely on a number of key players during this contest.
Here are five to watch during Sunday’s bout.
No. 5: Tight End George Kittle
Tight end George Kittle is coming off a historic performance against the Denver Broncos — a game in which he recorded seven catches for 210 yards and a touchdown, becoming the first player at his position to record 1,000 receiving yards in a single season for the franchise.
There’s no denying Kittle is a major weapon for Shanahan’s offense. In Week 13, however, the Seahawks did a decent job keeping the talented tight end in check, limiting him to six catches for 70 yards and keeping him out of the end zone.
On the year, Seattle is allowing an average of 38.6 yards per game to tight ends.
Kittle isn’t your average tight end, however, making his efforts of particular note during this divisional bout. If he’s having a good game, chances are the Niners offense is keeping pace with what the Seahawks are doing.