No. 1: Javon Kinlaw gets a pick-six interception touchdown
Defensive linemen don’t typically record interceptions. And it’s even rarer to see them return ones for touchdowns, especially when they’re more than 10 yards out from the end zone.
Just don’t tell that to the SF 49ers’ top-drafted rookie, defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw.
Kinlaw, who has been coming on strong as of late, put himself into prime position to pick off Jared Goff on the LA Rams’ opening drive of the second half. On 2nd-and-8 at Los Angeles’ 27-yard line, pressure forced Goff to toss an ill-advised throw right into the waiting arms of Kinlaw, who then rushed behind his blockers through the Rams’ would-be tacklers and into the end zone:
Maybe we won’t give Kinlaw extra points for the “dive and flip” attempt on the score, but the play was impressive nonetheless.
“I was really supposed to be rushing, but I don’t know. Something just told me to drop, just step back,” Kinlaw told reporters after the game. “I saw the ball come out, like, ‘Yeah, we’re going to the crib.’ That’s all I know.”
Kinlaw now has 1.5 sacks, an interception and a touchdown in his last two games.
More importantly, it’s looking as if the SF 49ers are finally getting their big returns from their top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.