George Kittle one-handed grab ranks 4th on NFL’s top 100 catches
By Peter Panacy
There wasn’t much to like from the SF 49ers’ loss in Week 17 to the Seahawks, but George Kittle provided a top NFL highlight.
Even amid a lost year, SF 49ers tight end George Kittle is always good for more than a handful of highlights.
And speaking of a handful, one of those insane-type catches took place in the Niners’ 26-23 season-finale loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
The NFL just released it’s list of the top 100 catches from the 2020 season, and Kittle’s one-handed grab against Seattle made it all the way up to No. 4 (George Kittle makes his grab at the 23:50 mark of the video below):
Quarterback C.J. Beathard overthrew Kittle, yet the tight end was able to haul in the catch regardless, aided by the fact the Seattle defender missed on the would-be hit at the point of the grab.
Interestingly enough, Beathard actually appeared twice on the list, as his Hail Mary toss in garbage time against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15 was hauled in by wide receiver Kendrick Bourne.
Bourne’s grab (7:11 of the video) ranked at No. 68, while fellow Niners tight end Jordan Reed’s one-handed shoestring grab against the New Orleans Saints (19:40) ranked 20th.
George Kittle had another amazing catch vs. Raiders back in 2018
Kittle’s leaping one-handed grab wasn’t quite unlike another remarkable play he enjoyed way back in 2018 on Thursday Night Football in San Francisco’s dominant win over the Oakland Raiders.
“I closed my eyes, 100 percent,” Kittle later told reporters of the play in prime time against Oakland.
In a moment where it appeared Kittle was going to be sandwiched between a hit from three different Raiders defenders, he somehow managed to get beyond Oakland’s defense without being hit while also pulling in the pass from quarterback Nick Mullens.
Kittle then scored a touchdown shortly thereafter.
Star players often make star plays, and Kittle has no shortage of eye-popping moments from his meteoric rise to NFL superstardom. And while San Francisco’s 2020 campaign didn’t go according to plan, which included Kittle missing eight games with a broken foot, at least there are plays where fans can go back and watch in awe.
And rank within the top five of the league’s best catches from last season.
H/t to 49ers Webzone for the find.