Breaking down 49ers offensive game plan for Week 18 vs. Rams

Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

49ers must rely on the talents of George Kittle

Tight end George KIttle is one of the few 49ers that cannot be stopped even when opposing teams build a game plan around him and focus on eliminating his production. His crafty route running and ability to box out the opposition allows Kittle to find himself open against bigger linebackers and smaller safeties.

In the first meeting against the Rams, Kittle was targeted three times on the opening possession, including an 8-yard touchdown. Kittle went on to record seven targets, which seems a reasonable amount, considering the other playmakers on this team who needed to stay actively involved.

The upcoming game flow will determine how many looks Kittle should be getting, but if the 49ers want to sustain long drives, Kittle needs to have a couple of targets on those possessions.

Kittle is the focal point of this offense, in that his targets seem to come when the Niners need a big play or are hurting for a clutch third-down catch to keep the chains moving.

Keeping Kittle involved in the game plan will open up the offense and change the way defenders can guard the other offensive weapons.