The 49ers needed a spark in the NFL playoffs against the Cowboys, and George Kittle delivered with one of the best catches this postseason.
Both the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys found themselves struggling on offense for the better part of three quarters during their divisional-round matchup of the NFL playoffs at Levi’s Stadium.
What was needed was a spark. At times, it appeared as if both teams would get one, the Niners picking off quarterback Dak Prescott twice and Dallas regularly pressuring Purdy.
Instead, it was Kittle who delivered a massive impact late in the third quarter with one of the craziest catches fans could see.
George Kittle makes crazy one-handed catch, Twitter goes nuts
With the game tied at 9-9, San Francisco looked to break the stalemate while also getting Kittle involved in the passing game.
Purdy’s pass might have been slightly off target, but it didn’t matter. Kittle hauled it in anyway with one hand, bobbling the 1st-and-10 pass but recovering the ball in the process:
Needless to say, Twitter’s reaction was pretty awesome.
Kittle’s catch was awfully important, yes. It kept the drive moving and picked up 31 yards at a point when Purdy and the offense were having difficulty moving the ball against a stout Dallas defense.
That seemed to spark San Francisco’s offense, though, as intended. Later on the drive, running back Christian McCaffrey was able to punch it in for a 2-yard rushing touchdown to give the 49ers a 16-9 lead.
And while there’s still plenty of regulation time left, the Niners getting that lead is a massive boost, and one can thank Kittle for playing a huge role.