Four years ago, George Kittle vowed to return to the Super Bowl 'with a vengeance,' and that premonition has come true.
As KC was preparing for its postgame celebrations, Kittle ended up on the sideline vowing a return. That return would be accompanied "with a vengeance."
The video clip of that moment circulated around, and Kittle's determination to do just that has been a storyline for the Niners ever since that point.
After three consecutive NFC Championship game appearances, Kittle's dream of returning has finally come true.
Against Kansas City again, no less.
George Kittle tells Kurt Warner he likes 'speaking things into existence,' has already done so twice for 49ers this season
On an NFL Network segment with Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, Kittle revealed a personal trait that he subscribes to.
"I'm really big into speaking things into existence," Kittle said in response to Warner's question about the tight end's post-Super Bowl LIV comments. "What a better time than right [after losing to the Chiefs] to say that. It took a couple of years. But, hey, here we are back.
"I think the vengeance is just the best of my ability. Every single play."
Two weeks earlier, Kittle spoke another improbable outcome into existence: San Francisco's 17-point deficit come-from-behind victory over the Detroit Lions in the NFC Championship game.
"I'm not going to lie, they had us in the first half," were the words he uttered regularly along the sideline to his teammates. Then, when the 49ers were on the celebration podium, that's precisely what he told Fox Sports' Michael Strahan.
Now, with Kittle and the Niners poised to enact some vengeance against the Chiefs for what happened four years ago, one can only hope the All-Pro's ability to "speak things into existence" will manifest one more time.