The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos at home with the score of 20-14. The 49ers snapped a three game losing streak while managing to get their third win of the season. Many 49er fans predicted a loss against the Broncos because of Denver’s pass rush that has Von Miller, one of the premier pass rushers in the league, and Bradley Chubb who was drafted 5th overall in the 2018 draft who managed to get this twelfth sack of the season. Only ten other players have managed to do that in their rookie season and Chubbs still has three games to go. Plus the Broncos were trying to make a playoff push by winning three straight games against the Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals but the loss against the 49ers may have spoiled their chances. There are many pros instead of cons in this game so let’s dive in.
Stone Cold Record Breaker:
George Kittle just played the best game of his career and this is only his sophomore year in the NFL. Kittle broke two records on late Sunday afternoon. He has the most receiving yards by a tight end in 49ers franchise history in a single game (210) and he is the only 49ers tight end to earn over 1,000 yards in a single season (1,103 receiving yards and still counting). Kittle has played as an elite Top 3 tight end in this league this year playing with three different quarterbacks and the scary part about this is that he hasn’t hit his prime yet. He got that most receiving yards in a single game record in the first half alone. He was on pace for over 400 yards and only needed five more yards for the most yards by a tight end in a single game. Shannon Sharpe holds the record when he was playing for the Denver Broncos against the Kansas City Chiefs and earned 214 yards.
Marcell Harris playing at strong safety has starter potential over Jaquiski Tartt who seems to be injury prone every year and is a Baalke leftover. D.J. Reed started at nickel position and he plays that spot a lot better than he does at free safety. It seems like he’s a lot more comfortable there and easily could take Williams spot there as well. Both Harris and Reed played very good Sunday by making key tackles at crucial moments in the game situations and by having fans have something look forward to in the off-season. Dante Pettis is still making a name for himself these past few weeks while scoring touchdowns on back to back weeks totaling up to five on the season. Fred Warner is looking extra sharp at the MIKE position on defense and it seems like he’s going to keep that position for a very long time. Warner and Pettis have All-Pro potential and can be key star players as the future goes on.