George Kittle had an unreal split from Seahawks’ D on two TD catches

George Kittle loves one thing about football more than anything else, and the 49ers tight end pulled off the feat twice Thursday night during his big game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field.

“There’s nothing like openness in football because it doesn’t happen very often,” Kittle told reporters after San Francisco’s 21-13 win to lift the NFC West title.

Kittle scored two of the 49ers’ three touchdowns that night, thanks to the resourcefulness of coach Kyle Shanahan and some perfect passes from rookie quarterback Brock Purdy. But Kittle’s breakup with Seahawks defensemen during the two games was perhaps most impressive.

The 49ers’ first touchdown of the game was marked by what Shanahan described as a “Hollywood” game, and the 28-yard first-quarter haul could not have been executed more perfectly by everyone involved.

Kittle’s first thought when he heard the Hollywood Play call on Thursday?

“Touch down, every time,” Kittle said. “…Anytime Kyle dials up something you know you’re going to get the ball, try to bring it into being. So you have to say, “Touchdown,” just imagine it.

“It was actually perfect.”

Purdy’s wrong left, then wrong right forced the entire Seattle backfield to clear the center, leaving Kittle – who was pretending to be just a blocker in the game – wide open for the touchdown.

Shanahan applauded Kittle’s Oscar-worthy performance after the game, and the coach noted a change the 49ers made from the Los Angeles Rams in 2018. Instead of faking Kittle for a cut-block up front, the tight end timed it.

“The play is called ‘Hollywood’ because I want Kittle to do a good job as an actor,” Shanahan said. “We’ve done it in the past where he’s fallen so they really forget about him. Sometimes I think it’s too obvious when he falls. …

“He did a good job without hitting the floor and we had the right look.”

On his second touchdown of the game in the third quarter, Kittle was wide open again, taking a 54-yard pass from Purdy to the home.

And for the second time, his breakup was incredible.

Kittle’s two-point game was the third of his career with two or more touchdowns — two of them this season.

His big night also put him in the 49ers’ record books, marking the most games with two touchdowns of 25 yards or more in a season by a San Francisco player since wide receiver Terrell Owens had a pair in 2001.

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And there’s more.

Kittle’s 54-yard touchdown was also the longest by an NFL tight end this season, and his 5,082 receiving yards this season makes him the ninth 49ers player and third tight end in franchise history to win in his career Recorded 5,000 or more receiving yards.

The tight end really is a special player with and without the ball in hand, and according to Next Gen Stats, his 714 yards from the catch over expected since 2018 is behind only one other NFL player — his 49ers teammate Deebo Samuel (773).

Have a night – and a career – wide open Kittle.

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