George Kittle fell just short of league record

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At halftime of Sunday’s game against the Broncos, 49ers tight end George Kittle was 5 yards short of a league record.

When the game ended, he was still 5 yards short of a league record.

Kittle caught seven passes for 210 yards and a touchdown in the first half, putting him within reach of the all-time record for receiving yards in a game for a tight end (214). That was set by Shannon Sharpe of the Broncos in 2002, a team which was coached by Mike Shanahan.

“The only people that were happy were probably Shannon Sharpe and my dad,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Sharpe needed overtime to get that one (including an 8-yard catch in the extra session), but Kittle got his in a half, as he was shut out after the break, and the younger Shanahan expressed some regret about that. He rattled off a list of near-misses, when Kittle was either covered or something else went awry. But they only ran 27 plays in the second half, after the Broncos woke up, so it became more difficult.

“I thought it would happen naturally throughout the game,” Shanahan said. “Every play mattered there at the end, so you’re just trying to call plays to try to win the game, not to break a record. That’s what you feel bad about. I wish he could have broken the record. He deserved to.”

If nothing else, he has the record for yards by a tight end in regulation. And in a half. So he’s got that going for him.

16 responses to “George Kittle fell just short of league record

  1. I want to give Kyle Shanahan the benefit of the doubt that he really couldn’t dial up 1 play (to get 5 yards for Kittle), of the 27 offensive plays they had in the second half, in a game that was in no doubt at any time, but Mike is his daddy.

  2. Good work, Lil Shanny – you denied your star TE a record that the team should have done everything to get, in order to win a game that risks losing your 1st overall draft pick.

  3. “The all-time record for receiving yards in a game (214) … was set by Shannon Sharpe of the Broncos in 2002.”

    “The all-time record for receiving yards in a game (*336*) … was set by *Flipper Anderson* of the *Rams* in *1989*.”

    Fixed it for you.

  4. NFL record in receiving yards in a game is 336 by a guy named Flipper Anderson. Calvin Johnson came close one year with 329 in a game, but 210 is nowhere near close to that record. Author should probably check his facts before disseminating false information.

  5. NFL record in receiving yards in a game is 336 by a guy named Flipper Anderson. Calvin Johnson came close one year with 329 in a game, but 210 is nowhere near close to that record. Author should probably check his facts before disseminating false information.
    ______________________________________________________

    Except anyone with half a brain realized he was talking about Tight Ends only

  6. Anyone with half a brain would check their work before posting it. You spelled VIKINGS SUCK wrong in your name

  7. Not strange when you realize that Shanahan was the same moron calling the offense for the Falcons in the second half of the SB vs. New England. The guy’s a idiot.

  8. texansfan82 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 9:54 am
    “Good work, Lil Shanny – you denied your star TE a record that the team should have done everything to get, in order to win a game that risks losing your 1st overall draft pick.”
    —————————————————————————————-
    Learning how to win December/January games are a lot more important than draft position.

    “Champions behave like champions before their champions.”

    Losing is a poor foundation for your program. Ask Hue Jackson.

  9. You can’t make positional records like this. Today’s game is much easier for TEs than it was in 2002.
    The most receiving yards is a metric for all players really not accurate to break it down by position.

  10. I mean, couldn’t he have just dialed up a little TE screen or shovel pass? Getting your guys excited by a teammate’s record also counts as “just trying to call plays to try to win the game.”

  11. “Not strange when you realize that “Shanahan was the same moron calling the offense for the Falcons in the second half of the SB vs. New England. The guy’s a idiot.”

    And just look how good the Falcons have done without him, with the same exact players.

  12. The all-time record for receiving yards in a game (*336*)…that is true, so very true…unfortunately, the article is about tight end receiving yards (guess you missed that last sentence: If nothing else, he has the record for yards by a tight end in regulation. And in a half. So he’s got that going for him. (Sharpe had his records in overtime.
    Was the author amiss…certainly. However, the correction is typical of those who are “politically correct”…a malady which plagues our nation…congrats!

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