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An incredible George Kittle 4th down catch and run set up a 48-46 win for the 49ers in New Orleans


San Francisco and New Orleans were both 10-2 entering today’s game at the Superdome, a matchup that we could well see again in the playoffs. Based on what we got today, that would be more than welcome.

In an incredibly fun game, the Saints rallied from a 42-33 deficit with 9 minutes to play in the fourth quarter, taking the lead on a Tre’Quan Smith touchdown with less than a minute remaining.

They would fail to convert on their two-point try, however, which left the door open for the 49ers to win with a field goal. After an 8-yard completion on first down, two passes fell incomplete, leaving San Francisco with 4th and 2 on their own 33 with just 39 seconds left. To make matters worse, they were forced to use their second timeout to avoid a delay of game penalty.

Then, George Kittle happened.

That catch and run was amazing, especially the visual of Kittle’s helmet nearly being pulled off as he continues to drag three Saints players down the sideline. The catch and run yardage along with the facemask meant the 49ers were well in range for Robbie Gould, who has to be near the top of the list for most reliable kicker in a situation like this.

A high snap brought a bit of doubt into the equation, but not very much. And with that, the 49ers move to 11-2 and the top of the NFC standings with just three games to play. The Saints drop to third, though there’s still a chance they end up with a bye themselves depending on how the rest of the season goes. Either way, we could definitely see a rematch of this one, possibly for the NFC championship.

If it’s even close to as fun as today’s game was, that would be a win for everyone.

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