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Golden Nuggets: Kittle’s 10th 100-yard game against the Rams is the most in 49ers history for a TE

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The San Francisco 49ers suffered a blow on Monday as Ben Garland and Raheem Mostert both are headed to the IR. The next man up mentality has been exhausted, and the Niners will have to rely on a couple of practice squad players to step up in their absence.

Jason Verrett’s big INT, Daniel Brunskill’s steady game and other 49ers minutia

Kittle took two plays off against the Rams, which for the 49ers tight end is an eternity. He’s been on the sideline for four snaps in the four games he’s played, and he’s played 98.5 percent of the offensive snaps in those contests.

Kittle had 109 receiving yards Sunday, his 10th 100-yard game as a 49er. That’s the most in franchise history for a tight end. He’s also had four 100-yard games against the Rams. He was matched up against Los Angeles’ top cover man, Jalen Ramsey, a few times Sunday. But most of the time Ramsey was elsewhere. Why? Because Kittle usually lines up on the end of the formation instead of the slot.

San Francisco 49ers Are Back in NFC Race After Huge Win over Los Angeles Rams

The current incarnation of the 49ers roster isn’t the same stacked squad that earned a 13-3 regular-season record in 2019. Currently, San Francisco sits at 3-3 after Sunday’s 24-16 victory over the rival Los Angeles Rams.

“The criticism was fair,” defensive end Arik Armstead told reporters after a 2-3 start. “We weren’t playing at a high level. But we were more upset and disappointed in ourselves.”

General manager John Lynch had difficult decisions to make, specifically along the defensive line. Did he choose correctly? Well, DeForest Buckner is playing at an All-Pro level for the Indianapolis Colts, while Arik Armstead hasn’t performed as well after last year’s breakout performance. In fact, the once-dominant 49ers front didn’t sack Jared Goff once in San Francisco’s one-sided victory.

Others have risen to the occasion, which shows how well-coached the team is and the amount of quality depth it possesses.

49ers’ Deebo Samuel had a near-perfect response to Aaron Donald’s disrespect

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald couldn’t have tried to be more disrespectful towards San Francisco 49ers’ receiver Deebo Samuel after the two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year was asked about the second-year standout.

Donald was asked by a reporter about game-planning against the versatile Samuel, who put Sunday night’s game away with an 11-yard catch-and-run just after the two-minute warning.

Who?” Donald asked.

“Uh, Deebo Samuel,” the reporter clarified.

“Who’s that,” Donald said dismissively.

Well, Samuel was not going to let Donald slight him like that. The receiver took to Instagram on Monday and wrote to Donald, “Ion think you hear me yet,” followed by, “3-0 against rams”.

Jason Verrett, Emmanuel Moseley bring swagger to 49ers secondary, says Jerry Rice

“I’m going to tell you, I’m watching Jason Verrett, and I’m saying, ‘Where did this guy come from?’” Rice said on 95.7 The Game’s The Morning Roast. “The plays that he was making yesterday, and also Emmanuel Moseley, they had the swagger, they had the confidence, and you can see they brought something to that secondary that we hadn’t had for a second.

“You win championships with defense, and to see those guys blossom the way they did yesterday, it sets the standard really high, and they’re only going to get better if they can just stay healthy and just keep doing what they’re doing. But I could see that swagger in that secondary yesterday.”

How Deebo’s YAC set tone for 49ers in big win over Rams

“That last run that Deebo had was as impressive of a run as I’ve ever seen,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said in his virtual press conference after the win. “I thought we blocked it for about seven yards, and then three guys just tried to bring it on Deebo, and he just stayed up and finished the play and got three more and allowed us to go out there and take a knee.”

“I ain’t going to lie, it hurt,” Samuel said. “But you know, I do what it takes for this team. It was just great to seal the win knowing they didn’t have any timeouts. I was like ‘Jimmy, I got you,’ and I just went out there and executed.”

George Kittle talks 49ers offense, Jimmy Garoppolo whispers, playing Patriots for the first time

Kittle on whispers that Jimmy Garoppolo might not be the long-term answer at quarterback

“In the locker room, I don’t think it’s on the radar at all. We come to work, Jimmy G is our QB. He’s our leader. We rally behind him. I think that’s why he plays so well is because he’s got a team that supports him the way we do. And that’s just the way we are every single day in the locker room. I don’t hear anything. All I know is that Jimmy G’s my QB, and he’s going to win us a lot of games. The dude has yet to lose back-to-back games in the NFL. That’s a pretty good record too.”