49ers' George Kittle reels in three TDs against Cowboys on SNF

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers’ offense picked up where it left off last week, taking the opening drive 75 yards on seven plays, capped by a little improvisation by quarterback Brock Purdy.

With the aid of a couple of Dallas Cowboys penalties, the Niners quickly marched to the Cowboys’ 19-yard line. On first-and-10, Purdy took the snap and scanned the field. While Cowboys defenders closed in, Purdy escaped to the right, as tight end George Kittle came open in the back of the end zone.

Purdy lofted a perfect pass to a wide-open Kittle, who hauled it in for the 19-yard touchdown.

It was Purdy’s sixth scoring toss and Kittle’s first touchdown on the season.

Kicker Jake Moody knocked in the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 11:10 left in the opening quarter.

For Purdy and Kittle’s second touchdown of the night, Niners coach Kyle Shanahan went deep into his bag of tricks.

On first-and-10 from Dallas’ 38, Purdy handed it off to running back Christian McCaffrey, who pitched it back to receiver Deebo Samuel on the reverse.

As Samuel started to run, he pitched it back to Purdy on a flea flicker. Purdy gathered himself and found a wide-open Kittle streaking down the right sideline. He hauled it in and raced to the end zone for a 38-yard touchdown.

Moody’s second extra point made it 14-0 with a little more than 13 minutes left in the second quarter.

This is the second time in Kittle’s career he’s caught two touchdowns in the first half, following his performance at Seattle in 2021.

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