Hawkeyes in the NFL Week 12: George Kittle Shines Again in Primetime

November 26, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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Maybe Green Bay thought a broken ankle would slow down George Kittle. That would have made sense.

Nope.

The former Hawkeye and current San Francisco tight end helped shred a solid Packer defense Sunday night during a 37-8 demolition. The third-year standout caught all six of his targets for 129 yards and a 61-yard touchdown.

Kittle missed the team’s previous two games with the ankle injury and a banged up knee. But he wasn’t going to sit out his first opportunity to play on Sunday night in an important NFC contest.

“It’s a mentality. It’s football,” Kittle said after the game. “You either play or you don’t play. I wish I could have played last week and the week before. They wouldn’t let me. Yeah, it’s just a mindset.”

He was asked if the knee had been bothering him more than the ankle.

“I think they both looked pretty good (Sunday night). So, they’re good,” he said.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan expressed his pleasure in Kittle returning to the field.

“He means a ton. You guys know that,” he said. “It was hard without him. To have him back, obviously what he does in the pass game but what he does in the run game is equally important.”

Following the game, Kittle joined ESPN to talk about his performance and share his thoughts on Friday’s Iowa game against Nebraska.

Despite missing two games, Kittle has caught 52 of 63 targets this season for 670 yards and three scores.

In other news involving Hawkeyes in the NFL for Week 12:

-The Bills shut down Denver, 20-3, Sunday in Buffalo. The game featured several former Iowa players.

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For the winners, defensive back Micah Hyde recorded two solo tackles. Backup offensive lineman Ike Boettger did not see any action.

Bronco rookie tight end Noah Fant caught three of five targets for 14 yards. Backup linebacker Josey Jewell saw four snaps that did not yield any statistics.

-Baltimore continued steamrolling opponents with Monday night’s 49-6 victory against the Rams in Los Angeles. Helping pave the way for MVP candidate Lamar Jackson has been all-pro offensive guard Marshal Yanda. The Ravens racked up 480 yards of offense, including 285 on the ground.

Offensive lineman Austin Blythe started his 10th game of the season for the Rams. It was his 26th start during the last two seasons.

-In Green Bay’s loss at San Francisco, right offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga started but logged just nine snaps. He left the game for good with a knee injury. It turned out not to be serious.

Also for the Packers, Josh Jackson played 10 plays on special teams, recording two solo tackles.

-During Atlanta’s 35-22 loss to Tampa Bay, defensive end Adrian Clayborn saw 32 snaps. For the first time in three weeks, he did not register a sack.

-Washington won for just the second time this season. Offensive guard Brandon Scherff logged 60 snaps during the 19-16 victory against visiting Detroit.

For the Lions, defensive tackle Mike Daniels was held without a statistic in nine snaps. Rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson was targeted twice but did not have a catch.

-The Bears held off the visiting New York Giants, 19-14, Sunday in Chicago. Offensive lineman James Daniels played 76 snaps for the winners.

-Offensive lineman James Ferentz saw one snap during New England’s 13-9 victory against visiting Dallas.

-Rookie defensive back Amani Hooker played a season-high 39 snaps Sunday during Tennessee’s 42-20 triumph against visiting Jacksonville. He delivered two solo tackles, including one for loss.

-Defensive back Greg Mabin saw 12 special teams’ snaps during Cincinnati’s 16-10 loss against Pittsburgh.

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