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Hawkeyes in the NFL Week 14: Tight Ends Take Off Again

December 10, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Hawkeye Nation

Former Iowa players produced some of the top NFL highlights Sunday. And they lined up at the same position. Tight ends George Kittle and Noah Fant helped their teams to victories with style.

San Francisco improved to 11-2 with a thrilling 48-46 triumph at New Orleans in a key NFC matchup. Kittle hauled in six of eight targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in the winning effort. His run after the catch on the below play added to his growing legend.

His teammate, future hall of fame defensive back Richard Sherman, described Kittle’s contributions and the way he plays the game.

Kittle, who is in his third season, has secured 60 of 75 targets this season for 750 yards and four scores. He has been playing with a broken bone in his foot and been limited in practice.

Fant helped Denver pull off a 38-24 upset at Houston. The rookie hauled in all four of his targets for 113 yards and a touchdown.

The Omaha native showed his big play ability on this 48-yard catch and run off a pass from rookie quarterback Drew Lock from Missouri.

His 14-yard scoring grab came against tight coverage.

This long connection featured a good play call and Fant’s speed.

Fant leads all rookie tight ends with 35 receptions for 492 yards and three scores. He became just the fifth tight end with multiple games with 100-plus receiving yards in his rookie season and the first since Jeremy Shockey in ’02.

And Fant is keeping an eye on Kittle’s performances.

Also in Denver’s win, former Hawkeye linebacker Josey Jewell recorded a pair of tackles, including one for loss and a sack.

Here’s how some of the other Hawkeyes performed in the NFL for Week 14:

-The Rams picked up a much-needed win Sunday night against Seattle in Los Angeles. Guard Austin Blythe logged 70 snaps on offense and five more on special teams during the 28-12 victory.

-Right offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga saw 60 offensive snaps as Green Bay held off visiting Washington, 20-15. Defensive back Josh Jackson recorded a solo tackle in 26 defensive snaps and 17 more on special teams for the winners.

Guard Brandon Scherff saw 65 offensive snaps and two more on special teams for Washington.

-Defensive end Adrian Clayborn played a season-high 47 snaps during Atlanta’s 40-20 victory agains Carolina. He did not record any statistics.

-Defensive tackle Mike Daniels posted a season-best five tackles (4 solo, 1.5 for loss) during Detroit’s 20-7 loss at Minnesota. Fellow DT Jaleel Johnson recorded three stops (2 solo, 1.9 for loss), a sack and two quarterback hurries for the winners.

Left offensive tackle Riley Reiff saw 68 snaps for Minnesota.

-Guard James Daniels played 73 snaps on offense and five more on special teams Thursday night as Chicago knocked off Dallas, 31-24.

-Kansas City registered a key 23-16 victory at New England with linebacker Anthony Hitchens delivering three solo tackles. Fellow linebacker Ben Niemann added in two stops, one of which was solo.

For the Patriots, James Ferentz started at center. He opened a game earlier this season at guard.

-Rookie defensive back Amani Hooker contributed two tackles (1 solo) during Tennessee’s 42-21 win at Oakland. He played 35 snaps on offense and 21 more on special teams.

-Safety Micah Hyde produced seven tackles (5 solo) during Buffalo’s 24-17 loss against Baltimore. Guard Marshal Yanda played 60 snaps for the winners.

-Desmond King chipped in with three solo tackles during 73 combined snaps on defense and special teams during the Chargers’ 45-10 victory at Jacksonville. He added an 18-yard kick return.

-During six snaps, Greg Mabin produced a solo tackle in Cincinnati’s 27-19 loss at Cleveland.

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