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George Kittle, 49ers knock out Packers. Why it probably means more to the tight end

Why the 49ers tight end probably got extra satisfaction from the win

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George Kittle is obviously excited to return to the NFC Championship game after he helped the San Francisco 49ers win in the Divisional Round on Saturday. But he’s probably even more excited because the Niners knocked out the Packers in the process.

It's been documented that Kittle grew up a Bears fan and has given them love in the past after beating the Packers.

“The fact that we helped the Bears a little bit makes me a little happier,” Kittle said after a win in 2020. “Da Bears.”

There was a point when it looked like the Packers could pull off their second big upset in a row on Saturday. One week after embarrassing the Cowboys with a 48-32 win in Dallas, the Pack got out to a 21-14 lead late in the third quarter. But San Francisco’s defense stiffened in the fourth quarter and they outscored Green Bay 10-0 in the final 15 minutes.

Kittle did his part to help the 49ers with four catches for 81 yards. He also scored the team’s first touchdown of the game.

The 49ers will take on the winner of Sunday’s matchup between the Lions and the Buccaneers.

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