George Kittle #85 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with Kyle Juszczyk #44 after a touchdown catch during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium
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49ers George Kittle Embarrasses Cowboys Defense with Record Night

The San Francisco 49ers have one of the most loaded offenses in the NFL and that was on full display on Sunday night with tight end George Kittle's record night.

For the first time in his career, the All-Pro tight end collected three touchdown passes in a game, and he did it all in 2.5 quarters of play. His previous career-high was two touchdowns in a game, which he's done four times, including three times last season.

Kittle got the scoring going early in the Niners' highly anticipated matchup with the Cowboys, with a 19-yard grab from quarterback Brock Purdy in the first quarter. Kittle then added a 38-yard touchdown in the second quarter on a trick play and completed the hat trick with a 10-yard score in the third quarter.

The third touchdown was the dagger that gave the Niners a 28-10 lead over a Cowboys team that was struggling to get anything going against the San Francisco defense.

After not finding the end zone in the first four games of the season, the seven-year veteran found paydirt three times on Sunday night. Kittle set a career-high in touchdown catches last season with 11, after this big night he will have a chance to set a new personal best here in 2023.

Born on Oct. 9, 1993, Kittle certainly got his 30th birthday celebration off to a hot start with this career night in which he finished with three grabs for 67 yards and three touchdowns. An efficient night for the 4-time Pro Bowler.

A fifth-round pick out of Iowa back in the 2017 NFL draft, Kittle has cemented himself as one of the premier tight ends in the NFL over the last few seasons, and with the 49ers finding quarterback stability with Purdy, Kittle has a chance to take his play to even higher levels.

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