George Kittle sent a loud and clear message to the Cowboys, in more ways than one, in Sunday night's San Francisco 49ers 42-10 dismantling of Dallas on the Sunday Night Football national stage.
As if Kittle scoring catching his first touchdown of the season and finishing with three scores by game's end, the 49ers' tight end lifted his jersey after reaching the end zone for the third time to reveal a shirt emblazoned with "F—- Dallas," that likely could be purchased in the parking lot of Levi's Stadium on the walk into the game.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 9, 2023
Sunday night was the first three-touchdown game of Kittle's illustrious career. Kittle has now caught 17 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns through the season's first five games of this season.
Kittle and the 49ers played Sunday night's game as if the mission was to humiliate the Cowboys and underscore the talent gap and toughness disparity between the two teams that both entered Sunday with lofty postseason aspirations.
San Francisco out-gained the Cowboys 421 yards to 197, held Dallas to just eight first downs, intercepted Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott three times, didn't allow the Cowboys' offense to reach the red-zone once all game.
"I knew it was our biggest game so far this year as far as nationally and just media wise and the hype," 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters after the game. "Sometimes you worry your team can get too up for stuff. ... They were so locked in all week. They didn't make too big a deal of this game and were ready to go."
Next up for Shanahan, Kittle, and the 49ers' revenge tour is a trip to Cleveland against the Browns and a bruising defense which will present another opportunity for San Francisco's offense to prove how difficult it is to contain, even against top-tier competition.
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