Nick WagonerESPN Staff Writer2 Minute Read
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers’ offense continued to shine, replicating their success from the previous week. In the opening drive, they swiftly moved 75 yards in just seven plays, showcasing quarterback Brock Purdy’s improvisational skills.
With the aid of some penalties by the Dallas Cowboys, the Niners quickly advanced to their opponent’s 19-yard line. On first-and-10, Purdy received the snap and assessed the field. As the Cowboys’ defenders closed in, Purdy managed to escape to the right, creating an opportunity for tight end George Kittle at the back of the end zone.
Purdy executed a well-placed pass to Kittle, who caught it easily for a 19-yard touchdown.
This touchdown marked Purdy’s sixth of the season and the first touchdown for Kittle.
Kicker Jake Moody added the extra point, giving the 49ers a 7-0 lead with 11:10 remaining in the first quarter.
For the second touchdown involving Purdy and Kittle that night, Niners coach Kyle Shanahan called an inventive play.
With the ball on first-and-10 at the Dallas 38-yard line, Purdy handed it off to running back Christian McCaffrey, who then pitched it back to receiver Deebo Samuel on a reverse play.
As Samuel took off, he tossed the ball back to Purdy on a flea flicker. Purdy regrouped and found Kittle sprinting down the right sideline, completely unmarked. Kittle caught the pass and raced towards the end zone for a 38-yard touchdown.
With Moody making the extra point, the 49ers extended their lead to 14-0 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the second quarter.
This was the second time in Kittle’s career that he scored two touchdowns in the first half, reminiscent of his outstanding performance at Seattle in 2021.