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Pete Carroll explains what makes 49ers star George Kittle so special

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Pete Carroll explains what makes 49ers star George Kittle so special

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers and Seahawks will meet for the second time in three weeks Sunday, and George Kittle definitely is on Pete Carroll's mind.

“Well, he lit it up against Denver [last week],” the Seahawks coach said Wednesday of the San Francisco tight end. “So if we didn’t know, we sure do now. We considered him. He was almost targeted twice as much as everybody else going into our game, so that obviously hasn’t changed. But what a fantastic game he had last week."

Kittle caught seven of his nine targets for 210 yards and one touchdown in the 49ers' 20-14 win over the Broncos. He nearly broke the NFL record for the most receiving yards in a game by a tight end, but he did break the 49ers record for the most yards by a tight end in a season.

Carroll went into detail about Kittle's qualities, particularly taking note of his 705 after-catch yards, which leads all NFL tight ends.

“Yeah, George is a really good mover,” Carroll said. “He’s quick. We’ve all seen him catch and run with the ball and be difficult to tackle in the open field. He just has a real good package. His quickness, his strength, he’s elusive. He’s playing as good as any tight end in football.”

Carroll also was complimentary of how 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has used Kittle in his offensive scheme.

“I think he’s recognized the versatility that he has,” Carroll said. “And he’s just utilized it really well. Just when you look at just the highlights of last week’s game, the variety of places that he caught the football and the styles of routes and all was totally spread across the board.

“I just think that’s Kyle’s ingenuity and his creativity that really helps a player like Kittle do so well.”

Kittle and the 49ers' offense had a productive first half against the Broncos with 311 yards, but they were held to 78 while being shut out in the second half. The Seahawks will take notes on the Broncos' second-half success, although Seattle did "hold" Kittle to six catches for 70 yards in their first meeting. The Seahawks actually had more trouble stopping Dante Pettis, who made five catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

The 49ers will need both Pettis and Kittle to be productive to beat a stingy Seahawks defense that allowed just 16 points in that meeting in Seattle.

49ers featured in 15 of NFL's '100 Greatest Plays,' including No. 2

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49ers featured in 15 of NFL's '100 Greatest Plays,' including No. 2

With another NFL Sunday just hours away, why don’t we take a little trip down memory lane?

As the NFL continues a year-long celebration of 100 years in existence, the league released its “100 Greatest Plays” from the first century of action.

The 49ers are featured prominently on the rankings, as they are involved in 15 of the top 100 plays, including the iconic moment occupying the No. 2 spot.

While many of the moments have a positive outcome for San Francisco, several may bring up some painful memories, including one involving a player who now dons a 49ers uniform every Sunday.

Check out each of the clips below, and get your popcorn ready.

[RELATED: Five to watch in Week 3: 49ers fans look to Jimmy Garoppolo for their cues]

What a play to finish off the thread, as I’m sure every 49ers fan who was watching that game live remembers exactly where they were when Dwight Clark made “The Catch.”
 

Former 49ers receiver Antonio Bryant trolls Patriots over Antonio Brown

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Former 49ers receiver Antonio Bryant trolls Patriots over Antonio Brown

No, not that AB.

Former 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant has been hit with a barrage of attacks on Twitter over the past month due to users assuming the 38-year-old is embattled free agent Antonio Brown.

The mistake is easy to understand initially, as Bryant uses his initials "AB" for his name and the handle "@ab89" is very similar to Brown's "@AB84". 

Bryant hasn't exactly shied away from the trolls, as he seems to enjoy engaging with the many who hop into his mentions to criticize Antonio Brown's behavior.

With the news of the Patriots releasing Brown on Friday, Bryant took advantage of his opportunity to take a shot at New England and the (briefly) former Raiders wideout.

The younger AB has not been quiet on social media himself, as he continues to flaunt his wealth despite now finding himself on the unemployment line.

[RELATED: Antonio Brown's swift release highlights true nature of 'Patriot Way']

Antonio Bryant last played in the NFL in 2009 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bryant signed a four-year, $12 million deal with the 49ers back in 2006, but was released after just one season following reported issues with former coach Mike Nolan and a suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

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