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Watch George Kittle, DeForest Buckner mic'd up in 49ers' win vs. Vikings

Watch George Kittle, DeForest Buckner mic'd up in 49ers' win vs. Vikings

Very few of us are able to say we share the football field with George Kittle during a game. And that's too bad because it looks like a blast.

For now, we get to see the 49ers' Pro Bowl tight end in action from afar -- or sometimes, with a microphone.

Kittle was "Mic'd Up" during Saturday's 27-10 playoff win over the Minnesota Vikings. He didn't put up his best numbers with three receptions for 16 yards. He even later admitted to opposing Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph it "wasn't a great day" for them at the position. 

Rudolph finished the game with only four yards receiving.

George Kittle and DeForest Buckner Mic'd Up vs. Vikings

That All-Pro Playoff sound 🔥 George Kittle and DeForest Buckner were Mic'd Up for the first-ever home playoff game at Levi's Stadium.

Posted by San Francisco 49ers on Monday, January 13, 2020

Still, we know Kittle can block. We've said this many times despite those saying otherwise -- and there was more than enough of that to see, and hear. 

He mentioned the football gods as he pumped up his teammates and there was plenty of his signature, well -- Ric Flair's signature -- "Woo."

When it was defensive tackle DeForest Buckner's turn to put on a show, he wasn't as vocal. OK, that's not entirely true. He was pretty vocal in regard to making hits and putting the pressure on the Vikings -- but those were more of the grunting variety as opposed to words. 

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Buckner left the game with a sack and two assisted tackles, so he had plenty to talk about once the game was over. 

During his postgame interview, he let the world know he didn't care who the 49ers would face in the NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium.

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers playoff coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday)

Also tune in at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for “49ers Pregame Live,” with Laura Britt, Jeff Garcia, Donte Whitner, Ian Williams and Grant Liffmann previewing the NFC Championship Game against the Packers. That same crew will have all the postgame reaction on “49ers Postgame Live,” starting at approximately 5:30 p.m.

NFL rumors: 49ers rejected several Nick Mullens offseason trade offers

NFL rumors: 49ers rejected several Nick Mullens offseason trade offers

Last season, the 49ers were one of a select few NFL teams that chose to keep three quarterbacks on the active roster.

Behind Jimmy Garoppolo, general manager John Lynch elected to retain both C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens throughout the season.

Lynch has spoken about potentially trading one of them in recent months, but as The Athletic’s Michael Lombardi noted on his podcast, the Niners clearly hold one of them in very high regard.

"There was about three teams trying to trade for Kyle Allen," Lombardi said on The GM Shuffle podcast. "You know what's interesting about the Kyle Allen trade? This is really interesting. The 49ers got a bunch of phone calls — when I say a bunch, a couple of teams — on Nick Mullens, the backup quarterback in San Francisco. Nick Mullens. They were asking about him, and they turned down every trade offer for Nick Mullens. They wouldn't trade him.

"Think about that. Think about that. Nick Mullens was like — Cam Newton had no value, [and] Nick Mullens [is] untradeable. Just put that in perspective for a while. Digest that."

[RELATED: Why 49ers should trade down from both first-round picks]

Mullens played admirably in filling in for Garoppolo after the signal-caller tore his ACL in 2018. The Southern Miss alum completed just over 64 percent of his passes in eight starts, throwing 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

While having multiple security blankets behind Garoppolo is a nice insurance policy, potentially nabbing a mid-round draft pick for one of the two quarterbacks could help the team shore up another position of need.

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Old 49ers-Odell Beckham trade idea shows NFL draft was better route

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Old 49ers-Odell Beckham trade idea shows NFL draft was better route

NFL draft season prompts plenty of outlandish trade scenarios to fill airtime and word counts, many of which never come to fruition.

Dallas Morning News reporter Joseph Hoyt dug up one such scenario Thursday, and it's a (hypothetical) trade the 49ers are (hypothetically) glad they didn't (hypothetically) make.

The 49ers would've had to pay a pretty penny for then-New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the proposal put forth in a "Good Morning Football" segment nearly two years ago. Beckham was months away from signing a contract extension, so San Francisco would've traded a lot of draft capital for a star entering the final year of his contract. The picks the 49ers made in those slots formed the backbone of the 2019 NFC Champions.

Beckham's arrival would've changed things, though. The 49ers would've entered the season with arguably the best receiver in football as well as George Kittle, who'd emerge as arguably the best tight end. Kittle might not have set an NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end playing alongside Beckham, but he surely would've benefitted from the extra attention opposing defenses paid the receiver rather than him.

Do they still go 4-12 that year? The 49ers were 3-5 in games decided by six points or fewer in 2018, and Jimmy Garoppolo (torn ACL) missed all but one of those games. Beckham crossed the 1,000-yard threshold in just 12 games catching passes from Eli Manning in 2018, so it's -- at the very least -- conceivable he could've moved the needle in at least one of the 49ers' close losses.

[RELATED: Why 49ers should trade down from both first-round picks]

The 49ers would've picked no higher than No. 4 overall with a 5-11 record in 2018, and any additional wins would've dropped them further down the draft order. Acquiring Beckham under the parameters "Good Morning Football" put forth likely would've prevented the Niners from selecting all of Mike McGlinchey, Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel, but not all three of them would necessarily be Giants, either.

San Francisco would've been a better team in 2018, thus pushing the 49ers out of the slots they used to draft Bosa and Samuel. That's a different opportunity cost to consider than trading all of those players straight-up for one of the game's best receivers, but it's one the 49ers probably are glad they didn't have to pay.