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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.

Eric Reid, Torrey Smith react very differently to 49ers' $1M donation

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Eric Reid, Torrey Smith react very differently to 49ers' $1M donation

With protests taking place in numerous cities nationwide, 49ers CEO Jed York announced Saturday night that the team would be making a $1 million donation to local and national organizations seeking social change.

Two former 49ers teammates had different responses to York on Twitter shortly after the announcement was made.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who played for the 49ers in 2015 and 2016, praised York for his commitment to fighting injustices.

York even responded to Smith.

But safety Eric Reid, who was drafted by the 49ers in 2013 and played with the team through the 2017 season, was not a fan of York's donation.

Smith and Reid were teammates on the Carolina Panthers during the 2018 season.

Reid and former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick led the charge in 2016 to take a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustices plaguing the United States.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract after being told he would be released, and the 49ers didn't re-sign Reid, who would join the Panthers early in the 2018 season.

Smith defended York's handling of Kaepernick's protest, but Reid wasn't having it.

Smith could only agree with what Reid said.

The protests across the nation are in response to recent deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Louisville at the hands of police.

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49ers' Jed York donates $1M to local, national organizations for change

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49ers' Jed York donates $1M to local, national organizations for change

CEO Jed York announced Saturday night the 49ers will be donating $1 million to local and national organizations committed to social change.

In September 2016, the 49ers made a $1 million donation, matching the commitment of the-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, to two Bay Area charities that address social issues in collaboration with law enforcement.

Along with the organization's latest donation, York also committed support for the Players Coalition, which was co-founded in 2017 by Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins. The coalition’s goal is to make an impact on social justice and racial equality at the federal, state and local levels through advocacy, awareness, education and allocation of resources.

York’s announcement comes as protests take place across the nation. George Floyd, 46, died after being arrested by Minneapolis police on Monday. Video later surfaced that showed an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he told officers he was struggling to breathe.

“People throughout our country are hurting,” York wrote in a statement. “Emotions are raw, and rightfully so. Heinous acts have been committed in recent weeks. Before we are able to realize impactful change, we just first have the courage and compassion as human beings to come together and acknowledge the problem: black men, women, children and other oppressed minorities continue to be systemically discriminated against.

“The 49ers organization is committing to support the legislative priorities of the Players Coalition and to donating $1 million dollars to local and national organizations who are creating change.”

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