Santa Clara, Calif. • Kyle Shanahan pulled apart his famous person tight finish and apologized to George Kittle for no longer getting him extra alternatives in the second one 1/2 to set an NFL report.
The trainer even stated sorry a moment time.
Quarterback Nick Mullens positioned the blame on himself after Kittle fell Four yards in need of Shannon Sharpe’s NFL report through a good finish of 214 yards receiving.
Kittle nonetheless had an excellent Sunday afternoon, making an 85-yard landing reception on 210 yards receiving and changing into the 49ers’ first tight finish to achieve the 1,000-yard milestone to guide San Francisco previous the slow, injury-plagued Denver Broncos 20-14.
“Four yards, ahhh, it’s all right,” Kittle shrugged nonchalantly, unfazed through a close to omit. “Next time. Just talk to Nick and Coach Shanahan, they’ll figure it out.”
Kittle’s lengthy TD reception on a go from Mullens early in the second one quarter put the Niners up 13-Zero — “George flashed in my eyes,” his QB stated — and Denver (6-7) by no means discovered a groove in seeing its three-game winning streak snapped.
Kittle had all of his yards and 7 receptions within the first 1/2 and was once focused simply as soon as after halftime. Again, no large deal.
“We won. That’s about all that matters,” Kittle stated.
Broncos quarterback Case Keenum struggled to search out any rhythm after the Broncos misplaced most sensible wideout Emmanuel Sanders to a torn Achilles tendon in apply all through the week.
Dante Pettis added a 1-yard landing reception simply ahead of halftime for the Niners (Three-10).
But this was once Kittle’s glowing afternoon from the very get started. He has equipped a significant elevate for an offense that handled the blow of shedding beginning quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Week Three at Kansas City.
“We had one blown coverage, and a couple where we just didn’t cover him,” Broncos trainer Vance Joseph stated.
Mullens hooked up on 8 of his first 12 throws for 124 yards and wound up 20 of 33 for 332 yards and a 102.1 ranking.
“George had one heck of a day, 4 yards short of the record. You can blame that on me, I guess,” Mullens stated.
Denver (6-7), which sought its first four-game winning streak since beginning the 2016 season Four-Zero, fell in the back of 20-Zero at halftime then controlled two second-half touchdowns to make issues attention-grabbing.
Phillip Lindsay ran for a Three-yard rating within the 3rd then Case Keenum hit DaeSean Hamilton on a 1-yard TD toss with Three:53 ultimate. Keenum went 24 of 42 for 186 yards.
San Francisco ended a three-game skid. The 49ers had misplaced their earlier two video games through 18 and 27 issues, together with a 43-16 defeat at rival Seattle final week.
Denver’s Von Miller sacked Mullens for a Nine-yard loss overdue in the second one quarter. Including the postseason, Miller’s 103½ sacks matched the franchise report held through Simon Fletcher.
Meanwhile, linebacker Bradley Chubb had two extra sacks for 12 at the season to wreck Miller’s franchise rookie report of 11½ set in 2011.
The earlier time any 49ers participant had 1,000 yards was once in 2014, when Anquan Boldin had 1,062 yards receiving and Frank Gore 1,106 yards speeding.
In addition, Kittle’s 52-yard catch and run to finish the primary quarter moved him previous Vernon Davis for the 49ers franchise report for yards receiving through a good result in a season.
Kittle got here in wanting 73 yards to most sensible Davis’ mark of 965 yards set in 2009.
“It’s an honor. … He set the standard,” Kittle stated.
On San Francisco’s nine-play opening scoring pressure — capped through Robbie Gould’s 40-yard box objective — Kittle made receptions of 31 and Five yards.
Gould made a 29-yarder early in the second one.
Niners left take on Joe Staley celebrated an extraordinary catch, the 3rd of his 12-year profession, overdue within the first 1/2 when he were given his fingers on a tipped go through a defender for a Five-yard loss.
He will probably be fined for it, Shanahan insisted. Because of the danger of harm on such performs, attempting for the ball isn’t prompt. Staley referred to as it a “dumb decision,” however defined it like this: “It’s like telling me ‘Hey, there’s pizza here, don’t have slice.’ I’m going to have a slice.”
“Joe refuses to believe he’s an O-lineman,” Shanahan stated. “… It was not a smart play.”
Broncos: Cornerback Isaac Yiadom suffered a shoulder damage. Wideout Courtland Sutton nursed a thigh damage.
49ers: Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon was once in a position to go back after touchdown laborious on his left ankle overdue within the recreation when he went down protecting a go at the sideline.
Broncos: Host Cleveland on Saturday.
49ers: Host Seattle on Sunday.