- San Francisco faces the Jacksonville next after getting some rest and recreation
- Kittle and his wife, Claire, have been married since 2019 after meeting in college
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George Kittle’s wife, Claire, has shared an array of snaps of the couple’s intimate trip to Whitefish, Montana, over the weekend, as 49ers players enjoyed their bye week.
The tight end’s spouse took selfies with her other half, who plays as a tight end for San Francisco, by a lake in the Treasure State on Monday while relaxing in a jacuzzi.
She also took pictures of the view from where they were staying, and shared a video of her and her NFL husband kissing and dancing at a bar, too.
‘Traveling to new places with you >>>,’ Claire captioned her Instagram post.
‘You are my favorite.’
The Kittles tied the knot in 2019. They met at the University of Iowa, where Claire played basketball.
The 49ers looked like the NFL’s best team when they raced through the first five weeks when they were never really threatened through five straight wins.
The past three games showed some flaws as the defense struggled to generate pressure and in coverage, the offense couldn’t manage to score more than 17 points and the Niners lost three straight.
San Francisco (5-3) did not play this weekend, giving players and coaches a chance to regroup before facing the Jaguars on Sunday. The 49ers will hope for a repeat of the past two seasons when second-half surges carried the team to the NFC title game.
‘I think it is a mixed mood,’ defensive tackle Arik Armstead said before leaving for the bye week. ‘My mood is that we have been through worse in this league, 3-4 last year, and 3-5 the year before, and we know where we got toward the end of the year in both of those years.
‘Putting those things into perspective, we have everything we need to be successful team-wise and we have all the players.’
Kittle & the 49ers have lost three in a row after starting the year on a five-game unbeaten run
Despite the recent slump, the first half of the season has shown plenty of positives.
Quarterback Brock Purdy appears fully recovered from offseason elbow surgery and is proving his late-season success as a rookie in 2022 wasn’t a mirage.
Purdy has once again been one of the league’s most efficient quarterbacks with a 105.4 passer rating and league-leading 9.1 yards per attempt, but has shown some flaws. He has been careless with the ball at times and after getting fortunate with drops by the defense early in the season, he has six turnovers the past three games.
The offense as a whole has fared well, averaging 27.3 points per game, but struggled in recent weeks with versatile receiver Deebo Samuel and star left tackle Trent Williams out with injuries.
The defense also took a step back the past two games after a dominant start, but has the pieces needed to make another strong second-half run. The Niners won seven of nine to end the 2021 season and finished last season on a 10-game winning streak.
‘The good news is we’ve been here before and we’ve had pretty good results,’ defensive end Nick Bosa said. ‘There’s a lot of silver linings with who we have in this locker room. We just have to play better.’