The NFL standings say the San Francisco 49ers share the league’s worst record with their Bay Area neighbors, the Oakland Raiders.
Both teams are 3-10 and pretty much can only play the role of “spoiler” by knocking off opponents still in playoff contention in the final three weeks of the regular season.
‘We have guys fighting for jobs’
For the 49ers, who did exactly that with their 20-14 victory against the Denver Broncos Sunday, there are a couple of similar opportunities ahead against the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears. But don’t tell Niners tight end George Kittle, who caught seven passes for 210 yards and a touchdown against Denver, that his team’s season has been rendered meaningless.
“We’re going to try to win every single game whether we’re spoiling guys’ playoff hopes or not”
“You want to win every game,” Kittle told Bruce Murray and Brady Quinn on the SiriusXM Blitz. “We don’t have a lost season. We have guys fighting for jobs, we have guys putting stuff on tape for other teams to see. We’re going to try to win every single game whether we’re spoiling guys’ playoff hopes or not. And that’s just our team goal.”
‘Just getting that win, it feels great, especially when it’s a good team’
Kittle does admit that he and his teammates felt a higher degree of satisfaction by knocking off an opponent as strong as the Broncos.
“Just getting that win, it feels great, especially when it’s a good team, when all three phases played very well and it’s always fun to see that,” he said. “It definitely makes Mondays a lot easier, and I’m really looking forward to next week.”
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