On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers won their fourth game in a row, but it did not come without a bit of controversy.
After the game, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer decided he would call out the 49ers defensive tactics during the postgame press conference.
“These guys hold all the time,” Zimmer said of San Francisco’s defensive backs. “They’re grabbing us around the waist, grabbing us on our backs. Officials don’t want to call it every play, but until they start calling it every play, they aren’t going to stop doing it.”
49ers All-Pro tight end George Kittle heard his comments and wasn’t too pleased with what he said.
“I mean, you can watch plenty of pass plays. I finally got a holding call out there on a pass route. I got hugged and tackled, and I think (there were) about three of those out there that don’t get called,” Kittle said. “It’s football. Refs throw flags, refs don’t throw flags, it’s just the game. If you’re going to sit on the sideline and complain about holding the whole time, tell your guys to make better plays.”
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 17-of-26 for 230 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Kittle has just one catch for 13 yards.
The 49ers went on to beat the Vikings 34-26 in what could prove a crucial outcome for San Francisco’s playoff chances. Both teams were tied 5-5 coming into the game. In a crowded race for the final three playoff spots, the Niners now hold a crucial tiebreaker over one of their primary competitors.