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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Quiet game as teammates shine

    Kittle caught three of his five targets for 19 yards in Thursday's 31-13 win over the Seahawks.

    Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and Christian McCaffrey handled all of the scoring in Thursday's holiday victory, barely leaving any leftovers for San Francisco's remaining star on offense. Kittle is prone to these sporadic stinkers when the 49ers are operating at full strength, which has resulted in four games with less than 20 receiving yards this season. However, the unselfish superstar's recent four-game hot streak -- where he averaged 6.3 receptions and 108.0 yards -- is why managers should tolerate the occasional down game from the charismatic tight end. Kittle has responded with big receiving games following his previous two duds, and the 49ers may need him to repeat the feat against the Eagles on Dec. 2 in order to secure victory.

  • 49ers' Brandon Aiyuk: Makes most of two receptions

    Aiyuk had two receptions on four targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 31-13 win over the Seahawks.

    Aiyuk's two catches finished as his lowest total through 10 active games this season, but the YAC monster still generated strong fantasy value despite Thursday's depressed usage. The 25-year-old has produced at least 50 receiving yards and a touchdown in each of San Francisco's three games since returning from a bye. Aiyuk now sits 69 yards away from recording his second consecutive 1,000-yard season, but he will have to earn every one against Philadelphia's tough defense when the two NFC powerhouses meet Dec. 2.

  • Brock Purdy QB | SF

    49ers' Brock Purdy: Overcomes pick six for win

    Purdy completed 21 of 30 pass attempts for 209 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Thursday's 31-13 win over the Seahawks.

    Purdy's only notable miscue from another solid performance came on his second attempt of the second half when he threw an interception that was taken back for Seattle's only touchdown of the evening. The 23-year-old was not fazed by his -- at the time -- potentially game-altering mistake, responding with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Aiyuk later in the half that put the Seahawks away for good. Purdy finished with an efficient passing performance that lacked the flash of some of his recent fantasy lines. The sophomore starter is still producing at a high level with 838 passing yards and seven touchdowns while completing 75 percent of his passes in three outings since returning from the bye. Purdy will both physically and mentally prepare for next week's road tilt against the Eagles, which will be the first time the quarterback will face Philadelphia since severely injuring his elbow and taking a loss in last year's NFC Championship Game.

  • Seahawks' Jaxon Smith-Njigba: Team-high yardage tally Thursday

    Smith-Njigba brought in two of three targets for 41 yards in the Seahawks' 31-13 loss to the 49ers on Thursday.

    The rookie led the Seahawks in receiving yards despite a relatively modest total, with that feat largely accomplished via a game-long 34-yard one-handed grab down the right sideline early in the third quarter. Smith-Njigba now has a streak of four games with 40+ receiving yards, one he'll look to extend in a Week 13 Thursday night road matchup versus the Cowboys.

  • Seahawks' Zach Charbonnet: Inefficient in starting assignment

    Charbonnet rushed 14 times for 47 yards and secured all four targets for 11 yards in the Seahawks' 31-13 loss to the 49ers on Thursday.

    The rookie got the starting call as expected with Kenneth Walker (oblique) sidelined and unsurprisingly found efficiency hard to come by against an aggressive 49ers defense. Charbonnet's longest run went for a modest 10 yards, and seven of his 11 receiving yards came on one catch. With Seattle having just a standard seven-day period between games ahead a Week 13 Thursday night road battle versus the Cowboys, there's a possibility Walker still isn't healthy enough to suit up against Dallas.

  • Deebo Samuel WR | SF

    49ers' Deebo Samuel: Scores third rushing TD of 2023

    Samuel caught seven of nine targets for 79 yards while adding 15 yards and a touchdown on four carries in Thursday's 31-13 win over Seattle.

    Samuel literally hit the ground running on his first carry when he took a designed run untouched from two yards out to give San Francisco a lead it would never vanquish. The dual-threat superstar then proceeded to lead his team in receiving en route to a healthy fantasy score for managers to close out Thursday's action. Deebo is now averaging 71.7 combined yards with two rushing scores in three games since returning from both his injury layoff and San Francisco's Week 9 bye. Samuel should remain busy in Week 13 when the 49ers look to exact revenge on the Eagles from last year's loss in the NFC Championship Games on Dec. 2.

  • Tyler Lockett WR | SEA

    Seahawks' Tyler Lockett: Quiet night in Week 12 loss

    Lockett secured three of five targets for 30 yards in the Seahawks' 31-13 loss to the 49ers on Thursday.

    Lockett tied DK Metcalf with the team lead in receptions while checking in second in targets. The speedy veteran also had the ball taken from him by the 49ers' Ambry Thomas for Geno Smith's one interception of the night, and his yardage total was his lowest since Week 1. It doesn't get any easier for the Seahawks offense in Week 13, as they face the Cowboys on the road in a Thursday night matchup.

  • DK Metcalf WR | SEA

    Seahawks' DK Metcalf: Limited to three catches in loss

    Metcalf secured three of nine targets for 32 yards in the Seahawks' 31-13 loss to the 49ers on Thursday.

    Metcalf paced the Seahawks in targets on the night while sharing the lead in receptions with Tyler Lockett. The big-bodied wideout was a victim of Geno Smith's underwhelming night against the 49ers' suffocating defense, with Metcalf's yardage tally also serving as a season-low total. Metcalf and the rest of the Seahawks offense face a second straight tough defense when they tangle with the Cowboys on the road in a Week 13 Thursday night showdown.

  • 49ers' Christian McCaffrey: Top performer on Thanksgiving

    McCaffrey racked up 114 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 attempts while catching five of six targets for 25 yards in Thursday's 31-13 win over the Seahawks.

    McCaffrey displayed no signs of fatigue despite receiving just three days off in between Thursday's two-score showing and a 26-touch performance where he went over 100 combined yards with a touchdown against the Buccaneers last Sunday. The MVP candidate put his signature combination of strength and elusiveness on display when he appeared to be engulfed by multiple Seattle defenders in the backfield before miraculously slipping through for his second touchdown of the evening. The pair of trips to the end zone gives the multifaceted superstar double-digit rushing touchdowns for just the second time in career, with the previous coming back in 2019 when he earned first-team All Pro honors after racking up 15 over 16 games. McCaffrey will finally get an opportunity to rest until the calendar turns for a rematch of last year's NFC Championship Game when the 49ers travel to the Link to take on the Eagles on Dec. 2.

  • Geno Smith QB | SEA

    Seahawks' Geno Smith: Struggles in tough matchup

    Smith (elbow) completed 18 of 27 passes for 180 yards with no touchdowns and one interception and added four rushes for 21 yards in the Seahawks' 31-13 loss to the 49ers on Thursday night.

    Smith was able to play through his triceps contusion but put up unsurprisingly underwhelming numbers against the suffocating 49ers defense. Smith was relatively efficient overall, but he took six sacks and was only able to connect with top targets DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett a combined six times for 62 yards. The veteran signal-caller saw his streak of games with a touchdown pass end at two games, and Thursday marked his fourth sub-200-yard tally of the campaign. Smith's arm should be healthier for a Week 13 road matchup against the Cowboys next Thursday night.

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