San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle brought a meme into life on Sunday after their epic comeback win against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Championship.
George Kittle Got Jokes
During the trophy ceremony following their 34-31 win that secured them a ticket to the Super Bowl, Kittle had the opportunity to address the crowd at Levi’s Stadium. In true Kittle fashion, the 30-year-old tight end couldn’t stop himself from making a meme reference as he said, “they had us in the first half, I’m not gonna lie.”
George Kittle: "They had us in the first half, I'm not gonna lie." 😂pic.twitter.com/4uYSvcY7MJ
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 29, 2024
It was a tough audience since no one appeared to have gotten the meme reference, even the host. The lack of laughter after he said that was proof. Nonetheless, for those familiar with internet culture, it’s definitely hilarious.
Kittle was referencing the popular “They had us in the first half” meme. According to Know Your Meme, it came “from an interview with Apollos Hester, a high school running back for the East View Patriots. On September 21st, 2014, TWC News Austin posted an interview with Hester after his team won a game 42-41 against opponents Vandegrift.”
George Kittle’s Meme Reference Was Perfect for San Francisco 49ers
For what it’s worth, George Kittle certainly couldn’t have used a better meme reference to use at the moment. After all, the Detroit Lions really had the San Francisco 49ers in the first half of the NFC Championship.
The Lions started off strong, and it looked like they were going to cruise to an easy victory on Sunday night. Detroit tallied a 17-point lead at halftime, with their rushing attack dominating while their defense slowed down the Niners’ attack.
Entering the third quarter with a 24-7 scoreline, the Lions were well on their way to the Super Bowl. That is until Brock Purdy and Christian McCaffrey happened, with the two MVP candidates staging an insane 17-0 third-quarter to tie things up before pulling away for the victory in the third quarter.
At halftime, many were already criticizing the 49ers for what seemed to be another choke job. Nonetheless, they proved to everyone why they were the best team in the NFC during the 2023 season.
Now, they head to the Super Bowl where they will get a chance at immortality against the battle-tested and reigning champions, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Should the 49ers win, here’s to hoping that we would get another classic quote from Kittle.
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