Playing professional football, you need all the help you can get. That’s why when tight end Garrett Celek broke into the open in the second half, he took a good gander at the Jumbotron inside NRG Stadium in Houston.
What Celek saw disappointed him. He thought he was in the clear on what would be a 61-yard catch-and-run play. Instead he saw faster defensive backs descending on him and he decided to put two hands on the ball.
“I thought everyone was further behind me,” Celek told Tim Ryan and Ted Robinson on the KNBR postgame show. “I’m not as fast as I thought either. I’m glad I looked up because I made sure I got two hands on the ball so I didn’t fumble or anything like that.”
Celek shouldn’t get too down on himself, like other players on the offense, he was part of an offensive effort with several explosive plays. His play keyed a third-quarter touchdown drive that ended with a 6-yard touchdown toss from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to who else? Celek.
After his touchdown, the 49ers went up 23-16 and never looked back.
“I feel like our team is kind of revived,” Celek said. “We’ve got three wins and we are not going to stop.”