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Vikings' Zimmer upset over 49ers no-calls; Kittle responds originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was not a happy camper after Minnesota's 34-26 loss to the 49ers at Levi's Stadium on Sunday.
Zimmer's Vikings went toe-to-toe with the 49ers for the entirety of the game with a chance to tie it on their final drive in the fourth quarter.
On that drive, 49ers cornerback K'Waun Williams broke up a fourth-and-8 pass from Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins to intended for Justin Jefferson that forced a turnover on downs to seal San Francisco's win.
After the game, Zimmer was critical of the officiating on multiple plays Sunday afternoon.
"These guys hold all the time," Zimmer told reporters postgame. "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."
After hearing that Zimmer was critical of the officiating, 49ers tight end George Kittle responded to Zimmer.
Kittle's response to Mike Zimmer saying the Niners get away with a lot of holding 😳 pic.twitter.com/isDxNBQDiG
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"I finally got a holding call out there in a pass route," Kittle said in response. "I got hugged and tackled. There were like three of those out there that don't get called. 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, then i'd tell your guys to make better plays."
Missed calls on the field more often than not go both ways, and both the Vikings and the 49ers could complain about no-calls if they wanted to.
Just like Kittle said, that's football.