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Which Super Bowl LIV TE is tougher to defend: Travis Kelce or George Kittle?

Super Bowl LIV features the top two tight ends in the NFL right now in San Francisco's George Kittle and Kansas City's Travis Kelce, marking the first time in history that the AP First-Team All-Pro tight end and the Second-Team All-Pro tight end will meet in that season's Super Bowl.

Kittle and Kelce have set the standard at their position over the last few seasons, and each led his respective team in receiving yards in 2019. With everything this pair has accomplished, the one burning question ahead of Super Bowl LIV is:

Which tight end is tougher to defend: Kittle or Kelce?

Travis Kelce may have the slight edge in the pass game, but George Kittle is the tougher player to defend when you consider everything he does in the pass and run games. Kittle can move players from Point A to Point B at will and loves doing so. As a willing blocker, the young 49ers tight end does wonders for Kyle Shanahan's offense as Kittle can eliminate almost every defender from a play. In the pass game, Kittle often gets wide open thanks to Shanahan's offensive genius but he deserves credit for forcing missed tackles on receptions this season. According to Pro Football Focus, Kittle leads all tight ends in the category with 20 (including playoffs), proving he's tough to bring down. Both of these guys are so good, but I'm giving the edge to Travis Kelce. He is so versatile in the pass game, which allows Andy Reid to line the tight end up anywhere on the line. In fact, according to Next Gen Stats, Kelce has aligned as an isolated receiver on 26.1 percent of his routes (highest among TEs, min. 200 routes), and he has been extremely productive in the process. Kelce caught 32 of 45 isolated targets for 452 yards and a TD this season (including playoffs). There isn't a defender who's been able to consistently shut this guy down. Y'all know by know that I'm a huge George Kittle fan. And although his postseason numbers have underwhelmed, defenses must account for him on every play because he's always around the ball. The thing that separates him from Travis Kelce is his presence as a blocker. In my opinion, they are comparable as pass catchers but Kittle is leaps and bounds ahead of Kelce as a blocker, moving his opponents effortlessly. I have to roll with Patriots coach Bill Belichick on this one. At a press conference back in December, Belichick called Travis Kelce "one of the best receivers in the league." He can run every tight end route and every wide receiver route on the tree, and even cornerbacks have a hard time defending him. Kelce has been able to win against safeties, linebackers and cornerbacks with great acceleration and burst off the line. There are players who are tough to bring down. Then are those who demand lunch-pail-bringing defenders on every play. That's the difference between Travis Kelce and George Kittle. The 49ers tight end is a beast, especially once the ball is in his hands. He's not a guy who's just going to fall down when touched; instead, he'll drag a pack of defenders with him for what feels like forever. Kittle averaged more than 7.0 YAC per catch this season, evidence that you can't take your eyes off him.

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) rushes during an NFL football game between the between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)

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