Garrett Celek officially has some bragging rights in his household.
The San Francisco 49ers tight end surpassed his older brother, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek, in a few statistical categories during Sunday's 17-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
Celek caught a pair of third-down touchdowns in the red zone from Blaine Gabbert. In doing so, Celek posted his first multi-touchdown game of his four-year career. He now has set career-highs with 17 receptions for 151 yards and three touchdowns on the year. Meanwhile, Brent Celek has caught seven balls for 71 yards with two touchdowns in his ninth season with the Eagles.
However, one area in which the 49ers tight end could use a little more work is in the celebration department.
Celek caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Gabbert in the second quarter and didn't quite earn celebration-of-the-year recognition with his two-handed end-zone spike.
"Yeah, I don't know what I was doing," the tight end said after his team snapped a two-game losing streak. "I was trying to go with the worst celebration ever. No, I was just so excited I just didn't really know what to do. It doesn't happen much for me, so it was just exciting."
Celek should expect the ball more with Vernon Davis now playing for the Denver Broncos. In fact, Celek and third-year tight end Garrett Celek played the majority of the tight end snaps for San Francisco. McDonald played on 54 downs, while Celek saw action 46 times.
Celek added another touchdown grab on an 11-yard hookup with Gabbert with 1:16 left to play in the first half. The 49ers scored touchdowns on both of their red-zone trips against Atlanta.
"We've kind of said, 'Enough is enough. We need to change things around,'" Celek said. "To be able to do what we did today, that definitely boosts our team morale."
Celek also spoke highly of Gabbert's winning debut as the team's starting quarterback.
"With him not playing the whole year and then to step in like this and do what he did," Celek began, "I think he's a really good player, and he's a tough guy."
On third downs, Gabbert completed 8 of 11 pass attempts for 115 yards with two touchdowns to Celek. He finished the game 15 of 25 for 185 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
"I think we definitely took advantage of them in the secondary at times," Celek said. "We had a couple dropped balls. If we would have made (the catches), his stats would have been better. Overall, I think we did well."