San Francisco 49ers' Marquise Goodwin (11) makes a catch which he would run in for a touchdown against New York Giants' Janoris Jenkins (20) in the second quarter of their NFL game n Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA — Marquise Goodwin credited his wife, Morgan, and their faith in God for getting him through the 49ers’ game Sunday, only hours after the couple lost their son due to pregnancy complications.

San Francisco 49ers’ Marquise Goodwin (11) makes a catch which he would run in for a touchdown against New York Giants’ Janoris Jenkins (20) in the second quarter of their NFL game n Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

“I mentally and physically was not prepared to go through the game at all. I wasn’t really into it,” Goodwin said Tuesday in a conference call with Bay Area media.

With great sorrow and deep emotion coming through in his words, Goodwin thanked the outpouring of support he’s received, and he deflected much of the praise to his wife.

“She encouraged me, raised my spirits and helped get me ready,” Goodwin said. “That’s so cool what my wife did. It speaks more of her character than mine.”

The Goodwins are spending the 49ers bye week with family members in Texas, where he and his wife were University of Texas track stars.

Goodwin’s first touchdown catch of the season, an 83-yard showcase in the second quarter, helped spark the previously winless 49ers to a 31-21 victory over the visiting New York Giants.

In a season where touchdown celebrations are choreographed to humanize and glamorize an embattled sport, none so far througout the NFL may have been more dramatic or meaningful than Goodwin’s, in which he knelt in the end zone and pointed the football skyward before teammates surrounded and helped lift him.

“I just felt like it was all God in that situation I was able to score a touchdown,” Goodwin said. “And all the pain I was feeling at the time came over me at once.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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