Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

49ers get first win of the season behind Beathard's breakout performance

San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley heads to the sidelines as he bleeds from under his right eye during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday Oct. 29 2017 in Philadelphia 49ers get first win of the season behind Beathard's breakout performance
Nellie Chapman | 13 November, 2017, 03:55

It will also be interesting to see how head coach Kyle Shanahan handles his quarterback situation when play resumes, as he has the option of sticking with Beathard after a good game, or handing the reigns to Jimmy Garoppolo for the foreseeable future. Three snaps after forcing a Giants fumble, the 49ers went deep and took a 10-6 lead on Goodwin's 83-yard touchdown reception 7:59 before halftime.

Pro Football Talk reported on Sunday morning that "there's talk in league circles that McAdoo could be done on Monday, if the Giants lose to the 49ers on Sunday".

Celek kept alive that touchdown drive by making a 9-yard catch on third-and-8 on the previous snap. RB Carlos Hyde paced the attack with 98 yards on 17 attempts, while RB Matt Breida added in 55 yards of his own including a 33-yard touchdown run.

In a game that featured two teams with one win between them entering Sunday, one could argue that the Niners' victory is counterproductive as it will only hurt their chances at the top draft pick. Eli Manning had 273 yards in the air and connected for scores with both Evan Engram and Roger Lewis. That only cost the 49ers a timeout, however, as the Giants' series ended with a failed field-goal attempt from 34 yards. The Giants were able to move the ball (374 total yards) but were held to 13 points until the final minute of the game. Beathard finished with 288 yards on 19-of-25 passing. The 49ers didn't punt until late in the fourth quarter when the outcome no longer was in doubt. Giants starting LG Justin Pugh (back) was injured in the first half and backup G D.J. Fluker (knee) in the third quarter.

Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas is inactive for the second game in a row.

BETTER OFFENSE: With left tackle Joe Staley back from a 1 1/2-game absence, Beathard enjoyed better protection (no sacks, two hits) while Shanahan unleashed a game plan filled with screen passes, bootlegs and toss plays.