IN SPORTS: 49ERS WIN FIRST GAME OF SEA­SON

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Front Page - By Josh Dubow

SANTA CLARA — C.J. Beathard has been play­ing on bor­rowed time as a starter in San Fran­cisco ever since the 49ers traded for Jimmy Garop­polo al­most two weeks ago to be the quar­ter­back of the fu­ture.

If that time runs out af­ter the up­com­ing bye, at least Beathard went out on a high note.

Beathard led the 49ers to their first win of the sea­son by throw­ing for 288 yards and two touch­downs and run­ning for an­other score Sun­day in a 31-21 vic­tory over the New York Giants.

“It feels great,” Beathard said. “There’s not a bet­ter feel­ing. That’s why you play sports for that feel­ing in the locker room when you cel­e­brate a win. There’s noth­ing like it.”

Af­ter the game, coach Kyle Shana­han wouldn’t com­mit to a plan for who he plans to start for the 49ers (19) in their next game when they host Seat­tle on Nov. 26.

He said Garop­polo would get some ex­tra time dur­ing the bye week to learn the of­fense and then he could de­ter­mine the starter by the time the team ramps up prepa­ra­tion for the Sea­hawks a week from Wed­nes­day.

“I’m tak­ing it week-by-week,” Shana­han said.

San Fran­cisco gave up a 2018 sec­ond-round pick to ac­quire Garop­polo from New Eng­land on Oct. 30 and be­lieve he can be the quar­ter­back to lead the fran­chise back to re­spectabil­ity.

Beathard at least de­liv­ered the first win of the sea­son by con­nect­ing on two long TD passes in the sec­ond quar­ter. He hit Mar­quise Good­win on an 83-yarder that was the team’s long­est TD pass in 12 years and Gar­rett Celek on a 47-yard score .

Beathard then ran for an 11-yard TD in the fourth quar­ter that put the 49ers in con­trol over the Giants (1-8). Beathard hurt his right thumb on the play but stayed in the game.

“I wanted to be in there when we were in vic­tory for­ma­tion,” he said. “I wasn’t go­ing to come out.”

The Giants (1-8) are just fig­ur­ing where this sea­son goes next fol­low­ing the lat­est loss.

“Los­ing to a 0-9 team, it can’t get much worse than that,” of­fen­sive line­man Justin Pugh said.

McA­doo’s sta­tus: This per­for­mance only heighted the ques­tions sur­round­ing the job se­cu­rity of Giants coach Ben McA­doo . He has been un­der fire af­ter a re­port this past week from ESPN that quoted an anony­mous player as say­ing the play­ers have given up on the sea­son and don’t view McA­doo as a leader. The Giants have not fired a coach dur­ing the sea­son since 1976 when Bill Arnsparger was let go af­ter a 0-7 start and re­placed by John McVay.

“That doesn’t have any­thing to do with any­thing,” McA­doo said of his job se­cu­rity. “We have to find a way to win a game. We have to ad­dress what hap­pened out here on the field today, take a look at the tape and be hon­est with each other.”

Sta­ley’s re­turn: The Niners got a big boost with the re­turn of left tackle Joe Sta­ley from a bro­ken eye socket. Sta­ley got hurt two weeks ago and wasn’t ex­pected back un­til af­ter the bye. But he texted Shana­han on Tues­day that he’d play this week and an­chored a line that al­lowed no sacks and two quar­ter­back hits af­ter Beathard was sacked 14 times in his first three starts.

“Just the vet­eran lead­er­ship, he’s an All-Pro guy,” Beathard said. “Not only to have him on the field, but have him in the hud­dle. Gives your team more con­fi­dence.”

Eli’s mile­stone: Eli Man­ning had lit­tle to feel good about af­ter ty­ing big brother Pey­ton for the sec­ond­longest con­sec­u­tive start streak for a quar­ter­back at 208. The Man­nings trail only Brett Favre with 297 straight starts. Eli Man­ning’s num­bers looked good as he com­pleted 28 of 37 passes for 273 yards and two TDs, but the of­fense gen­er­ated only one first down on three drives in the sec­ond half when San Fran­cisco ex­panded its lead from 17-13 to 31-13.

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San Fran­cisco 49ers start­ing quar­ter­back C.J. Beathard (3) cel­e­brates his touch­down scram­ble with San Fran­cisco 49ers' Mar­quise Good­win (11) against the New York Giants on Sun­day in Santa Clara.

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San Fran­cisco 49ers' Car­los Hyde (28) runs against the New York Giants in the sec­ond quar­ter on Sun­day.

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