» BEATHARD, 49ERS STEP INTO MON­DAY SPOT­LIGHT

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Cur­tis Pashelka

SANTA CLARA — Beathard came away bat­tered and bruised, as the even­tual Su­per Bowl cham­pion Ea­gles in­ter­cepted him twice and sacked him four times in a 33-10 drub­bing of the 49ers be­fore nearly 70,000 fans.

Now a vet­eran of all of two NFL road starts, Beathard can ex­pect the same type of rau­cous at­mos­phere when the 49ers (1-4) visit Lam­beau Field on Mon­day to face the equally des­per­ate Green Bay Pack­ers (2-2-1).

“It’s def­i­nitely some­thing to look for­ward to and a great op­por­tu­nity for us,” Beathard said Thurs­day. “A Mon­day night game in Lam­beau, his­toric sta­dium. We’re play­ing a great team. It’s ev­ery­thing you ask for.

“We’ve just got to go in and han­dle the noise, han­dle the crowd and go out and ex­e­cute and try to take care of the ball and just do the lit­tle things right. I think if we do that and play well and our de­fense plays well, spe­cial teams, we can give our­selves a good chance.”

A lot will de­pend on Beathard, who is 0-4 in road games in which he’s played sig­nif­i­cant time, com­plet­ing 54.1 per­cent (59 for 109) of his passes for an av­er­age of 142 yards per game.

In his only other start on the road this sea­son, on Sept. 30 in Los An­ge­les against the Charg­ers, Beathard com­pleted 23 of 37 passes for 298 yards. He had two touch­down passes to go with two in­ter­cep­tions in San Fran­cisco’s 29-27 loss.

Last week at Levi’s Sta­dium against Ari­zona, though, Beathard was in­ter­cepted twice and lost two fum­bles. A strip sack in the fourth quar­ter was par­tic­u­larly costly, as Josh Bynes re­cov­ered a fum­ble and ran 23 yards for a touch­down, giv­ing Ari­zona a nine-point Car­di­nals lead with 4:33 to go. The 49ers lost 28-18.

Asked Mon­day if he felt Beathard has im­proved his pocket aware­ness both since last year and over the last two weeks, 49ers coach Kyle Shana­han said, “Yeah, I have. Def­i­nitely. I know (Sun­day) wasn’t a great day in that area. I think it was a lot eas­ier for every­one to see ver­sus Los An­ge­les.

“I thought yes­ter­day we got caught on the pocket a num­ber of times. That didn’t all have to do with C.J. There’s times that it did. There’s times that they had some blitzes where he had to get rid of it. There’s times where we didn’t get open very well. By no means was C.J. per­fect, but it was not all his re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

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