Trey Lance’s first NFL win pushes the 49ers closer to the playoff spot
Rookie quarterback Trey Lance and the San Francisco 49ers overcame a sloppy first half of football and sent the Houston Texans 23-7 Sunday afternoon. It caused great joy and euphoria among all the fans who watched this match and gave them hope that these progressive results will continue in the subsequent matches. There was no end to the happiness of the fans, as evidenced by the large number of happy posts on social networks that were visible.
After filling out the injured starter Jimmy Garoppolo, who is dealing with a thumb injury, Lance performed admirably, which was basically a must-win for the 49ers. The overall number 3 in the 2022 draft completed 16 of 23 passing attempts in 249 yards and a touchdown.
“I think he did some really good things,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said of Lance after the game, according to the team’s official website. He seemed really surprised by the performance that the player had during the match, which is of great importance to any coach and coach who manages a team. His facial expressions show hope that these successful results will continue. “Besides the bad interception, I thought he protected the ball really well. It was a great thing to go into this match and he did a good job on all of them except a single game.” – he said after the great match that took place in recent days.
“I think he was very effective, just by looking at his numbers and that sort of thing. The big game at the end was huge, and for the most part, he made some pretty good decisions by throwing the ball.”
Lance did more than enough to pick up his first career victory as a starter, and it came at the most appropriate time. It is a great success for one player, but also a great joy for the whole team as well as for all fans of this sport and for all fans of the team and its games. It is widely expected that the 49ers will swap or release Garoppolo in the offseason and move on with Lance starting in 2022.
Co-rookie Elijah Mitchell had another excellent outing with 119 rushing yards on 21 carries. Sophomore wideout Brandon Aiyuk led the team with 94 receiving yards on just four receptions.
With the win, the 49ers moved to 9-7 with one game left. With a win over the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday (16:24 EST), the 49ers will win one of the NFC’s three wild card places.
San Francisco controls their own fate, but a loss to the Rams would not necessarily mean the end of their season. They will also clinch if the New Orleans Saints lose or draw against the Atlanta Falcons (16:25 EST).
As they enter Week 18, 11 teams have higher Super Bowl odds than the 49ers as shown on Bookies.com. But given that San Francisco is only two years left from a trip to the big dance, they are undoubtedly capable of running deep even in a busy NFC playoff field.
Jimmy Garoppolo Damage Update
The status of Garoppolo will be a hot topic until Sunday.
The 30-year-old suffered a thumb injury on his right throwing hand in the 49ers’ Week 16 road loss to the Tennessee Titans.
On Sunday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that Garoppolo’s injury prevents him from being able to grab the football accordingly. In every such moment there must be some hope, and in this case there is hope. However, La Canfora reported “there is some hope that the team’s athletic staff could come up with a specific method of taping the thumb up” that would help the veteran quarterback “utilize the ball adequately”. At the moment, it may be the only way to ensure progress in the matches, and thus secure the team, but also the player’s general position in the match against the opponents.
Garoppolo did not play in Week 17, but there is a chance he will be able to return to the field on Sunday against the Rams.
According to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner, Shanahan will “definitely” start against the Rams if he is fully recovered.
Needless to say, this is something to follow closely as the 49ers try to win a playoff spot while spoiling the Rams’ chances of securing their first NFC West division title in three years.
Deebo Samuel chases Jerry Rice’s single-season record
Samuel is enjoying a breakout year for the 49ers, and he has a shot from outside to break a franchise record that legend Jerry Rice has.
As noted by NFL Research, Samuel sits at 1,630 scrimmage yards, the third highest total in franchise history. Rice holds the 49ers’ all-season record with 1,884 yards from scrimmage (1995) and the second-highest total of 1,642 (1986).
With the extended 17-game regular season program, Samuel has a small chance of beating Rice’s record. He would require 255 yards to break the record, though that is obviously a big task against a stingy Los Angeles Rams defense. If this record is broken (which we all hope for) it would be a great event that will surely inspire great enthusiasm and great admiration for all.
Samuel has 1,310 receiving yards and 320 rushing yards, a huge amount for a wide receiver. He has surpassed 150 receiving yards in four games this season. On top of that, Samuel has rushed over 30 yards in five games.
Easier said than done, of course. But never say never. Never say never, because everything you believe can not happen, yet there is hope that it will happen if you believe it. After all, a red-hot Kansas City Chiefs team gave up 266 yards to Cincinnati Bengals rookie Ja’Marr Chase on Sunday.
Of course, bigger things are at stake for the 49ers here. Getting Samuel to beat Rice’s 26-year-old record would be nice, but a win over the Rams means more than anything else. The success of the game also brings excitement, and the excitement makes each game more interesting and fun to watch. We will see how events unfold and what we see is that surprises happen and that we should always expect them because sports are like that and when we least expect it we will be surprised.