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Garoppolo leads 49ers to 26-16 win over Texans

HOUSTON (AP) After years of struggles at the position, the San Francisco 49ers may have finally found their quarterback of the future in Jimmy Garoppolo.

But even after leading the team to its second straight win, 26-16, over the Houston Texans on Sunday, the former backup to Tom Brady wasn't convinced the job is his to keep.

''We'll see what happens this week. That's on (coach) Kyle (Shanahan),'' he said when asked about starting next week. ''I don't know.''

It's pretty safe to say that Garoppolo will be under center for the rest of the season after throwing for a career-high 334 yards and a touchdown as the 49ers (3-10) won their second straight game.

Garoppolo was 20 of 33 in his second start for a team that hasn't had consistent play at quarterback since Colin Kaepernick's great 2013 season. Acquired before the trade deadline from New England, Garoppolo threw for 293 yards in his debut with the team last week to help the 49ers to a 15-14 win at Chicago.

''You've got to have guys who are fearless, can hang in there and keep their eyes down the field. He does that very, very well,'' Shanahan said. ''But he also has the foot quickness and agility to get out of there and extend some plays.''

The game was tied when he found Garrett Celek on a 6-yard touchdown pass with about two minutes left in the third quarter to make it 23-16. Celek had a big play earlier in that drive on a 61-yard reception on third down.

''We knew it was kind of feast or famine against this defense because they're very physical,'' Shanahan said. ''But sometimes, you get your opportunities, and we were fortunate enough to come down with them.''

DeAndre Hopkins had 149 yards receiving and two touchdowns, but lost a fumble in the fourth quarter with the Texans down by 7 . San Francisco added 41-yard field goal after that to secure the victory.

T.J. Yates threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns after Tom Savage left with a concussion in the second quarter. Texans (4-9) lost their third straight and sixth in seven games.

Savage was injured when he was driven to the ground on a hit by Elvis Dumervil with about nine minutes left in the second. Replays showed Savage looking dazed after his head hit the ground with both of his arms lifted upward shaking.

He was taken to the medical tent, where he stayed for less than three minutes before returning to the bench and going back in for the next series. He threw two incompletions on that drive, and Houston's team doctor approached him after he returned to the sideline after that possession.

Savage tried repeatedly to enter the game on the next series. But a team official kept grabbing Savage's jersey and finally his arm and pulled him away from the field. He then could be seen arguing with that person and the team's trainer before being escorted to the locker room.

Coach Bill O'Brien said he was evaluated for a concussion after the hit and cleared to return, but that he was evaluated again after he returned because ''because of what they saw,'' without providing details of what that was.

''They try to make the best decision for the player,'' O'Brien said. ''Whatever they see and the testing that they do they try to make the best decision with the player and they weren't satisfied with the results of the second test so they decided to pull him, and that's when he went into the locker room.''

Yates, who hadn't appeared in a game since Nov. 16, 2015, was signed last month after Deshaun Watson went out with a knee injury. Houston went up 16-13 when Hopkins grabbed a 29-yard touchdown reception on the Texans' first drive of the second half.

The 49ers took a 10-3 lead when Carlos Hyde ran 2 yards for a touchdown with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

Yates connected with Hopkins for a 7-yard touchdown on Houston's next drive, but the kick failed to leave Houston down 10-9.

Robbie Gould added a 35-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter to leave San Francisco up 13-9.

INJURIES: Houston offensive tackle Kendall Lamm sustained a concussion in the first quarter. The Texans have had six players sustain concussions in the last two games combined. ... 49ers rookie receiver Victor Bolden injured his ankle in the second quarter and didn't return. ... San Francisco cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon injured his knee in the fourth quarter.

MEMORIES: Sunday was Shanahan's first visit to NRG Stadium since losing to the Patriots in the Super Bowl when he was the offensive coordinator for the Falcons. He said he didn't think about that game, where the Falcons blew a 25-point lead, until he got to the stadium on Sunday.

''We got off the bus and were walking across the field, and that's when I remembered,'' he said. ''I got some feelings of that. I had some real good feelings in that game, but not toward the end. The feelings today were definitely much better at the end.''

UP NEXT

49ERS: Host the Titans next Sunday.

TEXANS: Visit Jaguars next Sunday.

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Key Players
J. Garoppolo 10 QB
334 PaYds, PaTD, INT, -3 RuYds
17
FPTS
D. Hopkins 10 WR
149 ReYds, 2 ReTDs, 11 RECs
24
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:50
R.Gould 41 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Nelson, Holder-B.Pinion.
4
plays
9
yds
1:50
pos
26
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:53
R.Gould extra point is GOOD, Center-K.Nelson, Holder-B.Pinion.
plays
yds
pos
23
16
Touchdown 1:53
J.Garoppolo pass short left to G.Celek for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
85
yds
3:33
pos
22
16
Field Goal 8:12
R.Gould 25 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Nelson, Holder-B.Pinion.
11
plays
68
yds
3:59
pos
16
16
Point After TD 12:11
K.Fairbairn extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-S.Lechler.
plays
yds
pos
13
16
Touchdown 12:11
T.Yates pass deep left to D.Hopkins for 29 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
75
yds
2:49
pos
13
15
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
R.Gould 35 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Nelson, Holder-B.Pinion.
6
plays
62
yds
0:54
pos
13
9
Missed Point After Touchdown 0:54
K.Fairbairn extra point is No Good, Wide Left, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-S.Lechler.
plays
yds
pos
10
9
Touchdown 0:54
T.Yates pass short middle to D.Hopkins for 7 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
75
yds
1:38
pos
10
9
Point After TD 2:32
R.Gould extra point is GOOD, Center-K.Nelson, Holder-B.Pinion.
plays
yds
pos
10
3
Touchdown 2:32
C.Hyde right guard for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
68
yds
3:05
pos
9
3
Field Goal 6:31
R.Gould 52 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Nelson, Holder-B.Pinion.
5
plays
31
yds
2:34
pos
3
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 9:02
K.Fairbairn 55 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-S.Lechler.
7
plays
30
yds
4:16
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 34:49 25:11
1st Downs 20 18
Rushing 4 4
Passing 12 12
Penalty 4 2
3rd Down Conv 2-11 3-13
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-2
Total Net Yards 416 311
Total Plays 66 64
Avg Gain 6.3 4.9
Net Yards Rushing 102 90
Rush Attempts 31 23
Avg Rush Yards 3.3 3.9
Net Yards Passing 314 221
Comp. - Att. 20-33 20-38
Yards Per Pass 9.5 5.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-20 3-17
Penalties - Yards 11-87 8-81
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 5-41.4 6-52.3
Return Yards 57 5
Punts - Returns 2-15 4-3
Kickoffs - Returns 2-42 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-2
Kicking 6/6 2/4
Extra Points 2/2 1/2
Field Goals 4/4 1/2
Red Zone Eff. 2-4 -50% 1-1 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
49ers 3-10 01310326
Texans 4-9 367016
314 PASS YDS 221
102 RUSH YDS 90
416 TOTAL YDS 311
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Garoppolo 10 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.6% 334 1 1 92.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 645 2 2 92.7
J. Garoppolo 20/33 334 1 1 17
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Hyde 28 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 78 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
188 771 5
C. Hyde 14 78 1 31 13
M. Breida 22 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
77 303 1
M. Breida 12 27 0 6 2
J. Garoppolo 10 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 9 0
J. Garoppolo 5 -3 0 4 17
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Goodwin 11 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 6 106 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 41 783 1
M. Goodwin 12 6 106 0 32 10
G. Celek 88 TE
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 67 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 245 3
G. Celek 4 2 67 1 61 12
K. Juszczyk 44 FB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 64 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 204 1
K. Juszczyk 4 3 64 0 31 6
K. Bourne 84 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 29 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 132 0
K. Bourne 2 2 29 0 18 2
A. Robinson 19 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 233 1
A. Robinson 2 2 27 0 18 2
L. Murphy 18 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 98 1
L. Murphy 2 1 20 0 20 2
T. Taylor 81 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 34 342 1
T. Taylor 3 2 11 0 6 1
G. Kittle 85 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 32 321 1
G. Kittle 2 2 10 0 8 1
C. Hyde 28 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 52 307 0
C. Hyde 1 0 0 0 0 13
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Johnson 36 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-7 0 0.0
D. Johnson 7-0 0.0 0 0
R. Foster 56 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
44-9 0 0.0
R. Foster 7-1 0.0 0 0
A. Colbert 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-3 0 0.0
A. Colbert 3-0 0.0 0 1
L. Hall 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
L. Hall 2-0 0.0 0 0
E. Harold 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-8 0 2.0
E. Harold 2-0 1.0 0 0
A. Lynch 59 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 1.0
A. Lynch 2-2 0.0 0 0
B. Coyle 50 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-16 0 0.0
B. Coyle 2-2 0.0 0 0
A. Witherspoon 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-3 1 0.0
A. Witherspoon 2-1 0.0 0 0
T. Carradine 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 1.0
T. Carradine 1-1 0.0 0 0
E. Reid 35 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-12 2 0.0
E. Reid 1-3 0.0 0 0
E. Mitchell 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-12 0 1.0
E. Mitchell 1-1 0.0 0 0
K. Williams 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-8 0 1.0
K. Williams 1-1 1.0 0 0
D. Buckner 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-12 0 2.0
D. Buckner 1-1 1.0 0 0
C. Marsh 54 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-4 0 2.0
C. Marsh 1-1 0.0 0 0
S. Thomas 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-5 0 2.0
S. Thomas 1-1 0.0 0 0
S. Day 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 1.0
S. Day 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Gould 9 K
14
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 2/2
SEASON FG XP
30/32 18/19
R. Gould 4/4 52 2/2 14
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Pinion 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 41.4 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
69 43.4 29
B. Pinion 5 41.4 2 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
V. Bolden 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 20.8 34 0
V. Bolden 2 21.0 26 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Taylor 81 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 7.5 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
24 9.2 39 0
T. Taylor 2 7.5 10 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Yates 2 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.8% 175 2 0 100.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.8% 175 2 0 100.6
T. Yates 14/26 175 2 0 22
T. Savage 3 QB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 63 0 0 65.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.1% 1412 5 6 71.4
T. Savage 6/12 63 0 0 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Miller 26 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 53 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
211 764 3
L. Miller 17 53 0 11 5
T. Yates 2 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 31 0
T. Yates 3 31 0 15 22
A. Ellington 38 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 55 1
A. Ellington 3 6 0 7 1
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Hopkins 10 WR
24
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
16 11 149 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 88 1233 11
D. Hopkins 16 11 149 2 29 24
W. Fuller 15 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 26 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 352 7
W. Fuller 5 3 26 0 14 2
D. White 11 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 1 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 24 0
D. White 6 1 24 0 24 2
S. Anderson 89 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 2 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 338 1
S. Anderson 6 2 16 0 9 1
A. Ellington 38 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 39 369 0
A. Ellington 2 1 16 0 16 1
L. Miller 26 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 316 3
L. Miller 2 2 7 0 8 5
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
Z. Cunningham 41 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-30 0 1.5
Z. Cunningham 6-3 0.5 0 0
M. Gilchrist 21 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-7 1 1.0
M. Gilchrist 6-0 0.0 0 0
K. Johnson 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-8 0 0.0
K. Johnson 4-1 0.0 0 0
B. McKinney 55 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-27 0 3.0
B. McKinney 3-1 0.0 0 0
J. Clowney 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-12 0 9.0
J. Clowney 3-3 0.0 0 0
A. Hal 29 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-19 3 0.0
A. Hal 3-0 0.0 0 0
K. Jackson 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-16 1 1.0
K. Jackson 3-0 0.0 1 0
A. Blackson 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
A. Blackson 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Dunn 92 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-6 0 0.0
B. Dunn 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Joseph 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-9 2 0.0
J. Joseph 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Watkins 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 0.0
C. Watkins 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Cushing 56 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.5
B. Cushing 2-3 0.5 0 0
J. Heath 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-6 0 1.0
J. Heath 1-2 0.0 0 0
E. Pleasant 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-7 1 2.0
E. Pleasant 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Reader 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-24 0 1.0
D. Reader 1-2 0.0 0 0
L. Lewis 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
L. Lewis 1-0 1.0 0 0
C. Moore 43 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-7 0 0.0
C. Moore 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Fairbairn 7 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 1/2
SEASON FG XP
18/23 30/33
K. Fairbairn 1/2 55 1/2 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Lechler 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 52.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
70 49.2 25
S. Lechler 6 52.3 1 63
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. White 11 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 0.8 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 0.8 3 0
D. White 4 0.8 3 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SF 13 1:42 3 7 Punt
9:02 SF 25 3:40 6 36 INT
2:47 SF 42 1:29 4 2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:14 SF 20 2:07 5 18 Punt
9:05 SF 35 2:34 5 31 FG
5:37 SF 32 3:05 6 68 TD
0:54 SF 21 0:54 6 62 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:11 SF 25 3:59 11 68 FG
5:26 SF 15 3:33 6 85 TD
1:20 SF 13 3:47 5 23 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:11 SF 20 4:40 6 20 Punt
5:40 HOU 32 1:50 4 9 FG
1:29 SF 42 1:29 3 -4 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:18 HOU 33 4:16 7 30 FG
5:22 HOU 40 2:35 5 18 Downs
1:18 HOU 13 4:04 8 24 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:07 HOU 6 1:02 3 3 Punt
6:31 HOU 25 0:54 3 -1 Punt
2:32 HOU 25 1:38 9 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HOU 25 2:49 6 75 TD
8:12 HOU 25 2:46 5 21 Punt
1:53 HOU 25 0:33 3 0 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:33 HOU 40 1:22 4 12 Punt
6:31 HOU 21 0:51 2 5 Fumble
3:50 HOU 25 2:21 11 41 FG Miss