Trey Lance didn't start at quarterback Sunday for the San Francisco 49ers, but the rookie was still able to make a huge mark on the game early in the first quarter when his first-career pass went for a touchdown.
The 49ers' scoring drive that ended with Lance's throw actually started with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. After Garoppolo led the 49ers into the red zone, coach Kyle Shanahan decided it was time to unleash his rookie QB, who entered the game for the first time with just under eight minutes left to play in the first quarter.
On his first career throw, Lance ended up doing this.
That's the five-yard pass to Trent Sherfield that gave San Francisco a 7-0 lead.
The fact that Lance made an appearance so early in the game wasn't a huge surprise. Shanahan hinted during the preseason that he his plan was to use a two-quarterback system this year, and he definitely wasn't kidding. On the 49ers' first full offensive possession, Lance played a total of two snaps while Garoppolo played seven. (The 49ers' first actual possession only lasted one play because Garoppolo lost a fumble on San Francisco's first play from scrimmage.)
Thanks to Lance's touchdown, the 49ers held a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, although the Lions did tie it up early in the second quarter on a TD pass from Jared Goff to T.J. Hockenson. If you want to keep tabs on the game, including getting the latests stats and an updated score, you can follow our GameTracker by clicking here.
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