49ers outlast Giants for first win under Kyle Shanahan


Linebacker Reuben Foster led San Francisco with 10 tackles while fellow rookie Adrian Colbert had a strong and impactful debut as the full-time free safety.

Game No. 10 was far from ideal but it produced the 49ers' overdue, first victory Sunday under coach Kyle Shanahan, who got showered with cups of water a minute left in their 31-21 triumph over the visiting New York Giants.

While the Niners could be making a quarterback change soon, this performance will only heighten the questions about whether the Giants will need to change coaches.

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning: The two-time Super Bowl MVP couldn't stop the Giants' losing streak from reaching three games.

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So the Giants rescued the Niners from a winless season, and, perhaps, the Niners have rescued NY from Ben McAdoo. They were embarrassed by a 49ers team that entered with an 0-9 record. Get the new head coach his first win of the season. And for a Niners team that has come close and fallen short so many times this year, a victory is a reward for a whole lot of hard work that has yet to yield anything but disappointments.

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Coming into Sunday's game at 1-7, the Giants traveled to San Francisco in hopes of potentially finding some momentum to help them right the ship with eight games remaining in the regular season. 49ers quarterback C.J Beathard, a third-round pick out of Iowa, was able to dissect the Giants defense, passing for 288 yards with two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown as well. And if, as expected, Garoppolo gets the call to start against the Seahawks, Beathard can head back to the sidelines with some much-needed confidence.

It seems as if the New York Giants have given up.

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