Lance took over after the opening drive and ended his night following the first drive of the second half. His final line was 5 of 14 for 128 yards, the one score, no interceptions and a 93.7 QB rating.
“There was some good and some bad. By no means was it perfect,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Definitely missed a couple. There was a couple spots that could’ve gone to different places. Sometimes a couple balls that sailed on him that he would like to have back, but he also came out pretty good, too – making the right plays, getting the right spots. I think he had a couple drops there, especially on a third down that I think he could’ve kept the drive going if we had caught it. It was a good first day. I didn’t want it to go perfect for him. [There’s] some things he could learn from and there’s a lot of things we can go over tomorrow.”
Lance was forced to deal with three receiver drops in the first half. And in the shadows of the 80-yard high spot, Lance took a pounding. He was sacked four times and constantly pressured behind a Niners line that had a few starters playing, but struggled mightily.
The 80-yard highlight was a play-action to the right in which the rookie rolled back left, calmly set up and delivered brilliance, hitting Sherfield just maybe a step behind stride. Sherfield raced untouched to six.
“I was a little bit nervous coming around because the corner had gotten hands on him a little bit, so he was probably only at 5 to 10 yards where typically if he didn’t have hands on him he would already be down the field at 15,” Lance said of the play. “But yeah, he made a great play, obviously, and set the angle perfectly. So, for me, it was one of those situations, obviously, where I want to get the ball in his hands.”
It was one big moment in one preseason game, but it was a snapshot of what could become for Lance and will no doubt kindle 49ers fans’ desire to see the rookie replace Garoppolo.
As much of a dream-like scenario as it was for Lance, though, it’s not what he’ll be focusing on going forward.
“Obviously, I will focus on what I did incorrectly more than what I’ll focus on what I did well,” he said. “There’s something I can learn on pretty much every play out there. That Jimmy ran, that I ran, and that Josh [Rosen] ran. So, it’ll be good for me to go through and watch it. My first time in a game setting, being tackled in a while. [I’m] excited to go back and watch that and really see if what I felt lines up with what I’m seeing on tape.”