San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Trey Lance made a slow start to his second NFL game but he improved as the game progressed and the Niners ended up beating the Los Angeles Chargers 15-10. After the first three series, Lance was 1-of-5 for nine yards and in interception.
Lance couldn't connect with his receivers Mohamed Sanu and Deebo Samuel and one of his passes to Sanu ended up getting intercepted. After a slow start to the game, Lance got it rolling as he threw a 41-yard pass to Trent Sherfield and he completed seven of his next eight attempts for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
"I was frustrated, for sure, but at the same time, I learned so much from each of those drives that it was easy to just turn the page," Lance said, per ESPN. "I think I was just as confident from that point on as I went throughout the game."
Coach happy with the way Lance finished the game
"I understand whatever Trey does, the eyes are going to be on him," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. "I don't want him to have that pressure, but that's also the reality of this business.
... I thought he came out much more locked in, more comfortable. I thought we had a chance to start pretty fast and we didn't. Then it started to kind of stack up a little bit where it seemed like it was going the wrong direction.
That's why I was pumped about getting that two-minute drill at the end ... I was real happy with how he finished." After the game, Lance vowed to watch the tape and try to learn and grow. "I think, for me, especially in the situation I'm in, learning as much as I can and being able to go back and watch the tape tonight and tomorrow with the coaching staff and the quarterbacks in the room, I think that's where I grow and where I win the most," Lance said.
The competition between Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo for the starting quarterback job remains on. "No, I haven't seen that," Shanahan said. "I would love for it to be more and more each week, but I think the situation is pretty similar right now."
Garoppolo didn't have a great game against the Chargers, finishing 3-of-6 for 15 yards and an interception. "No, I'm not making that announcement," Shanahan said. "Not tonight."