RECAP| San Francisco 49ers 31, New York Giants 21

Murphy’s Law has been in full effect for the New York Giants this season, as anything they can go bad has.

You can added “getting completely outplayed by a previously winless team” to the list of the many calamities.

Rookie quarterback CJ Beathard threw for 288 yards and tallied three total touchdowns, both career highs, and the San Francisco 49ers earned their first win of the season against the woebegone Giants, who fell 31-21 to the San Francisco 49ers.


The loss, the Giants’ third in a row, ties them with the Niners for the NFC’s worst record, and leaves the Cleveland Browns as the NFL’s lone winless team.

The Giants’ defense, known for getting the team out of several jams last season, only further regressed in San Francisco, who put up 474 yards of offense, a season-high. 83 of those yards alone came on the play that broke the Giants’ will, a Beathard toss to receiver Marquise Goodwin, who escaped from cornerback Janoris Jenkins for the deep score. It was another career high for Beathard, the longest pass of his young career.

The score put San Francisco ahead 10-6 midway through the second quarter, but the Giants showed an ever so brief sign of life when quarter Eli Manning found tight end Evan Engram for a nine-yard score, concluding a 10-play, 75-yard drive.

With Manning starting his 208th consecutive game, tying his brother Peyton for the second-longest by a quarterback in NFL history, Engram reached a milestone of his own. The touchdown was the fifth of his season, tying Bob Tucker for most touchdowns by a rookie tight end in Giants history. It was also the fourth consecutive game where Engram scored a touchdown.

The throw between history-makers more or less ended any further Giants positives.

Given 2:08 in the first half to work with, the Niners (1-9) helped the Giants extend another tight end streak, though not one that New York is particularly proud of.

Tight end Garrett Celek broke away from Jenkins and linebacker Jonathan Casillas for a 47-yard touchdown pass from Beathard, giving San Francisco a lead they would not relinquish.

Any momentum the Giants were looking to get back went for naught on their first drive of the second half, when Rosas couldn’t end an 11-play, 59-yard drive on the right note, sailing a 34-yard attempt wide left, marking his fourth consecutive game with a miss.

The Giants also failed to take advantage of defensive end Olivier Vernon’s first career interception, and instead watched San Francisco finish them off with two scoring touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Beathard took one in from 11 yards out to open the frame, while running back Matt Breida went 33 yards for the finishing touches.

San Francisco concluded the day with 186 rushing yards, also a season-high.

Manning and the Giants did manage to make the score somewhat respectable when he found Roger Lewis Jr. for a 14-yard score on the Giants’ final possession, and running back Orleans Darkwa punched in a two-point conversion.

The long-time Giants started finished the day 28-for-37 for 273 yards and two scores in defeat, as he fell to 6-3 all time against the Niners. Sterling Shepard led all receivers with 11 receptions and 142 yards, while Darkwa put in 70 more on the ground.

The Giants will return home next week for an interconference matchup, as they welcome in the Kansas City Chiefs (1:00 PM, CBS).

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