Shanahan, 49ers confident in Beathard as new starting QB

3 keys for 49ers offense vs. Chiefs

3 keys for 49ers offense vs. Chiefs

In the immediate aftermath of Garoppolo sustaining a knee injury that was diagnosed as a torn ACL in his left knee (an MRI will be performed Monday to confirm the team's fears), Beathard entered Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Garoppolo, trying to orchestrate a second-half comeback after San Francisco fell behind 35-7 in the second quarter, tried to fight for extra yardage on a quarterback scramble in the fourth quarter.

Mahomes completed 24-of-38 passes for 314 yards and the three scores on a 49ers "D" whose most resistance early on was against itself amid a comical array of penalties, missed tackles and just bad football.

As Mahomes - who threw three touchdowns in the win - was walking through a tunnel at Arrowhead, he noticed that Garoppolo was on a cart in front of him.

None of that matters, though, as Garoppolo suffered what appears to be a season-ending ACL injury in the fourth quarter. The 49ers signed Garoppolo to a five-year, $137.5 million contract this last offseason.

Now, Beathard is in line to start next week when the 49ers play the Chargers in Los Angeles, and Nick Mullens could get a call-up from the practice squad to serve as the backup. Once the defenders start playing the pass, the 49ers' third-ranked rushing attack can begin to take up clock and run the ball.

"We will think about that later", he said, "But I am definitely happy with the guys we got".

For the third week in a row Mahomes has proven what I said all along: Brett Favre is not a good comparison for him. And when we show up Wednesday it's time to go. Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt believes the Chiefs success has to do with a combination of their weapons and Mahomes playmaking abilities. "It was when we lost our starting running back, too", Shanahan said. I know how disappointed he is. "We had a lot of things schemed around him, same as we do with Jimmy".

"These guys I have at the receiver position can really get open", Mahomes said.

The 49ers have only kept two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster since Shanahan became coach.

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