San Francisco outgained the Giants by 100 yards — 474 to 374.
That alone is a good stat, as is the fact the 49ers finished 8-of-12 on third downs. Considering the Niners ranked 30th in third-down conversion percentage (31.6 percent) entering Week 10, this number is pretty solid.
There are a few positives from the game, ranging from tight end Garrett Celek’s 47-yard touchdown to running back Carlos Hyde’s 5.8 yards per carry. But let’s focus on a few that stood out in a big way.
Quarterback C.J. Beathard
With the recently acquired Jimmy Garoppolo looking right over him, quarterback C.J. Beathard certainly had to feel the pressure to perform well against a less-than-stellar Giants defense.
And perform Beathard did.
Beathard went 19-of-25 for 288 yards and two touchdowns against one interception. And his 123.4 passer rating is a career high.
Don’t forget about his scrambling abilities either.
Sure, we know the Niners are looking more towards Garoppolo being the long-term answer. But at least Beathard isn’t making the decision easy.
Wide Receiver Marquise Goodwin
He only had one reception during the game. But it was a big one.
Veteran wideout Marquise Goodwin hauled in an 83-yard bomb for San Francisco’s first touchdown of the game:
Goodwin was pretty emotional after the score, and after reading this, you should understand why.
EDGE Ronald Blair
The 49ers were without edge rusher Ronald Blair (thumb) for the majority of the season, and it was good he was able to make his 2017 debut in Week 10.
Blair finished with four tackles, a forced fumble and two sacks during the contest. And all signs point to him being a perfect fit in San Francisco’s 4-3 defense.
He likely sticks around beyond 2017.
As long as he’s healthy, it’s pretty safe to say linebacker Reuben Foster is an impact player.
Foster was excellent patrolling the second level of the Niners defense, and he was a main reason why Giants running back Orleans Darkwa was largely contained during the contest. Not surprisingly, Foster finished with a team-leading 10 tackles.
But Foster wasn’t the only 49ers rookie to have a substantial impact.
No. 2 running back Matt Breida had a nice little breakout, capped off by a 33-yard touchdown towards the end of the game. And safety Adrian Colbert, starting at safety in place of Jimmie Ward, flashed some excellent range and had two passes defended.
Not bad, San Francisco’s rookie class. Not bad.