49ers vs. Seahawks: Trey Lance is in after Jimmy Garoppolo injury

Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Rookie Trey Lance took over quarterbacking duties in the second half of the 49ers’ Week 4 matchup against the Seahawks after Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury.

The San Francisco 49ers could get much of anything going into the end zone during their Week 4 NFC West division matchup against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

But that wasn’t necessarily the biggest storyline after both teams fought their way to a halftime 7-7 tie at Levi’s Stadium.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who went 14-of-23 for 165 yards, a touchdown pass and an interception, didn’t come out to take the field when the Niners received the second-half kickoff.

Instead, it was the rookie quarterback, Trey Lance.

It was one thing to see Lance for a single play, especially in light of San Francisco’s offense struggling to get much of anything going after its first touchdown. Perhaps this was head coach Kyle Shanahan’s way of trying to light an offensive fire of some kind in a crucial divisional bout.

Yet Lance did something he hadn’t done for almost the entirety of the regular season, stay in on consecutive snaps, which was what happened on the 49ers’ opening drive of the third quarter.

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During Lance’s first drive, one which didn’t have him attempt a pass and featured solely rushing plays, the Niners announced Garoppolo had suffered a calf injury before halftime and would be relegated as questionable to return.

For those fans hoping Lance could provide a spark to San Francisco’s offense after this side of the ball had been mostly stagnant over the previous two weeks, aside from a late burst in the Week 3 loss to the Green Bay Packers, that time might be now.

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Shanahan has frequently backed Garoppolo this year despite the 49ers making the aggressive move to trade up to No. 3 overall in last April’s NFL Draft to grab Lance.

Now, with Garoppolo out for an undetermined length of time, those wondering if Lance should be ready to go right now will likely have a lot of their questions answered.

The Niners and Seahawks remained tied 7-7 in the third quarter at Levi’s Stadium.

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