Lance throws 2 TD passes to lead 49ers past Texans 23-7

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Rookie Trey Lance threw two touchdown passes within the second half of his second profession begin, and the San Francisco 49ers closed in on a playoff berth with a 23-7 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Lance obtained the nod for the 49ers (9-7) for the primary time since Week 5 with Jimmy Garoppolo sidelined by a thumb harm and overcame an interception within the first half to lead San Francisco to the win.

The Niners can clinch their second playoff berth in 5 seasons below coach Kyle Shanahan with one loss by New Orleans or a win subsequent week in opposition to the Rams.

The Texans (4-12) struggled to get a lot of something going offensively and failed of their try at their first three-game successful streak since 2018.

Davis Mills went 21 for 32 for 163 yards, one landing and one interception, and Houston was held to 222 yards on offense.

Lance fared a lot better in opposition to lesser competitors in his second begin than he did in a 17-10 loss to Arizona in October.

He went 16 for 23 for 249 yards along with his greatest play coming within the fourth quarter when he rolled proper after which threw deep over the center to Deebo Samuel, who caught it for a 45-yard touchdown that put the Niners up 17-7.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) passes in opposition to the Houston Texans in the course of the first half of an NFL soccer sport in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.
(AP Photo/John Hefti)

MOMENTUM SHIFT

The sport shifted within the third quarter with a few huge performs — and calls — for the 49ers.

It began when Marcell Harris intercepted a pass from Mills. Harris appeared to lose the ball on a fumble, however officers dominated that his ahead progress was stopped.

On the following play, Terrance Mitchell was referred to as for a 37-yard pass-interference penalty in opposition to Brandon Aiyuk to arrange the Niners within the crimson zone. Lance completed the drive with an 8-yard TD go to Elijah Mitchell to give San Francisco a 10-7 lead.

The Texans had two pass-interference calls go their manner early within the fourth quarter to get into the crimson zone, however a sack on third down by Samson Ebukam after which a missed 45-yard discipline objective by Ka’imi Fairbairn saved San Francisco forward 10-7.

TURNAROUND

The Texans had been stagnant for many of the first half earlier than (*2*)from Lance within the second quarter.

Lance threw to George Kittle in protection as an alternative of an open Samuel for his second interception of the season.

The Texans, who had just one first down on their first 4 drives, moved the ball 80 yards by changing 4 third downs, taking a 7-0 lead on Mills’ 8-yard TD pass to Brandin Cooks.

Mills was 3 for 3 for 47 yards and the TD on third down on that drive.

LATE SCORE

Shanahan obtained aggressive on the finish of the primary half and the transfer paid off. San Francisco took over at its 25 with 38 seconds left and no timeouts.

But Lance accomplished three passes for 56 yards to arrange Robbie Gould’s 37-yard discipline objective on the ultimate play of the half.

KEY INJURIES

Houston S Jonathan Owens (wrist), DL Jonathan Greenard (shoulder) and DB Grayland Arnold (ankle) had been damage.

UP NEXT

Texans: Host Tennessee on Sunday.

49ers: Visit the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

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