The 49ers might not have faced a pass rush from the Texans on Sunday, but one individual wasn’t stopped from running untouched to San Francisco’s head coach.
During the Week 17 game at Levi’s Stadium, a young fan took off upfield and reached Kyle Shanahan at the 49ers’ sideline before being escorted away by security. According to The Athletic’s Matt Barrows, the team’s equipment manager intervened to walk the spectator to security.
Normally, fans who rush onto the field are swiftly met by security and often forcefully tackled to the ground before being removed from the field of play. This fan appeared to reach Shanahan without any interference. The only guard seen in the above video was watching helplessly from the end zone.
The fan was one of the few non-49ers who were able to run untouched on the field during San Francisco’s 23-7 victory. San Francisco quarterback Trey Lance was sacked just once and Houston tallied only two quarterback hits on the dual-threat rookie.
Lance, who was filling in for starter Jimmy Garoppolo, completed 16 of 23 passes for 249 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He rushed eight times for 31 yards. Garoppolo missed Sunday’s game with a thumb injury.
San Francisco fans have clamored to see more of Lance, the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, this season. Garoppolo and Lance were used in different packages during the preseason, but Lance has rarely seen the field during the regular season. He threw a 5-yard touchdown pass in Week 1 and rushed for a score in Week 3 before filling in for Garoppolo (calf) in Week 4.
Lance completed 9 of 18 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns, to go with seven rushes for 41 yards, in a loss to the Seahawks. He lost the following week to the Cardinals after going just 15 for 29 for 192 yards, with no touchdowns and an interceptions, while rushing 16 times for 89 yards.
For the season, Garoppolo has completed 68 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The 49ers (9-7) are on the verge of reaching the NFC playoffs.
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