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49ers use Lance, Garoppolo to beat Raiders; QB rotation to remain 'option'

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49ers use Lance, Garoppolo to beat Raiders; QB rotation to remain 'option'
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance passes in the second quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo rotated series in the San Francisco 49ers win over the Las Vegas Raiders in their final preseason game on Sunday, but the team did not announce who would be the starting quarterback for Week 1.

Garoppolo completed 4 of 7 passes for 64 yards in the 34-10 win at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Lance completed 6 of 13 passes for 46 yards. They each scored on short rushing touchdowns.

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"I don't like playing this game, but everyone keeps asking me that question," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters, when asked who will start Week 1. "I'm not just giving the answer just to satisfy the question.

"I think we got a pretty good idea like I said all along. I think our team does and we're pretty good with it. As long as I can keep surviving press conferences."

Garoppolo received the first snap in Sunday's game, but Lance replaced the incumbent starter on the first drive. They also rotated on the second drive. Lance then took over for the remainder of the second quarter. Lance started the second half, but was replaced by 49ers backup Nate Sudfield on the second drive of the third quarter.

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Shanahan said Garoppolo-Lance rotations will be an option once the regular season starts in two weeks.

"We had two successful drives with it, scored on both of them," Garoppolo told reporters. "It's tough for defenses to handle that. And I've never been in that situation, but just seeing it firsthand, it's hard on them.

"So, whatever's best for the team, I'm here for it. It's one of those things that whatever's best for the team, you've got to get behind that and be a part of that. And I think that makes you the best player you can be, too."

Garoppolo scored on a one-yard run on the 49ers' first possession. That score ended a 10-play, 68-yard drive. Lance scored a two-yard rushing touchdown on the 49ers' second drive. The 49ers used 14 plays to gain 75 yards on that possession.

49ers running back JaMycal Hasty ran for 55 yards and two rushing scores in the win. 49ers kicker Robbie Gould made field goals from 21 yards and 19 yards.

Fellow kicker Daniel Carlson put the Raiders on the scoreboard with a 51-yard field goal midway through the second quarter. Backup quarterback Nathan Peterman threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Nick Bowers in the third quarter for the Raiders' final points of the day.

Peterman completed 18 of 29 passes for 175 yards, one score and an interception in the loss.

Garoppolo completed 10 of 16 passes for 105 yards, no scores and one interception in three games this preseason. Lance completed 19 of 41 passes for three scores and an interception in his three appearances. Lance also was sacked six times, while Garoppolo was not sacked.

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Lance earned 16 rushing yards and a score, but fumbled once. Garoppolo ran for 25 yards and two scores.

"It was a ton of fun and I learned a lot and still continuing to learn and just super thankful to be here," Lance said.

"Thankful to be in this organization, in this locker room. And I think that things have been going well in my estimation. So I'm going to continue to try to get better and learn as much as I can throughout this season."

Garoppolo, 29, completed 67.1% of his throws for 1,096 yards, seven scores and five interceptions in six starts last season. He missed 10 games in 2021 due to ankle injuries. Lance joined the 49ers as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The 49ers battle the Detroit Lions in their first regular season game at 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 12 at Ford Field in Detroit.

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