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Instant Analysis: Garoppolo's first 300-yard effort leads 49ers to win

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Instant Analysis: Garoppolo's first 300-yard effort leads 49ers to win

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HOUSTON – Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers’ offense did not immediately continue the ride of momentum from his first week as a starter.

But after a rough start with an interception and just four first downs in the first four offensive possessions Sunday against the Houston Texans, things started to look as the 49ers had envisioned under the new quarterback.

Garoppolo threw for a career-high 334 yards and the 49ers rallied for a 26-16 victory over the Houston Texans for the team’s second win in Garoppolo’s two starts with the club.

Coming off a 15-14 win over the Chicago Bears, the 49ers have won back-to-back games for the first time since the middle of the 2014 season

Garoppolo, who arrived in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 after a trade with the New England Patriots, has the most yards passing for any 49ers quarterback making his first two starts since the NFL merger in 1970. Garoppolo had 293 yards a week earlier in Chicago. Garoppolo completed 20 of 33 passes for 334 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Texans. His passer rating was 92.2.

Garoppolo teamed up with tight end Garrett Celek late in the third quarter to break a 16-16 tie. Celek, who had a 61-yard catch on the drive, caught a 6-yard scoring pass from Garoppolo to enable the 49ers to take a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter.

But the offense got going just before the end of the first half. Fulback Kyle Juszczyk caught passes of 29 and 31 yards to set up the 49ers for the first touchdown in six quarters of Garoppolo as a starter.

Running back Carlos Hyde, who earlier let a sure touchdown pass from Garoppolo slip through his hands, bounced outside for a 2-yard touchdown run to give the 49ers a 10-3 lead.

The 49ers put together a quick drive at the end of the first half to head to the locker room with a 13-9 lead. Hyde had a 27-yard run. Garoppolo connected with Aldrick Robinson for 18 yards to set up Robbie Gould for a 35-yard field goal.

Gould hit a 52-yard field goal earlier in the game to tie the score. Houston opened the scoring on Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 55-yard field goal.

Marquise Goodwin continued to be a featured target in the passing game with Garoppolo. Goodwin caught six passes for 106 yards.

The defense iced the game late with Adrian Colbert forcing DeAndre Hopkins to fumble late in the fourth quarter. Aaron Lynch made the recovery. The takeaway set up Gould for his fourth field goal of the game, a 41-yarder with 3:50 remaining in the game.

JOHNSON BENCHED

Cornerback Dontae Johnson, who started the first 13 games of the season, was benched in the third after and after struggling mightily in coverage against Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Hopkins caught 10 passes for 144 yards with two touchdowns while Johnson was in the game. Johnson was called three penalties, two of which were declined after completions to Hopkins.

Before he was removed from the lineup, Johnson had a game-high seven tackles, but six of his stops were recorded after receptions he allowed while in coverage. Greg Mabin took over at right cornerback with 8:12 left in the third quarter.

Johnson was taken out of the 49ers’ lineup following Hopkins’ 29-yard touchdown reception from T.J. Yates. Johnson was observed spiking his helmet on the sideline after getting beaten for the touchdown.

Johnson re-entered after Ahkello Witherspoon sustained a knee injury in the fourth quarter.

SAVAGE HIT
Texans quarterback Tom Savage appeared to be knocked woozy as Elvis Dumervil delivered a hit as he was throwing incomplete on a third-down play in the second quarter.

Backup T.J. Yates replaced Savage, who completed 6 of 12 pass attempts for 63 yards in the first two quarters. Savage was later ruled out for the game with a concussion.

Yates completed 11 of 19 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns in his relief appearance.

THIS ‘N’ THAT
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-Linebacker Reuben Foster was shaken up after Texans running back Lamar Miller drilled him on a blitz pickup in the second quarter on a third-down play. Foster remained down for a minute before jogging off the field. It appeared the wind was knocked out of him. He was back on the next series and did not miss a snap.

--Former Texans defensive lineman Earl Mitchell made an impact early in the game when he stopped Miller for a 2-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 play from the 49ers’ 40-yard line.

--Right tackle Trent Brown was declared inactive for the game after going through limited practice last week with a shoulder condition. Veteran guard Zane Beadles started at right tackle.

--The 49ers activated defensive linemen Aaron Lynch and Tank Carradine and deactivated Ronald Blair, Leger Douzable and D.J. Jones.

--The 49ers have gone 10 games without scoring a touchdown in the first quarter.

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2015. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.
 

Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts

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Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts

The 49ers recently re-signed eight of the 10 players who finished the season on the team’s practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, who was not among the first wave of 49ers signings to 2018 contracts, signed Wednesday with the Indianapolis Colts, ending his three-season association with the organization.

Smelter was one of general manager Trent Baalke’s redshirt draft picks. The team selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft despite a torn ACL that ended his final season at Georgia Tech.

Smelter spent his first season on an injured list. He was waived at the beginning of the past two seasons, finishing both years on the 49ers’ practice squad. Smelter appeared in two games in 2016 and caught one pass for 23 yards.

Last season, the 49ers signed wide receivers Louis Murphy and Max McCaffrey to spots on the 53-man roster instead of Smelter, who remained on the practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Carter, who also spent the entire season on the practice squad, was signed recently to the team’s 90-man roster.

Others who finished the season on the 49ers practice squad to remain on the team’s offseason roster are: quarterback Nick Mullens, tight end Cole Wick, offensive linemen Andrew Lauderdale and Pace Murphy, linebacker Boseko Lokombo, and defensive backs Trovon Reed and Channing Stribling.

The 49ers also signed fullback Malcolm Johnson, who spent last season on injured reserve with the Seattle Seahawks. Johnson appeared in 19 games over the 2015 and ’16 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He was a sixth-round draft pick in ’15.

Offensive linemen Cameron Hunt, who finished the season on the 49ers’ practice squad, remains unsigned. Guard JP Flynn is also unsigned. He sustained a torn patellar tendon in November and underwent surgery that was expected to keep him out up to nine months.