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Shanahan: 'We have to figure out how to finish one'

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Shanahan: 'We have to figure out how to finish one'

Editor's note: 49ers Game Plan airs Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Bay Area.

SANTA CLARA – Three days after the 49ers’ crushing overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the team put together what Kyle Shanahan described as its best Wednesday practice of the season.

Shanahan, who sat down Thursday for an interview that will appear on “49ers Game Plan,” said he believes his team has responded well after the frustration of an 18-15 loss to Arizona to re-focus on facing the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

“You can usually tell how guys are after a loss by how hard they work,” Shanahan said. “I haven’t seen the guys step back at all. I think they’re putting even more (work) into it with each practice they have. I think we’re getting better and I think it’s a matter of time.”

Shanahan and the 49ers are still searching for their first victory of the season after going 2-14 in Chip Kelly’s only season as head coach. The 49ers are one of only four teams in the NFL to head into Week 5 without a victory.

“I think winning can become a habit,” Shanahan said. “When you get into these tight games, which most NFL games are, there are very few plays that separate a win and a loss. When you get into that fourth quarter and it’s tight and you haven’t won many of them, it’s hard to believe you’re truly going to. The only way you change it, is you start winning. True confidence is from having success that you’ve experienced. If you haven’t had that, it’s just talk.

“We’ve put ourselves in position to do it, which is close and it’s a step in the right direction. But it’s definitely not enough. We have to figure out how to finish one out.”

On Sunday, the Cardinals took advantage of miscommunication among the 49ers’ defense for Carson Palmer’s 19-yard walk-off touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald in overtime. It appeared 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman was late in relaying the defensive call to safety Jimmie Ward after throwing a shoe off the field. Ward did not get into position in time to prevent the touchdown pass.

“You got to make those plays in a moment of truth, and you’re not going to get a lot of opportunities,” Shanahan said. “Those opportunities have been there, but we’ve come up a little short.

“You can’t count on the other team to mess it up if you want to win consistently. You have to go do it yourself. You've got to make it happen, and we haven’t done that, yet. But I expect to do that Sunday.”

Source: 49ers sign son of former NFL WR

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Source: 49ers sign son of former NFL WR

The 49ers have signed wide receiver Max McCaffrey off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad, a source confirmed Tuesday to NBC Sports Bay Area.

The NFL Network first reported the 49ers’ move.

The team could place wide receiver Victor Bolden on injured reserve to make roster space for McCaffrey. Bolden sustained an ankle injury in the 49ers’ 26-16 victory Sunday over the Houston Texans.

McCaffrey (6 foot 2, 200 pounds) is a second-year player from Duke. He is the son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey and the older brother of former Stanford star and Carolina Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey.

Max McCaffrey appeared in five games this season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching one pass for 4 yards.

He originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted rookie and spent time with Green Bay, New Orleans and Jacksonville before returning to the Packers’ practice squad in October.

Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation

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Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation

Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown for more yards than any quarterback in 49ers history in his first two starts.

But 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo’s play has not changed how he views the contract situation that must be addressed before the start of the new league year in March.

The 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a late-October trade with the New England Patriots. He is under contract only through the end of this season. The 49ers will retain Garoppolo with the franchise tag if the sides are unable to reach agreement on a multi-year deal.

“For me personally, it doesn't impact anything,” Shanahan said. “I thought it was so neat about the situation that I didn't feel that, because of that (franchise) option, that we had to see something here or there, and we had to do all this stuff.

“It's been able for us to just try to do things the right way, put him in when we thought he was ready to, not put any pressure on him where he has to do all this to show something. Obviously, we're very encouraged with how these two games have been.”

The 49ers must designate Garoppolo as their franchise player at any point from Feb. 20 to March 6. Last year, the one-year cost for a franchise player at quarterback was $21.268 million.

In leading the 49ers to back-to-back road victories, Garoppolo threw for 293 yards against the Chicago Bears and 334 yards against the Houston Texans. Garoppolo is scheduled to make his first home start on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at Levi's Stadium.

“We'll see what happens here in the offseason when we get together and can assess everything,” Shanahan said. “I definitely don't think that’s something he's thinking about at this point, and it's definitely not something I'm thinking about, either.”

Shanahan said he does not anticipate the sides working out a contract extension during the final three weeks of the regular season.