Houston's Savage returned to game after concussion

Sheri Evans
December 11, 2017

The 49ers second touchdown drive came in the third quarter and spanned just 6 plays and 3:33.

Hopkins finished with 11 receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns, but his fumble in Houston territory late in the fourth quarter resulted in the fourth Gould field goal. Celek's 61-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter was the longest reception of his career. Yates passed for 175 yards on 14-of-26 attempts.

Lamar Miller will also hope he can end the recent resurgence of the 49ers' run defense, which has given up just 152 yards in the last two weeks. The 49ers committed to bracketing him all over the field and effectively shut down the Texans offense down the stretch.

Quarterback Tom Savage has lost four of five starts since taking over for standout rookie Watson. "They were doing everything they could to put two and sometimes three guys over in his area". Goodwin grabbed six passes for 106 yards which marked his second 100-yard game of the season.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (left) talks with teammates in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

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"He went into a tough spot and I thought he did some really good things", O'Brien said. However, Houston's prospects of victory likely lie with how their struggling offensive line protects a turnover-prone quarterback in Tom Savage.

Next up for Garoppolo are the Houston Texans, who have lost their past two games.

Johnson was taken out of the 49ers' lineup following Hopkins' 29-yard touchdown reception from T.J. Yates.

Yates, who was signed after Watson was injured, threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns in his first game since November 16, 2015.

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