C.J. Beathard and George Kittle recap the 29-27 loss.

Postgame Press Conference vs Chargers


On overall feeling of the game:

“We just lost a game. It doesn’t feel good. We just have to get back to work and watch the tape to correct our mistakes so we can fix them for next week.”

On what he saw on the field today compared to last season:

“I felt a lot more comfortable being out there in control. I definitely felt a lot more comfortable than last year.”

On his interception in the fourth quarter:

“I was trying to see if I could get it out before, but [S] Derwin James is a good player and made a nice play.”

On when he was hit hard:

“I knew I was okay. I just couldn’t breathe because I got the air knocked out of me pretty bad. I knew it would come back eventually. I knew I was going to be fine.”

On losing LT Joe Staley:

“It wasn’t on my mind. Joe is a really good player and he is out, but it is the next man up mentality. You don’t really think about it when you are in the pocket.”

On losing a number of teammates due to injury:

“I think we have a lot of guys who battle through little injuries like [WR] Marquise Goodwin. He was tough to keep playing even though he was hurting. It is also great to have guys who play different positions.”

On concussion protocol:

“They just checked out my head. It was protocol and they just made sure I didn’t have a concussion.”

On if he was too aggressive putting himself in harm’s way:

“Not really a debate, especially in a situation like that on third down when you’re inches away from converting, you know it could change the game if we get that first. If I could do it again, I would do the same thing.”

On his chemistry with TE George Kittle:

“We’ve gotten even better. I know the guy and his tendencies and what he’s good at running. I know how he gets open and it’s just kind of a feel thing, we gel together.”

On what kind of communication he had with QB Jimmy Garoppolo this week:

“He was in meetings and stuff, so I talked to him. He was really positive and I just assume he wishes he could have been here, but unfortunately with the surgery coming up, they won’t allow him to play. He was really supportive and he’s great.”

On if he texted with Garoppolo last night:

“I didn’t get to text him last night, but throughout the week I talked to him.”

On his 82-yard touchdown to Kittle:

“I just felt like we were moving the ball, converting on third downs and if it’s working, you just keep doing it. You get a nice drive going, we decided to take a shot on that one drive and we had a big play.”


On if he thought 82-yard touchdown run was a comeback play:

“After I caught my breath, yes. I was ready. The defense got a three-and-out and we got a field goal the next time to put us in the lead. I was pretty excited about that.”

On the touchdown:

“It was something we’ve been practicing all year. We finally got it called. Safeties playing on the opposite hash, the guy drops me because he thinks I’m running vertical, [QB] C.J. [Beathard] finds me and got a good cut on the safety, he kind of stumbled, and just got a run from there.”

On QB C.J. Beathard:

“C.J. is one of the most competitive people I’ve ever been around. He hates losing more than anybody I know. He played the game angry, that’s just how he plays it. It’s awesome. I feel like he is more mature. I feel like we all are after getting a year under our belt. The guys responded to C.J. being out there and I think we responded really well. We’re looking forward to having C.J. lead us from here on out.”

On Beathard taking hits:

“He’s a bad ass. He’s good. C.J. has more grit than anyone that I know.”

On Beathard’s build:

“He’s got a severe ‘dad bod.’ He can run longer than anybody I’ve ever known — which is kind of crazy — and he can take any hit. It’s pretty cool. Don’t know how he does it.”

On his shoulder:

“I was fine, perfectly fine.”

On the interceptions:

“I didn’t see either of them because I was running a route. I came on the sideline and I didn’t know what happened. It’s even more frustrating when I don’t know what happened and the ball is going the other direction. It’s not fun. You can’t make those mistakes and expect to win a game in the NFL.”