Texans QB Savage (concussion) exits vs. 49ers

Taylor Byrd
December 11, 2017

The third-year signal-caller is finally getting his first shot at helming a team, and so far he is passing with flying colors.

Texans quarterback Tom Savage briefly returned to Sunday's game after taking a vicious hit from 49ers defensive end Elvis Dumervil in the second quarter.

Jimmy Garoppolo moved to 2-0 as the team's starting quarterback, directing a 26-16 victory over the Texans.

Garoppolo, who arrived in Santa Clara on October 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 National Football League merger in 1970.

The former No. 1 overall draft pick finished the first half with three tackles, including one for loss, and two quarterback hits.

That was the first of five consecutive possessions that ended with a score for the 49ers.

Houston may turn to a new kicker this week after Ka'imi Fairbairn struggled again.

Backup T.J. Yates replaced Savage, who completed 6 of 12 pass attempts for 63 yards in the first two quarters. It's just not fair that the Houston Texans wide receiver combines his freakish combination of size and athleticism with the type of finesse it takes to make plays like this. Savage was later ruled out for the game with a concussion. He was back on the next series and did not miss a snap.

Upon entering the game, Yates threw a touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins to narrow the gap against the 49ers.

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