Kyle Shanahan is running out of time to get his first win of the season, and with a relatively tough schedule down the road, expect Shanahan and the 49ers to do whatever they can to get the win.
-Left tackle Joe Staley made his return to the starting lineup after missing just one game with a broken eye socket.
While Garoppolo is not expected to start until after the bye, he will serve as rookie C.J. Beathard's primary backup on Sunday for the second consecutive week. Beathard did not get enough air under his lob pass intended for Matt Breida, which enabled Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon to make the interception at the NY 25-yard line.
Beathard, a third-round draft pick from Iowa, is completing 50.9 percent of his throws, averaging 188.2 yards per game and has thrown two touchdown passes and four interceptions.
Beathard's fourth-quarter touchdown run was followed shortly thereafter by a 33-yard scoring run from Matt Breida, who showed great speed to complement great blocks, including one from Staley. San Francisco enters its bye week on a positive note and will not play against until the Seattle Seahawks visit Levi's Stadium on November 26. Manning attempted to unload the ball with an underhand toss as Blair never touched the ball, and a replay ruling upheld the fumble call to keep the Giants from adding to their 6-3 lead. And the 49ers held their first halftime lead, too. In the fourth quarter, when Juszczyk failed to convert on a fourth-and-1 fullback draw.
-Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon had his best showing in coverage for a secondary that put the clamps on veteran quarterback Eli Manning for much of the game.
-Beathard completed 13 of 16 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. His second touchdown pass of the game came with 1:02 remaining, and an ensuing two-point conversion pulled the Giants within 31-21. Engram has five TD catches, tying the Giants record for a rookie tight end set by Bob Tucker in 1970. He had 17 carries for 98 yards.