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Jimmy Garoppolo helped lead the 49ers to a 26-16 win over the Texans.

0:28 | December 10, 2017 | Football, Houston Texans, NFL, San Francisco 49ers

Game Information
Location: NRG Stadium Houston, Texas
Attendance: 71,802

HOUSTON (AP) After years of struggles at the position, the San Francisco 49ers may have finally found their quarterback of the future in Jimmy Garoppolo.

But even after leading the team to its second straight win, 26-16, over the Houston Texans on Sunday, the former backup to Tom Brady wasn't convinced the job is his to keep.

"We'll see what happens this week. That's on (coach) Kyle (Shanahan)," he said when asked about starting next week. "I don't know."

It's pretty safe to say that Garoppolo will be under center for the rest of the season after throwing for a career-high 334 yards and a touchdown as the 49ers (3-10) won their second straight game.

Garoppolo was 20 of 33 in his second start for a team that hasn't had consistent play at quarterback since Colin Kaepernick's great 2013 season. Acquired before the trade deadline from New England, Garoppolo threw for 293 yards in his debut with the team last week to help the 49ers to a 15-14 win at Chicago.

"You've got to have guys who are fearless, can hang in there and keep their eyes down the field. He does that very, very well," Shanahan said. "But he also has the foot quickness and agility to get out of there and extend some plays."

The game was tied when he found Garrett Celek on a 6-yard touchdown pass with about two minutes left in the third quarter to make it 23-16. Celek had a big play earlier in that drive on a 61-yard reception on third down.

"We knew it was kind of feast or famine against this defense because they're very physical," Shanahan said. "But sometimes, you get your opportunities, and we were fortunate enough to come down with them."

DeAndre Hopkins had 149 yards receiving and two touchdowns, but lost a fumble in the fourth quarter with the Texans down by 7 . San Francisco added 41-yard field goal after that to secure the victory.

T.J. Yates threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns after Tom Savage left with a concussion in the second quarter. Texans (4-9) lost their third straight and sixth in seven games.

Savage was injured when he was driven to the ground on a hit by Elvis Dumervil with about nine minutes left in the second. Replays showed Savage looking dazed after his head hit the ground with both of his arms lifted upward shaking.

He was taken to the medical tent, where he stayed for less than three minutes before returning to the bench and going back in for the next series. He threw two incompletions on that drive, and Houston's team doctor approached him after he returned to the sideline after that possession.

Savage tried repeatedly to enter the game on the next series. But a team official kept grabbing Savage's jersey and finally his arm and pulled him away from the field. He then could be seen arguing with that person and the team's trainer before being escorted to the locker room.

Coach Bill O'Brien said he was evaluated for a concussion after the hit and cleared to return, but that he was evaluated again after he returned because "because of what they saw," without providing details of what that was.

"They try to make the best decision for the player," O'Brien said. "Whatever they see and the testing that they do they try to make the best decision with the player and they weren't satisfied with the results of the second test so they decided to pull him, and that's when he went into the locker room."

Yates, who hadn't appeared in a game since Nov. 16, 2015, was signed last month after Deshaun Watson went out with a knee injury. Houston went up 16-13 when Hopkins grabbed a 29-yard touchdown reception on the Texans' first drive of the second half.

The 49ers took a 10-3 lead when Carlos Hyde ran 2 yards for a touchdown with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

Yates connected with Hopkins for a 7-yard touchdown on Houston's next drive, but the kick failed to leave Houston down 10-9.

Robbie Gould added a 35-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter to leave San Francisco up 13-9.

INJURIES: Houston offensive tackle Kendall Lamm sustained a concussion in the first quarter. The Texans have had six players sustain concussions in the last two games combined. ... 49ers rookie receiver Victor Bolden injured his ankle in the second quarter and didn't return. ... San Francisco cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon injured his knee in the fourth quarter.

MEMORIES: Sunday was Shanahan's first visit to NRG Stadium since losing to the Patriots in the Super Bowl when he was the offensive coordinator for the Falcons. He said he didn't think about that game, where the Falcons blew a 25-point lead, until he got to the stadium on Sunday.

"We got off the bus and were walking across the field, and that's when I remembered," he said. "I got some feelings of that. I had some real good feelings in that game, but not toward the end. The feelings today were definitely much better at the end."

UP NEXT

49ERS: Host the Titans next Sunday.

TEXANS: Visit Jaguars next Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Texans
09:02 Ka'imi Fairbairn 55 yd FG 0 3

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Texans
06:31 Robbie Gould 52 yd FG 3 3
02:32 Carlos Hyde 2 yd run (Robbie Gould kick) 10 3
00:54 DeAndre Hopkins 7 yd pass from T.J. Yates (missed kick) 10 9
00:00 Robbie Gould 35 yd FG 13 9

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Texans
12:11 DeAndre Hopkins 29 yd pass from T.J. Yates (Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) 13 16
08:12 Robbie Gould 25 yd FG 16 16
01:53 Garrett Celek 6 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Robbie Gould kick) 23 16

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Texans
03:50 Robbie Gould 41 yd FG 26 16

Team Stats
  San Francisco Houston
1st Downs 20 18
Total Yards 416 311
Passing 314 221
Passing Completions/Attempts 20-33 20-38
Yards/Pass 9.0 5.4
Rushing 102 90
Rushing Attempts 31 23
Yards/Rush 3.3 3.9
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Possession 34:49 25:11

San Francisco Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jimmy Garoppolo 20 33 334 10.1 1 1

Houston Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
T.J. Yates 14 26 175 6.7 2 0
Tom Savage 6 12 63 5.2 0 0

San Francisco Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Carlos Hyde 14 78 5.6 1 31
Matt Breida 12 27 2.2 0 6
Jimmy Garoppolo 5 -3 -0.6 0 4

Houston Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Lamar Miller 17 53 3.1 0 11
T.J. Yates 3 31 10.3 0 15
Andre Ellington 3 6 2.0 0 7

San Francisco Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Marquise Goodwin 6 106 17.7 0 32
Garrett Celek 2 67 33.5 1 61
Kyle Juszczyk 3 64 21.3 0 31
Kendrick Bourne 2 29 14.5 0 18
Aldrick Robinson 2 27 13.5 0 18
Louis Murphy 1 20 20.0 0 20
Trent Taylor 2 11 5.5 0 6
George Kittle 2 10 5.0 0 8
Carlos Hyde 0 0 0.0 0

Houston Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
DeAndre Hopkins 11 149 13.6 2 29
Will Fuller V 3 26 8.7 0 14
DeAndrew White 1 24 24.0 0 24
Stephen Anderson 2 16 8.0 0 9
Andre Ellington 1 16 16.0 0 16
Lamar Miller 2 7 3.5 0 8

San Francisco Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Reuben Foster 7 1 0 0
Dontae Johnson 7 0 0 0
Adrian Colbert 3 0 0 0
Eli Harold 2 0 1 7
Brock Coyle 2 2 0 0
Leon Hall 2 0 0 0
Aaron Lynch 2 2 0 0
Ahkello Witherspoon 2 1 0 0
DeForest Buckner 1 1 1 7
K'Waun Williams 1 1 1 3
Tank Carradine 1 1 0 0
Cassius Marsh 1 1 0 0
Earl Mitchell 1 1 0 0
Eric Reid 1 3 0 0
Solomon Thomas 1 1 0 0
Garrett Celek 0 0 0 0
Sheldon Day 0 2 0 0
Elvis Dumervil 0 0 0 0
Dexter McCoil 0 0 0 0
Aldrick Robinson 0 0 0 0

Houston Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Zach Cunningham 6 3 0.5 4
Marcus Gilchrist 6 0 0 0
Kevin Johnson 4 1 0 0
Jadeveon Clowney 3 3 0 0
Andre Hal 3 0 0 0
Kareem Jackson 3 0 0 0
Benardrick McKinney 3 1 0 0
Brian Cushing 2 3 0.5 4
Angelo Blackson 2 0 0 0
Brandon Dunn 2 0 0 0
Johnathan Joseph 2 0 0 0
Carlos Watkins 2 0 0 0
LaTroy Lewis 1 0 1 11
Joel Heath 1 2 0 0
Eddie Pleasant 1 0 0 0
D.J. Reader 1 2 0 0
Stephen Anderson 0 0 0 0
Dylan Cole 0 0 0 0
Corey Moore 0 1 0 0
Brian Peters 0 0 0 0
Gimel President 0 0 0 0
Jordan Todman 0 0 0 0

San Francisco Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Houston Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Kareem Jackson 1 2 0

San Francisco Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Victor Bolden Jr. 2 42 21.0 0 26

Houston Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

San Francisco Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Trent Taylor 2 15 7.5 0 10

Houston Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
DeAndrew White 4 3 0.8 0 3

San Francisco Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Robbie Gould 4 4 100.0 52

Houston Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Ka'imi Fairbairn 1 2 50.0 55

San Francisco Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Bradley Pinion 5 207 54

Houston Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Shane Lechler 6 314 63