San Francisco 49ers QB Nick Mullens took the NFL by storm in his debut on Thursday night against the Raiders but it is unknown at this point if the Giants will be tasked with stopping the 23-year-old.
Forty-niners coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game that he is not ready to announce if Mullens has now permanently taken the job from C.J. Beathard — who missed the game with an injured right wrist.
“Yeah, definitely we’ll consider it,” he told reporters. “Definitely not thinking about that right now, but our whole team played very well. Nick definitely did.”
The Giants are 1-7 entering their bye week and at least looked like they had a favorable matchup on Nov. 12 when they head west to play a 2-7 49ers team on Monday Night Football.
Yet, Mullens’ performance in a 34-3 win over the Raiders turned some heads and suddenly the Giants defense — which has not played well this season and recently traded away Eli Apple and Damon Harrison — could have its hands full.
The first-year quarterback completed 16 of 22 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns and finished with a 151.9 quarterback rating.
Of course, the Giants struggled against Beathard last season when the two met when he threw for 288 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 31-21 win.