SANTA CLARA — C.J. Beathard didn’t come right out and disagree with Kyle Shanahan on Wednesday, but Beathard came close.
Shanahan had blamed him for throwing an interception late in the fourth quarter during the 49ers’ 33-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers Monday night. On that play, the Packers blitzed and Beathard threw deep to Marquise Goodwin, but cornerback Kevin King intercepted the pass. That interception led to the game-winning field goal for the Packers.
“We had to get rid of it,” Shanahan said during his postgame press conference, referring to the interception. “There were four options (receivers) on the play. That wasn’t the one we wanted.”
Meaning someone else was open and Beathard threw to the wrong receiver.
On Wednesday, a reporter asked Beathard if indeed there was a better option during that play. “Um,” Beathard said, picking his words carefully. “It’s tough to say watching the tape. I don’t know.”
Meaning someone else wasn’t necessarily open. Beathard and Shanahan had two versions of the same event.
Here’s what happened.
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