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Week 8 vs. SEA
Passing: 15 - 23, 173 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 20 / 0
QB Shaun Hill relieved QB J.T. O'Sullivan for the final possession of the first half following O'Sullivan's second turnover of the game. Hill played reasonably well for his first appearance of the season, even leading the team on a late scoring drive which culminated in a touchdown pass to WR Jason Hill in the back of the end zone. Hill did not turn the ball over, which for an entire half is pretty good for the 49ers, but he did have the ball knocked out of his hand but the team recovered. Hill also managed 20 yards on the ground and looked good scrambling for first downs.
Week 10 vs. ARI
Passing: 19 - 40, 217 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 2 / 12 / 0
Hill started the game off extremely well and it looked like he was going to continue his success. However, in the second half he forced a couple of balls in that got intercepted, including two that were returned for touchdowns but called back for encroachment penalties. He likely noticed the encroachment and tried to make something happen, but failed. He was very good at moving around the pocket and showed great heart out there --- particularly on a run where he fought through three defenders for three extra yards to get a first down while losing his helmet.
Week 11 vs. STL
Passing: 15 - 20, 213 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / 5 / 1
Hill was sacked two times (not a bad game for a 49ers QB), and he kept his cool, showed some elusiveness, and came up with a number of big plays. More importantly, he did not throw an INT or fumble the ball away. He didn't need to throw the ball much after the second quarter, but while the passing attack was still relevant, he did a good job spreading the ball around, keeping his top three WRs (Isaac Bruce, Bryant Johnson and Jason Hill) involved in the game. Johnson had a huge 42 yard catch, and RB Michael Robinson had a 36 yard reception that set up the 49ers with a first and goal from the one. Hill didn't scramble very often, but he scored a rushing TD on a quarterback draw.
Week 12 vs. DAL
Passing: 21 - 33, 303 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Shaun Hill had a good game statistically, throwing for over 300 yards, two touchdowns, and only one interception. He generally made good decisions with the ball, as he was facing constant pressure from the Dallas defense. The coverage forced him to roll out or hurry his passes. He was able to take advantage of the soft coverage provided to his outside receivers by either hitting them on open shorter routes or on the occasional deep ball. Hill did show some of his inexperience by failing to lead the receivers on some passes when a perfect throw could have resulted in much more yardage. The inexperience showed on his lone interception where the defensive back played the ball well, but had the pass been thrown to a different area the result would have been a touchdown. His two touchdowns came late in the fourth quarter after the game was mostly in hand and Dallas was playing in a prevent style defense.
Week 13 vs. BUF
Passing: 14 - 23, 161 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 4 / 0 / 0
Shaun Hill continued his consistent play, as he completed 14 of 23 for 161 yards and one touchdown and zero interceptions. A second TD pass was called back on a penalty and he posted a QB rating of 96.5. In his previous three games Hill had thrown a total of six touchdowns with an average QB rating of 94.3.
Week 14 vs. NYJ
Passing: 28 - 39, 285 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 8 / 0
Hill got into a rhythm early and for the most part retained it with his receivers. He threw several passes to a spot where his receivers should be, and most of the time, he and his receivers were on the same page. As a result of his accurate timing based passing, Hill's receivers were able to gain yards after the catch a lot of times. Hill showed a very good command of the offense, and usually made good decisions in terms of which of his receivers to throw to. While he did not attempt many deep passes, his accuracy on the short and intermediate passing enabled his receivers to gain yards after the catch most of the time, which helped his overall passing numbers.
Week 15 vs. MIA
Passing: 30 - 46, 233 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / 17 / 0
Hill's recent string of strong fantasy outings came to an end with this game. He moved the team well and positioned the team to be in scoring positions. However, Hill and the offense were not able to capitalize with anything other then field goals. Also of note, the winds were gusting at close to 20 MPH and this played a factor in the passing game. Hill did struggle with accuracy at times as he under threw or over threw receivers depending on which direction the wind was. Hill was under pressure all game and was dropped five times for Miami sacks. The rapport and timing with veteran receiver Isaac Bruce continued in this game. It is obvious that Bruce represents Hill's go to guy.
Week 16 vs. STL
Passing: 18 - 34, 216 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 4 / 45 / 0
Hill had a pretty rough game, but got the team the win. He battled through three interceptions to rally the Niners to a narrow victory. He was sacked four times and the interceptions were the result of poor decisions under pressure. In the fourth quarter, it appeared that he was nearly replaced, but in the end rewarded the coach's decision to stick with him by putting his mistakes and throwing two TD passes to lead his team to an improbable comeback win. Hill was also the team's leading rusher.
Week 17 vs. WAS
Passing: 21 - 30, 245 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 4 / 8 / 1
On the 49ers' first drive Hill ran the offense efficiently, completing all of his passes and then making the smart decision to abort a planned shovel pass and rush the ball in himself for a short touchdown. Even so, it was clear that San Francisco wanted to focus on the ground game and Hill's chances to succeed (or fail) were limited in the early going. Where Hill was successful in the first half was in the short to medium game as he seemed to hit his targets in those zones with regularity. Downfield was a different story, however. Early in the second quarter he made an ill-advised pass 20 yards downfield toward WR Josh Morgan who was surrounded by Washington DBs. One of them, Carlos Rogers, picked off the pass and returned it 33 yards. As the game moved to its second half --- and in particular the fourth quarter, Hill dropped back much more often and generated some solid plays, including downfield. In the 49ers' first drive of the final quarter Hill was six of seven in passing attempts, and capped it off with a nine yard TD toss to WR Jason Hill. On the 49ers' final drive of the game Hill was just as impressive as he took his team down the field with roughly a minute remaining and set up the game-winning FG. Aside from the interception, Hill had a very good game.