49ers 3rd String Stymies Bengals

Shaun Hill shines in first NFL start, leading SF to its 4th victory
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2007 5:41 AM CST
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, right, passes against the rush of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Roderick Green (54) in the first quarter of a football game Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, in San...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Cincinnati may have thought last night's game was in the bag: San Francisco sat in the dregs of the NFC, boasted one of the weakest offenses, and was starting its third-string quarterback. But Shaun Hill made the first start of his six NFL seasons count, going 21-for-28 to accumulate 197 yards and a 20-13 Niners victory, the Chronicle reports.

San Francisco burst to their first halftime lead this season, and controlled the clock for 36 minutes. Hill's confidence seemed to infect his teammates, who managed for the most part to avoid costly blunders on several big drives. Niners coach Mike Nolan has tapped Hill for the season's last two games, and Hill plans to win them—"that's for dang sure."