San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)


It wasn’t news that the 49ers beat the Giants Sunday. It would have been news if they lost. But this played out exactly to script.

Only three games into the season, it is pretty clear who the Giants are – a poor team with problems. They committed bonehead penalties, blew pass coverages, and when things went south in the second half, showed quite a bit of quit.

Good teams, which the 49ers are trying to prove they are, take down teams like that and sit on them for 60 minutes. And they did.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan didn’t even bother with the old on-any-given-Sunday routine.

“We kind of expected this,” he said afterward, offering a brief peek at the old Kyle Smug-ahan, who annoyed NFL types when he was young and brash.

But Shanahan has been trying to tell us something ever since the season started and maybe it is finally coming into focus.

It began back after the Jets game when Nick Bosa suffered a season-ending ACL tear, a disaster that sent the Faithful into conniption fits. Shanahan wasn’t happy about it, obviously, but he made a point to say “that’s football.” You lose individual players.

And last Sunday, when Nick Mullens subbed for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo, and rang up video game

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