The 49ers' wild touchdown in the second quarter had everyone confused, including quarterback Trey Lance.
After San Francisco's 34-7 preseason opener loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium, the 49ers QB shared what was going through his mind as he saw the play develop.
"It was a 'yes, yes, yes, no, yes'-more situation," Lance told reporters after the game. "Yeah, [Ross] Dwelley ended up making a great play, the defense made a great play -- I didn't think he would be able to get to it.
"But yeah, guys made plays and it ended up working out."
The 49ers' lone touchdown certainly was an odd one.
With 8:37 remaining in the second quarter, Lance threw a pass to wide receiver Chris Conley, who was waiting at the back of the endzone. However, Raiders cornerback Duke Shelley deflected the ball and somehow it landed in the arms of a diving Dwelley.
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That would be the 49ers' only score of the game, as the Raiders' defense shut them down the rest of the way.
Although Lance was playing in his first game since breaking his ankle in Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season, the 23-year-old was critical of his performance, acknowledging he needs to throw the ball faster if San Francisco is to succeed once the regular season formally begins.
“I got to be better,” Lance said to reporters after the loss. “It’s not on those guys. They did a great job, and they’re competing their butts off. So we’ll continue to work together.”
In all, Lance completed 10 of 15 passes for 112 yards with one touchdown in the first half.
With Brock Purdy -- the expected starter -- inactive for Sunday's game, fans have to be encouraged by Lance's eagerness to learn and improve.
Even still, it's better to be lucky than good sometimes, as evidenced by the strange touchdown.