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C.J. Beathard ready for Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field

SANTA CLARA — Quarterback C.J. Beathard started his first game on the road as a professional almost 12 months ago when the 49ers visited arguably the most hostile environment in the NFL — Lincoln Financial Field — to face the Philadelphia Eagles.

Beathard came away battered and bruised, as the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles intercepted him twice and sacked him four times in a 33-10 drubbing of the 49ers before nearly 70,000 fans.

Now a veteran of all of two NFL road starts, Beathard can expect the same type of raucous atmosphere when the 49ers (1-4) visit Lambeau Field on Monday to face the equally desperate Green Bay Packers (2-2-1).

“It’s definitely something to look forward to and a great opportunity for us,” Beathard said Thursday. “A Monday night game in Lambeau, historic stadium. We’re playing a great team. It’s everything you ask for.

“We’ve just got to go in and handle the noise, handle the crowd and go out and execute and try to take care of the ball and just do the little things right. I think if we do that and play well and our defense plays well, special teams, we can give ourselves a good chance.”

A lot will depend on Beathard, who is 0-4 in road games in which he’s played significant time, completing 54.1 percent (59 for 109) of his passes for an average of 142 yards per game.

In his only other start on the road this season, on Sept. 30 in Los Angeles against the Chargers, Beathard completed 23 of 37 passes for 298 yards. He had two touchdown passes to go with two interceptions in San Francisco’s 29-27 loss.

Last week at Levi’s Stadium against Arizona, though, Beathard was intercepted twice and lost two fumbles. A strip sack in the fourth quarter was particularly costly, as Josh Bynes recovered a fumble and ran 23 yards for a touchdown, giving Arizona a nine-point Cardinals lead with 4:33 to go. The 49ers lost 28-18.

Asked Monday if he felt Beathard has improved his pocket awareness both since last year and over the last two weeks, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said, “Yeah, I have. Definitely. I know (Sunday) wasn’t a great day in that area. I think it was a lot easier for everyone to see versus Los Angeles.

“I thought yesterday we got caught on the pocket a number of times. That didn’t all have to do with C.J. There’s times that it did. There’s times that they had some blitzes where he had to get rid of it. There’s times where we didn’t get open very well. By no means was C.J. perfect, but it was not all his responsibility.”

While turnovers and protection remain huge issues for the 49ers’ offense, there is one difference between that Oct. 29, 2017 loss in Philadelphia — which was San Francisco’s eighth straight to start the year — and Monday’s prime time affair in Wisconsin: a playoff spot is still not completely out of the question.

49ers’ quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles’ Brandon Graham, back, during the first half of their game on Oct. 29 of last year in Philadelphia,. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) 

While the NFC West title is probably out of reach with the Los Angeles Rams off to a 5-0 start, a wild card spot might still be available.

Beyond the division leadersm 3-1 Carolina and 3-2 Philadelphia, six NFC teams, including the Packers, have two wins and the 49ers are among four one-win teams.

“I think we’ve played in two games now without Jimmy (Garoppolo) and I think we have been more than capable of (beating the Chargers and Cardinals) and we haven’t gotten it done,” Shanahan said Monday.

“So, you try to look at that and you just try to say to the players, ‘Why did we lose those games? What did we do good and what did we do bad?’ I think there’s lots of answers in there of what we could have done better to win. That’s really all you can focus on.”

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