Fan runs across field, reaches 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan before being escorted away

The 49ers may not have faced a rush of passes from the Texans on Sunday, but one individual was not prevented from running without touching the San Francisco head coach.

During the Week 17 game at Levi’s Stadium, a young fan took off from the field and approached Kyle Shanahan on the 49ers sideline before being escorted out by security. According to Matt Barrows of The Athletic, the team’s equipment manager stepped in to escort the spectator to safety.

Typically, fans rushing onto the field are quickly greeted by security officers and are often knocked down hard before being removed from the field of play. This fan seemed to reach Shanahan without any interference. The only guard seen in the video above was watching helplessly from the end zone.

The fan was one of the few non-49ers who could run without touching the field during San Francisco’s 23-7 victory. San Francisco quarterback Trey Lance was sacked just once and Houston had just two quarterback hits over the double-threat rookie.

Lance, who replaced starter Jimmy Garoppolo, completed 16 of 23 passes for 249 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He ran eight times for 31 yards. Garoppolo missed Sunday’s game with a thumb injury.

San Francisco fans have clamored to see more of Lance, the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, this season. Garoppolo and Lance were used in different packages during the preseason, but Lance has rarely seen the field during the regular season. He threw a 5-yard touchdown pass in Week 1 and was quick to score in Week 3 before replacing Garoppolo (calf) in Week 4.

Lance completed 9 of 18 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns, completing seven carries for 41 yards, in a loss to the Seahawks. He lost the following week to the Cardinals after hitting just 15 of 29 for 192 yards, with no touchdowns and one interceptions, while rushing 16 times for 89 yards.

For the season, Garoppolo has completed 68 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The 49ers (9-7) are about to reach the NFC playoffs.