It's not too often any 49ers quarterback finds his name alongside Joe Montana, let alone a QB who started the season as a backup. But that's what Nick Mullens did in the 49ers' 36-9 win over the New York Giants in Week 3.
Mullens now has thrown for at least 220 yards in each of his nine career starts with the 49ers, which tied a franchise record last held by Montana in 1986. The current 49ers QB certainly knows the significance of sharing a record with the franchise icon.
"You're pretty humbled and thankful for what that says," Mullens said Wednesday on KNBR's "Murph & Mac" show. "Obviously, Joe Montana has the résumé and the legacy that he has established. But for me to even have a way to relate to him is pretty cool.
"It means a lot to me, and it's pretty cool."
Mullens completed 25 of his 36 passes for 343 yards, one touchdown and a 108.9 QB rating. He now has three 300-yard passing games under his belt, and proved again he's a viable option under center for the 49ers if Jimmy Garoppolo again is sidelined with a high ankle sprain. Mullens also improved to 4-5 as a starter.
It's unknown at this time if Mullens or Garoppolo will start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson believes the 49ers have two starting-caliber QBs, and it's clear San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan agrees.
Whoever starts at QB could have a big weapon back, too. The 49ers opened the practice window for wide receiver Deebo Samuel on Wednesday, and there's a chance he makes his season debut after sustaining a Jones fracture in the offseason. Adding Samuel would be huge for either quarterback and the offense as a whole.