LISTEN: Brock Purdy's MVP Case With NBC Sports' Peter King →
placeholder image

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Golden Nugget Award: A surprising recipient from the 49ers’ loss to the Packers

Sep 27, 2021 at 9:33 PM--

Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
Despite the loss, the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback wins an award. The Week Three "Golden Nugget Award" goes to Jimmy Garoppolo. Each week, I'll present this award to a player who had an outstanding game or a player who manages to defy the odds.

The other candidates for this weekly award were fullback Kyle Juszczky for his versatility in the passing and running games, defensive end Nick Bosa for being disruptive on the line, and Azeez Al-Shaair, who did an excellent job at the linebacker position.

At the beginning of the Sunday Night Football telecast, Cris Collinsworth asked, if the game was going to get into a shootout, can Garoppolo go toe to toe with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers?

Garoppolo started slow but finished the game with 257 passing yards and two touchdowns but threw an interception when he attempted to hit tight end George Kittle deep in the second quarter. Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander came from the other side of the field and snatched the ball from his hands.

"It looked like, from the replay, he made a hell of a play," Garoppolo said after the game. "He was the backside corner on that. It's not his responsibility at all. The ball felt good coming off my hand. I didn't really get to see it. I got hit, but you know it was a nice play by that guy".

With the 49ers down 17-0, a Trenton Cannon 60-yard kickoff return put the offense at the Packers' 32-yard line where Garoppolo would begin engineering a drive that wound up at the Packers' one-yard line.

On fourth and goal with two seconds left, rookie quarterback Trey Lance would run in for the 49ers' first score of the game but they were still be down 17-7 going into halftime.

After the former North Dakota St. Bison scored, many fans on social media and broadcasters on the NBC telecast, such as Tony Dungy, were lobbying for San Francisco to let the rookie play.

Coming out of halftime, Garoppolo led the 49ers on a 13-play, 83-yard drive that ended with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Aiyuk.

Later, a Trey Sermon one-yard touchdown run cut the Packer lead to 21-24, but Garoppolo fumbled the ball, which Green Bay used to add to its lead (27-21) with 5:08 left in the fourth quarter.

"I was trying to throw it away as the guy [Kenny Clark] hit my arm, and you know, unfortunate call by the refs there for a fumble," Garoppolo said.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan believed the defender got through way too early.

"It was a play-action screen," Shanahan said. "Right when he turned around, it looked like 97 [Kenny Clark], and he tried to get rid of it and threw it backwards.

With 2:39 left in the game, the 49ers marched 75 yards in eight plays to take a 28-27 lead when Garoppolo hit Juszczyk for a 12-yard touchdown pass.

Though the Packers were able to win with a game-winning 51-yard field goal by Mason Crosby as time expired, the 49ers quarterback was seconds away from going from heel to hero of the game.

The 49ers' next game will be on October 3, as they host the Seattle Seahawks (1-2), a team coming off a loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Written by:
    Sports has been my first love since I was 12 years old. At one point I wanted to play football professionally. I started to take photography as a hobby in my teenage years but this was when I followed sports. I started to listen to sports radio, I found my true calling and it was to be a sports talk show host. Though I follow football and basketball, I started to have a new love of cultures around the world. After graduating from San Antonio College in 2018, I worked for the Castroville News Bulletin before going to A&M San Antonio to get my communications degree. Since I have written for the Ranger of San Antonio College, the News Bulletin and the Mesquite of Texas A&M San Antonio, I met many people and went to a lot of events. My major milestone was being in the press box of the San Antonio Commanders game for the Mesquite and being apart of a press conference with the Medina County Sheriff and other local news outlets. When I am not doing anything, I like to watch old cartoons on the DC Universe, play video games such as Mega Man and the Mass Effect series. I have also created Youtube channel called "Anger Management" with my friend Aaron Donnell.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.

Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

placeholder image

Arik Armstead the 49ers' nominee for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

By Site Staff
5 hrs

Today, the NFL announced the 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide. Defensive lineman Arik Armstead was the nominee for the San Francisco 49ers. This is Armstead's fourth consecutive nomination. Considered one of the NFL's most prestigious awards, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide, recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities and excellence on the field. Anquan Boldin is the only 49ers player to win the award. He did so in 2015 after his final season in San Francisco. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is the most recent award winner. As a nominee, Armstead will wear a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year helmet decal through the end

placeholder image

No Huddle Podcast: 49ers Thanksgiving Revenge And Philly Week

By Site Staff
Nov 27

(Episode 289) - Brian Renick is joined by Jason Aponte, the host of the Sprint Right Option podcast and also a Niners Nation contributor. The guys react to the Seahawks' win, the biggest takeaways on offense and defense, the NFC playoff picture, and Philly week! The audio for the show is embedded above. Don't forget to subscribe! You can listen to the latest "No Huddle Podcast" episode above, from our dedicated podcast page, on

placeholder image

49ers bring in familiar face for workout amidst roster injuries

By David Bonilla
Nov 27

The San Francisco 49ers are turning to a familiar face for a workout following injuries to two safeties, Talanoa Hufanga and George Odum. Hufanga suffered a torn ACL in Week 11, while Odum sustained a torn biceps on Thanksgiving. According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, veteran defensive back Anthony Averett will work out for the 49ers on Monday. Averett briefly joined San Francisco's roster during training camp in August but was released with an injury settlement on August 17. Veteran DB Anthony Averett is working out today for the

placeholder image

Christian McCaffrey achieves milestone last seen with the 49ers by Frank Gore

By David Bonilla
Dec 3

Christian McCaffrey rushed for 1,139 yards last season, marking his third time surpassing 1,000 yards in his NFL career. Of course, he accomplished this feat during his time with the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers. Entering Week 13, McCaffrey led the league with 939 rushing yards, requiring only 61 more to secure his fourth career season surpassing the 1,000-yard mark. He achieved this milestone in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles, becoming the first 49ers running back to reach 1,000 rushing yards since Frank Gore did so in 2014 with 1,106 rushing yards. McCaffrey was on pace for 1,451 rushing yards leading up to the game, a potential single-season career-high. Additionally, he was on track to rack up 2,052 all-purpose yards, which


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone