Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

‘I just don’t want this to end anytime soon’: Jimmy Garoppolo’s final chapter with 49ers isn’t over yet

Jan 10, 2022 at 7:50 AM--

Earlier this season, Jimmy Garoppolo didn't want to close the door on a possible return to the San Francisco 49ers in 2022. Most believe the team will unload the veteran quarterback and his hefty salary and transition to the No. 3 overall pick in last year's draft, Trey Lance.

"Honestly, with the possibilities, I try not to close any doors too early," Garoppolo said in November. "It's one of those situations, you've just got to let it play out, I think. We've got a lot going on with the season and everything right now. If you start thinking about those other things, you just get distracted, I think. But when we cross that bridge, we'll assess everything then."

Garoppolo could see that bridge on Sunday as he prepared for what was likely his final regular-season game with his 49ers teammates. That's when fullback Kyle Juszczyk approached him.

"And we hugged," Garoppolo told Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, "and he was like, 'Man, I don't want to get emotional or anything, but this is our last regular-season game together.' It was a pretty cool moment, and from that point on, I really was like, 'This could be it.'"

It could have been his final game in red and gold, but the last chapter in that story extends following a thrilling 27-24 overtime win against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. As a result, the 49ers clinched a playoff berth and will face the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild-Card round on Sunday.

What makes the regular-season finale win even more impressive is Garoppolo toughing it out to be a big part of the storyline. The quarterback wasn't anything close to perfect, but in the end, he helped his Niners get past the Rams and punch their playoff ticket. And he did so with a torn ligament and chipped bone in his right thumb, admitting after the game that throwing still hurt—a lot.

"It was definitely tested," Garoppolo told FOX Sports' Tom Rinaldi. "It's football. I don't know what to say. It [expletive] hurt. Sorry, but it is what it is. We got the win, and that's all that matters."

Garoppolo finished the game 23-of-32 for 316 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Again, it was not perfect, but given what he was going through, it was a gutsy outing by the quarterback.

"It's those big moments that you live for as a quarterback," Garoppolo told Breer. "You want to be the guy with the ball at the end. When you get that opportunity, just, I don't know. You bring up the emotional stuff, man. It's tough. It really is.

"I love these guys. I love these players. We've been through a lot together, and there's just some guys in that huddle that you look into their eyes and it means a lot to them, it means a lot to me, and just the whole team together, it's a great group and I just don't want this to end anytime soon."

Maybe there are a few more moments in the coming week. In a wide-open NFC playoff bracket, anything is possible.

Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

Fowler: 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's shoulder recovery remains on schedule

By David Bonilla
Jun 25

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have said they expect their veteran quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, to be healthy enough to begin throwing again in early July. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, that timeline remains intact. San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo remains on schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery and timetable for throwing, per source. The expectation has been Garoppolo will throw over next few weeks (early July, per Kyle Shanahan) and that plan is still in place.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN)

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo hoping for a 'quick resolution' once healthy, per report

By David Bonilla
Jun 26

There has been some chatter that the San Francisco 49ers might be willing to hold onto Jimmy Garoppolo if they can't find a trade partner for the veteran quarterback or if an interested team tries to lowball the Niners. San Francisco had hoped to trade Garoppolo in March. The quarterback undergoing shoulder surgery halted all trade talks. Then the number of quarterback-needy teams greatly diminished. 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have repeatedly indicated that they expect Garoppolo to be healthy enough to throw again by early July. We're almost to that point. On Saturday, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that Garoppolo's

Julian Edelman criticizes 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's mentality, toughness

By David Bonilla
Jun 27

Last year, retired tight end Martellus Bennett had some harsh words about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The two were teammates for only one season in New England, but it was enough time for Bennett to form an opinion of the then-Patriots quarterback. "Bro, we lost two games [in 2016]," Bennett said on a podcast. "One of them was because Jimmy Garoppolo was being a b---h. He decided not to play right before the game. Jacoby [Brissett] came out and played with a f---ed up thumb and played his heart out, but Jimmy was just being a b---h about it all." Bennett continued by saying you can't win with a

Realistic trade candidates for 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo following surgery

By Rohan Chakravarthi
Jun 28

The latest news on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was revealed earlier this week, as ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that Jimmy Garoppolo is on schedule with his recovery from a surgically-repaired shoulder and is expected to throw soon, while NFL Network's Mike Giardi added that the quarterback hopes for a "quick resolution after proving to teams that he's fully healthy. With the quarterback market essentially settled, and a resolution seeming imminent, be it a trade or a release, what teams are currently realistic trade


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone