Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo toughs it out to win OT thriller against the Rams

Chris Beno
Jan 10, 2022 at 1:00 PM--

The San Francisco 49ers' decision to play quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday against the rival Los Angeles Rams was heavily scrutinized from the start. And rightfully so. Garoppolo suffered a torn ligament in the thumb of his throwing hand during the Week 16 game against the Tennessee Titans. That injury will require surgery this offseason.

However, head coach Kyle Shanahan felt confident with putting Garoppolo out there Sunday in a must-win matchup to make the playoffs. The uncertainty of that decision left many fans on edge leading up to and during the game at SoFi Stadium.

When the 49ers fell behind by 17 points in the first half of the game, it appeared that head coach Kyle Shanahan's decision was going to be the nail in the coffin for their season, as well as Garoppolo's time with the 49ers. San Francisco will likely trade or release Garoppolo this off-season after the team sold the farm to draft Trey Lance last April.

Garoppolo looked shaky in the first half on Sunday with several missed throws, including an interception by Rams safety Taylor Rapp. Granted, the ball was underthrown after Garoppolo was hit as he was releasing it.

Garoppolo also appeared to be protecting his hand at the mesh point on handoffs for most of the game, which painted the perfect picture of the inevitable fumble that would surely take place at some point. Luckily, it never did.

The 49ers came out swinging in the second half and quickly established the run, which had been lacking in the first half. Elijah Mitchell finished the game with 21 carries for 85 yards.

The Rams were 45-0 when going into the half with the lead. In fact, according to the NFL's Next Gen Stats, when the 49ers punted the ball late in the 4th quarter, the 49ers had the lowest win probability of any team to eventually win the game since Next Gen Stats was established in 2016.

This game was the tale of two halves, as Garoppolo showed us every level of what he brings to the table. Garoppolo had questionable misses, including multiple turnovers like this interception thrown into triple coverage.

But in the midst of some of those misses, Garoppolo also made some big-boy throws and stepped up when it mattered most.

This game as a whole was a microcosm of what Jimmy Garoppolo has always been: good when it matters. He is the only guy who can start a fire, put it out, and then be praised for how he battled back. No one can question his toughness, but questioning why the fire started in the first place is justified.

Garoppolo finished the game 23 of 32 for 316 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, relying heavily on his playmakers to help him out.

Garoppolo overcame a lot on Sunday. He stepped in with uncertainty surrounding his offensive line, uncertainty for how his injury would affect him through four quarters of football, and he risked his long-term health playing with that injury.

Make no mistake, Garoppolo wants to play, and he wants to win.

Garoppolo didn't do much to help the team early on, but he fought through it and overcame the odds. Fans should feel confident going forward in the playoffs that they have a quarterback who will fight through adversity until the very end.
  • Chris Beno
  • Written by:
    Coming from Elk Grove, California I grew up a Bay Area sports fan. I've been cheering for the 49ers for as long as I can remember. In 2005 I joined the Army when I was 18 and got stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. I just kind of hung around here. I've always enjoyed writing and have typically focused on writing music. I am truly blessed to get to cover the 49ers, and have my articles published on the 49ers Webzone. I didn't realize it was something I wanted to pursue as a career, but am now focused on doing just that. I appreciate all of the Faithful that take the time to read the articles people put out there.
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.


  • No Comments

Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

Breer: Jimmy Garoppolo's 49ers fate dependent on Trey Lance's offseason development

By David Bonilla
May 15

Jimmy Garoppolo has remained on the San Francisco 49ers roster far longer than anyone expected or predicted. The Niners have tried to trade the veteran, clearing the way for second-year quarterback Trey Lance. However, offseason shoulder surgery halted trade discussions, and the 49ers, for now, appear stuck with Garoppolo and his hefty salary. The 49ers have maintained that they are comfortable holding onto Garoppolo if they cannot strike a deal to their liking. Everyone realizes, though, that Plan A is to trade the quarterback for something worthwhile rather than letting him fulfill his contract on the team and leave as a free agent in 2023. Releasing Garoppolo would also net them nothing, aside from salary cap space. Holding onto Garoppolo might happen. Most of

Ross Tucker believes 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo to Panthers remains a possibility

By David Bonilla
May 16

Former NFL offensive lineman turned sports broadcaster and analyst Ross Tucker doesn't "believe for a second" that the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks will enter Week 1 of the 2022 season with one of their current quarterbacks as the starter. Instead, he feels both teams will make a move to prevent that from happening. I don't believe for a second that the Panthers & Seahawks are going into Week 1 with their current QBs on the roster.— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) May 16,

Should QB Jimmy Garoppolo play another snap for the 49ers?

By Rohan Chakravarthi
May 17

The 2022 NFL Draft has come and gone, but San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo remains on the roster as he rehabs from a shoulder injury that required surgery in early March. For the past year, it has seemed apparent that the organization would move on from its veteran quarterback, as the 49ers were involved in talks with a number of free-agent quarterbacks last offseason, most notably Andy Dalton, and were also in the Matthew Stafford sweepstakes before the Rams ultimately traded for the longtime Lion. Eventually, the 49ers moved forward with a pre-draft trade, moving three first-rounders and a third-rounder in exchange for the third overall selection, which the team ultimately used on Trey Lance, who started two games in 2021. Garoppolo

49ers keeping Jimmy Garoppolo while starting Trey Lance wouldn't surprise Peter King

By David Bonilla
May 17

Will the San Francisco 49ers be able to offload quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to another team? They've certainly expressed a desire to do so. However, Garoppolo remains on the roster after undergoing shoulder surgery on March 8, which sent his stock tumbling. No one seems eager to trade for an injured quarterback who can't throw until late next month, at the earliest. The 49ers have repeatedly stated they are willing to hold onto Garoppolo and his hefty salary if they can't trade him. They aren't going to give him away for free by releasing him. That might mean a team like the division rival Seattle Seahawks scooping him up. Garoppolo is undoubtedly an upgrade over anyone currently in place for the spiraling Seahawks. San Francisco is unlikely to do their NFC West nemesis any


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone