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How did Jimmy Garoppolo fare in 1st start with 49ers?

How did Jimmy Garoppolo fare in 1st start with 49ers?

Finally, the 49ers were 10 of 18 third-down conversions, illustrating his ability to move the chains in important situations. "We got to still continue working to get better, not just him but the whole offense", Kyle Shanahan told reporters afterwards. Sunday, however, was the first time he'd been to the stadium.

The 36 plays the 49ers defended - 37, including a play nullified by penalty - were the fewest snaps against the 49ers since October 20, 1991, when the Detroit Lions ran 35 plays against the 49ers.

Placekicker Robbie Gould made all five of FG attempts, although none was longer than 35 yards-which emphasizes how close the 49ers were to blowing out the Bears here.

His biggest pass was on a 33-yard catch and run by Taylor. Fox essentially handed the 49ers the win.

As for Garoppolo's play, he failed to throw a touchdown pass but completed 26 of 37 passes for 293 yards, which was strong.

In the final six minutes with his team trailing 14-12, Garoppolo engineered a 14-play, 86-yard scoring drive.

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"Jimmy made a bunch of plays on that drive", Shanahan said. According to ESPN's Jim Trotter, players cheered for Garoppolo as he boarded the team bus and receiver Marquise Goodwin gave up his front-row seat for the quarterback.

Here's a weird thought - the San Francisco 49ers are winners of two of their last three games.

Trubisky's deepest pass was an 11-yard throw that gained 13 yards and he had no other passes that traveled 10 or more yards after that.

Garoppolo, having faced virtually no pressure from the Bears all afternoon, dropped back and calmly waited for Taylor, who was battling a case of the flu early Sunday morning, to separate on a slant pattern.

In that way San Francisco's victory seemed to vindicate the 49ers' decision to trade for a veteran like Garoppolo instead of drafting a top quarterback in April and waiting for him to develop. He's slated for free agency after the season and San Francisco's brass has already said it will be willing to give Garoppolo the franchise tag to keep him off the open market. The deal could wind up being a steal or a burden for San Francisco; the Pats' rumored asking price for the potential franchise passer was set at two first-round picks. You have to go back to November 19, 2012 to find a better defensive effort from San Francisco. Now that the team is officially eliminated from playoff contention, it could make sense for him to have his shoulder repaired soon in order to be ready when 2018 training camp rolls around.

Gould is now 36-of-38 on field goals since leaving the Bears and he specifically mentioned that "it's pretty special to be playing for a guy like Coach (Richard) Hightower", who was the Bears' assistant special teams coordinator in 2016 and is now the 49ers special teams coordinator.


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