Jimmy Garoppolo Leads 49ers to 15-14 Win in ChicagoDecember 3, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory
Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers went into Chicago this weekend wanting to show they were a new-look team with their new starting quarterback. In a back-and-forth battle, Garoppolo showed that he could lead a 49ers team that only had one win prior to Sunday’s game. Although the 49ers offense didn’t find the end zone at all during the game, they came away with a 15-14 win over the Chicago Bears led by Garoppolo’s ability to move the ball downfield through the air. It’s a huge win for the 49ers, made a bit sweeter by the fact that a lot of Garoppolo’s family and friends were in the stands to watch the Chicagoland native lead his new team to victory.
The 49ers offense looked to be more efficient than it had been all year with Garoppolo leading the way in the passing game. The 49ers dominated time of possession all game long with Garoppolo leading long offensive drives that ended in field goals. The 49ers ended up leading time of possession 38:47 to 21:13. Garoppolo put up a career high in yards thrown, finishing 26-37 for 293 yards and an interception. It’s worth noting that the interception was not at all Garoppolo’s fault. He actually completed a pass to wide receiver Louis Murphy, but Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller made a great play to take the ball right out of Murphy’s hands after he made the catch. It was recorded as an interception. Garoppolo helped the 49ers young wide receivers put up big numbers on the way to the win. Rookie Trent Taylor had six catches for 92 yards, and made four crucial catches on third down plays that kept those drives alive and led to three field goals. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin had 99 yards on a career-high eight catches.
All of the 49ers points were scored on field goals by kicker Robbie Gould, who was released by the Bears in 2016. Gould made field goals of 33, 28, 35, 34, and 24 yards respectively. The 49ers started their final drive of the game on their own eight yard line with about five minutes remaining in the game. Garoppolo, along with some strong running from running back Carlos Hyde, led the team all the way down to the Bears six-yard line to set up the game-winning field goal with only eight seconds remaining. Garoppolo made a key 33-yard throw to Taylor right before the two-minute warning to get the ball into the red zone and set the 49ers up for the win. Overall, it was a great performance by Garoppolo and the 49ers, who are now 2-10 on the season. The 49ers defense limited the Bears to just 147 total yards on offense, which was a big factor in the victory as well.
The 49ers will travel to Houston next week to take on the Texans. Although the Texans defense has suffered some injuries this year to key players like J.J. Watt, it will still be a tough test for Garoppolo and the 49ers offense. What is different now is that this 49ers team has shown that they can move the ball with some confidence through the air. The future is looking a lot brighter in San Francisco for this team, and a huge part of it is the play of Garoppolo.
“I tried to say all week it was just a normal game, but obviously I’ve never come back to Chicago like this, so it was pretty exciting for me,” Garoppolo said after the game. “It was one of the more fun games I’ve been a part of.”
Garoppolo’s star continues to rise as he is finally able to be the sole quarterback and leader of an NFL team. Keep checking here for more updates on the quarterback and the 49ers.