Jimmy Garoppolo & 49ers Cruise to 26-16 Win in HoustonDecember 11, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory
Jimmy Garoppolo continued to impress NFL analysts and fans alike as he led the San Francisco 49ers to their second straight win this season, beating the Houston Texans 26-16 on the road. Garoppolo and the offense controlled the time of possession just like they did last week in Chicago, with the 49ers controlling the ball for 34:49 of a possible 60 minutes of game time. Garoppolo again set a career-high in passing yards with 334 yards this week, after throwing for 293 yards last week in Chicago. He also threw for one touchdown and one interception. The 49ers are now 3-10 after starting the season 1-10.
The Texans kept it close for most of the game, until Garoppolo found his tight end Garrett Celek for a 6-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes left in the 3rd quarter. That touchdown, the second for Garoppolo as a 49er, made the game 23-16 and put San Francisco in control. Garoppolo also completed a 61-yard pass to Celek earlier in the drive to set up a red zone opportunity for his offense.
After some mistakes early, the 49ers defense made some big plays down the stretch to protect the lead and secure the win. The Texans had a shot to tie the game up late in the 4th quarter, but star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins fumbled the ball after a catch and the 49ers recovered. That set up a 41-yard field goal by kicker Robbie Gould with less than two minutes left to put the 49ers up 26-16 and seal the game. The Texans also had to turn to 3rd string quarterback T.J. Yates after their backup Tom Savage was injured early in the game. Texans’ star rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson is out for the year with a torn ACL suffered earlier this season.
The 49ers got a solid effort on offense from running back Carlos Hyde, who rushed 14 times for 78 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is quickly becoming Garoppolo’s favorite target as he caught six passes for 106 yards this week after a big game last week in Chicago. Garoppolo did a good job spreading the ball around, completing at least two passes to seven different receivers. Garoppolo commented on helping the 49ers have some hope after a dismal start to the season after the win.
“I’ve only been here for a short time so I don’t know exactly what has changed and what hasn’t, but I think we have a little bit of momentum with us right now and I think we just have to keep plucking away day-by-day and just keep getting better,” Garoppolo said after the game. “That’s what it’s all about, especially this time of year. We only have three games left now so we just have to keep getting better and better and good things will happen.”
Next week will be a big week for Garoppolo, as he makes his first home start as a San Francisco 49er when the team takes on the Tennessee Titans at Levi’s Stadium. The fans will surely be pumped up to see their possible QB of the future suit up at home for the first time. Keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for more updates and news about Jimmy Garoppolo!
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