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49ers podcast: Jimmy Garoppolo's future looks bright after comeback win

Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller is tackled after his interception against the 49ers Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller is tackled after his interception against the 49ers
Angelica Greene | 05 December, 2017, 02:13

The Bears are considering whether they should shut down right guard Kyle Long for the season after he left Sunday's 15-14 loss to the 49ers with a recurring left shoulder injury.

His first start for them was a promising one. That honor went to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who made his first start in a San Francisco uniform since being acquired just before the National Football League trade deadline. It was his second career game.

He accounted for all of the 49ers points on the afternoon, and put a knife through the heart of Bears' fans with his fifth field goal of the day to give San Francisco a 15-14 win.

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Yes, the optics of what unfolded Sunday at Soldier Field are just brutal for the Bears, especially for Pace.

Leading up to the game, Kyle Shanahan wondered how much of his offense Garoppolo could grasp after arriving in Santa Clara a little more than a month ago. The results were nearly entirely positive as Garoppolo finished 26-of-37 for 293 yards and engineered the game-winning drive.

Jimmy Garoppolo's 49ers debut didn't paint him as the savior of a lost franchise. The overarching takeaway from Sunday was how smooth, how comfortable he looked.

Perhaps the most important was a completion to Trent Taylor on third-and-9 as he slanted through the middle of Chicago's defense for 33 yards. "Look at him", Goodwin said after the game while gesturing to Garoppolo, who was changing clothes a few feet away. "He's got it all together. Some people are just winners, and he's a victor".

How many times did the Bears have the 49ers in 3rd-and-long only to surrender a big throw from Garoppolo because they didn't get any pressure?

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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.

Trubisky had a 117.2 passer rating, but threw only 15 passes.

"I think we had a great week of preparation. You don't know if it's going to come true or not but it's insane how things work out". Garoppolo was poised, made solid decisions, and showed off his quick release.

"He did a good job for his first time". If we remove his six intended targets - including the interception - for Louis Murphy, Garoppolo was 25-of-31 for 277 yards and a rating of 112.8.

The defense forced five punts and held the Bears to some very average numbers, including 62 rushing yards.

Trubisky may blossom into an excellent starter for the Bears, and Shanahan rated him as the best quarterback in the recent draft.

But the Niners had one of their best performances on third down all season, converting 10-of-18 for 56 percent, the second-best percentage they've had on third down this season. The small kinks can be worked out over the final four games of the season, but Garoppolo is the real deal for the S.F. organization.

Garoppolo proved he could also take a hit. You always have that dream of playing in the NFL. "It's insane how things work out".

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