Garoppolo leads the 49ers to their second win of the season

05 December, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould talks to Chicago Bears head coach John Fox before an NFL football game Sunday Dec. 3 2017 in Chicago

The difference Sunday was that one team was working with a starter-level quarterback.

Fuller made the interception in the first quarter against the 49ers. And Gould scored all 15 points, including the game-winning field goal with less than 10 seconds left.

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Oh, and Robbie Gould got his ultimate revenge. Long was injured in the third quarter Sunday, and the Bears didn't complete any scoring drives after his departure. "I get butterflies before every game", admitted Garoppolo. Below is a list of reps for each player, broken down by phase of the game. Here we look at three takeaways from the win. His accuracy resulted in Marquise Goodwin.

"Just look at him".

Garoppolo's teammates rallied around him, and after the game, they showed him how impressed they were with the performance. "He's got it all together". "We had a great week of preparation, but it only means so much if you (fail to) execute on Sundays. Some people are just winners, and he's a victor".

Like their new quarterback, coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch must've felt like little kids whose dreams were coming true watching Garoppolo infuse a rebuilding organization with new hope in the form of a 26-year-old franchise quarterback. He hit from 33, 28, 35, 34 and 24 yards.

But after the Arlington Heights native and former star at Rolling Meadows High and Eastern Illinois sailed his first throw on the 49ers' first offensive play, one could hardly tell.

In six of his seven starts (all since Week 5) entering Sunday, Trubisky had thrown for fewer than 200 yards.

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"I thought it was a huge team win", 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said.

Yeah, I know that's probably not going to happen.

That would have put the Bears on the San Francisco 16-yard line. As a punt returner, it's not exactly the best idea to go backward once you have the ball in your hands. Talked to Foxy, talked to Jeff [Rodgers] and said I appreciate everything you guys did for me.

"I hold my breath and when I'm about to be upset, the receiver comes up with (the ball)", he said.

"He did a good job for his first time".

All in all, Trubisky didn't have a bad day against the Niners, finishing 12-of-15 for 102 yards with a touchdown for a passer rating of 117.2. Most of the Bears' drives ended in punts and, against what had been one of the worst statistical defenses in the league this year, Chicago gained only 147 yards.

Shanahan and Lynch have admitted they're fully prepared to use the franchise tag in 2018 on Garoppolo to the tune of approximately $23 million for one season.

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.

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