No. 3: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo
Let’s get straight to Jimmy G’s efficient day passing the football. Garoppolo looked to be in command from the first offensive series, in which he capped off with a 38-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. He had another first-quarter touchdown pass to running back Raheem Mostert on a perfectly designed screen play.
Garoppolo still wasn’t done, adding a 3-yard toss to Deebo Samuel on their first drive of the second half.
Before this game, Garoppolo skeptics were putting the quarterback on the hot seat and calling for backup Nick Mullens to possibly step in. Jimmy G put those thoughts to rest after shredding the Cincinnati defense for a final stat line of 17-of-25, 297 passing yards and three touchdowns against one interception.
Garoppolo looked completely comfortable and mobile in the pocket for the first time playing on his surgically repaired knee, too.
Granted the play calling and execution were both near perfect in this game. Still, the 49ers have to be optimistic about Garoppolo’s performance giving them confidence that he is able to lead them as a true franchise quarterback moving forward.
Garoppolo improves to 10-2 as a starting quarterback in the NFL after the win.