The SF 49ers needed the good version of Jimmy Garoppolo against the LA Rams, and they mostly got it, thanks to these three plays from Week 6.
A week after Garoppolo was benched at halftime amid an ugly 43-17 drubbing by the Miami Dolphins, the Niners quarterback responded with an exceptional 23-of-33 effort for 268 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 124.3. Those three scores all came within the first half, putting San Francisco up 21-6 by halftime and all but ensuring head coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad would have enough breathing room to come away with the eventual 24-16 win over its Southern California rivals.
Needless to say, Garoppolo faced plenty of pressure entering the contest. While he was and is nursing a high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 2, his Week 5 benching after missing two weeks prompted all kinds of chatter whether or not it would be wise for the SF 49ers to move on from him sooner than later.
Well, maybe that conversation will be put to rest. At least for a while.
Garoppolo wasn’t perfect. He still had his share of bad-decision throws, including nearly tossing an interception intended for wide receiver Trent Taylor at the goal line. There were misses and overthrows, too. By in large, however, Jimmy Garoppolo played well enough to quiet the critics and suggest he’s still fully capable of being an effective quarterback under center.
Particularly when looking at these three plays, which have to go down as his best efforts from Week 6’s win over the Rams.