49ers vs. Bears: 4 best performances from San Francisco win
By Peter Panacy
No. 1: 49ers Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo
Look, there are going to be those who feel rookie quarterback Trey Lance needs to get starts from this point onward over Jimmy Garoppolo. And to a lot of extents, those arguments may be correct.
Lance didn’t see the field at all in Week 8, which might be a discussion in of itself.
But it isn’t as if Garoppolo opened the door for anything either.
It’s important to acknowledge whenever Garoppolo has a good game, and he certainly did against his hometown Bears, completing 60.7 percent of his passes despite drops and going 17-of-28 for 322 yards with zero interceptions and a passer rating of 100.6.
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Even more impressive, though, was how Garoppolo didn’t hesitate to use his legs for touchdowns, which is an element almost exclusively reserved for Lance.
On Garoppolo’s first rushing play, center Alex Mack delayed a snap that was supposed to be funneled to Deebo Samuel, who was cutting left but had to stop at Garoppolo’s hip. Jimmy G improvised for the touchdown anyway. Then, later in the fourth quarter, Garoppolo took a read-pass option into the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown.
It might not have looked pretty for a non-mobile quarterback. But it worked.
And San Francisco won because of Garoppolo’s play rather than in spite of it.