4 things we learned from 49ers mistake-filled loss to Seahawks

Eli Mitchell #25 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 2: Jimmy Garoppolo is who he is

With Deebo Samuel out, Jimmy Garoppolo needed to have one of those signature games and go well beyond his typical ask from the 49ers as of late: being a game manager.

The stats may suggest Jimmy G’s efforts were good enough to win, as he went 20-of-30 for 299 yards with two touchdowns against two interceptions for a passer rating of 93.6.

But let’s highlight those two interceptions, one picked off by linebacker Bobby Wagner on a play where it looked as if Garoppolo was literally trying to throw it Wagner’s way, and then again when Garoppolo was picked off by Seahawks defensive back Quandre Diggs.

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The Niners have been winning games when Garoppolo was cutting down on turnovers, which also helped influence the massive time-of-possession wins they’d had in the previous three weeks, also hoping to take advantage of Seattle’s woes in this particular area.

Yet the Seahawks managed to score 10 points off those turnovers from Garoppolo, and they also won the time-of-possession battle, too, outpossessing San Francisco 33:12 to 26:48.

Meanwhile, the turnover-prone Garoppolo is now up to eight interceptions on the year.