3 reasons why 49ers defeated Rams in crucial Week 18 game

Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 3: 49ers win because of Jimmy Garoppolo’s grit and moxie

Jimmy Garoppolo started the game playing poorly and looking like the thumb injury was going to impede his ability to throw with accuracy and touch.

It didn’t help that the Rams defense was playing staunch defense, clogging running lanes and forcing San Francisco to pass.

However, the Rams didn’t allow the team much time too much as they dominated the time of possession early on.

Luckily, Garoppolo started to settle down after throwing poorly and tossing an interception, and it came on that last drive right before the half. Something clicked for Garoppolo, and he captured the rhythm he needed.

From that point on, Garoppolo proved to the world that he is a gritty, tough, smart quarterback with the ability to win games.

The fact that he was able to do so with his thumb injury and with the fan base clamoring for the rookie Trey Lance to start is immensely admirable. It is clear Jimmy G is a leader in the locker room and inspires great play when he plays this way on the field. The team was certainly feeding off of his determination and confidence.

This play to wide receiver Deebo Samuel alone displays Garoppolo’s ability to make the best out of every play:


Garoppolo ended the game going 23-of-32 passing for 316 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.