Friday, 15 December, 2017

49ers announce Jimmy Garoppolo will start Sunday vs. Bears

It's Jimmy G time: Garoppolo to make first start for 49ers Sunday 49ers to Start Jimmy Garoppolo at QB in Week 13 vs. the Chicago Bears
Spencer Simpson | 30 November, 2017, 12:29

San Francisco 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo (10) runs with the ball against Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter of their National Football League game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017.

Garoppolo, 26, will be given the opportunity to become the 49ers' face of the franchise, according to first-year coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch since being acquired in a trade with the Patriots Oct. 31.

Garoppolo, 26, was sent to San Fran for the 49ers' 2018 second-round pick in a surprise move at the trade deadline by the Patriots.

Garoppolo can only hope his first 49ers start goes as spectacular as he finished his 49ers debut Sunday, when he threw a touchdown pass as time expired, albeit in a 24-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium. In his three snaps, Garoppolo scrambled for four yards, completed an 8-yard pass to Aldrick Robinson to convert a fourth down and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy on the final play of the game.

It's Jimmy G time: Garoppolo to make first start for 49ers Sunday
49ers announce Jimmy Garoppolo will start Sunday vs. Bears

Shanahan made it clear from the start he was in no rush to shove Garoppolo into the lineup, but with each passing week, fans and pundits alike wondered what the team was waiting for. He most notably threw 42-for-59 (71.2 percent) for 496 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions in two starts during the 2016 season, posting a 119 passer rating. However, Beathard kept the job until now for the 1-10 49ers.

It's Jimmy Garoppolo time in San Francisco.

Shanahan said previously that whoever starts must get all of the practice repetitions beginning with Wednesday's session.

"To give those guys the best chance to be successful, you want to give them all the reps, which still isn't enough reps", Shanahan said Monday. The injury to Beathard makes Shanahan's decision somewhat easier.

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