It was a good win for the San Francisco 49ers last week against the Chicago Bears. Jimmy Garoppolo got his first start as a 49er, and he didn’t disappoint, even in a hostile Soldier Field. Garoppolo finished 26-37, for 293 yards and one interception. His quarterback rating (QBR) was only 66.7, mostly due to the fact that the 49ers didn’t get any touchdowns and Garoppolo did throw an interception, even though the receiver, Louis Murphy, is the one that got the ball ripped out of his hands.
After a successful game for Garoppolo and the 49ers against the Bears, they turned their attention to the Houston Texans. Though Houston lost their rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson to a torn ACL and their star defensive lineman, J.J. Watt, the Texans are still a good team with Jadeveon Clowney and other playmakers on both the defensive and offensive side.
Unfortunately, for the 49ers’ defense, they had to worry about number 10, DeAndre Hopkins, who ended with 149 yards and two touchdowns. Cornerback, Dontae Johnson, had to deal with Hopkins from the start of the game, and after several breakdowns by Johnson, the 49ers decided to bench him.
On the offensive side of the ball, Jimmy Garoppolo finished 20-33, for 334 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His QBR was 67.6, which just like the Bears game, doesn’t give him justice for how well he played. Any big-time throw the 49ers needed, whether it was second and long or a big third down conversion, Garoppolo stepped up. Throughout the game, Garoppolo only made one bad decision, and it led to the interception. Garoppolo read the Texans’ linebacker to blitz, but the linebacker,in fact, dropped in coverage, tipping the ball, and ending in the hands of Kareem Jackson.
Jimmy Garoppolo certainly shows attributes of his long-time teammate, Tom Brady. His most impressive attribute is his ability to stay calm, and not panic when time is running out to have to get the ball off.
After viewing Garoppolo’s performance against the Houston Texans, the interception was a bad throw, but the ability to complete pass after pass with constant pressure from Clowney and the rest of the Texans’ defense was a sight to see. Granted, the 49ers have played the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans, and though their records aren’t good, their defenses are actually quite good, particularly the Texans. Clowney could not be stopped and kept dropping Garoppolo, but Garoppolo kept getting back up, and continued to hit his wide receivers in perfect form.
49er fans should be excited for the San Francisco 49ers, as it is no coincidence that the 49ers are 2-0 with a good, young quarterback like Jimmy Garoppolo. The defense is getting much better, particularly with the hard-hitting rookie linebacker in Reuben Foster. Expect Garoppolo to get better with more playing time, while continuing to learn and master the playbook. The 49ers are favored in Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, as the 49ers should have a lot of excitement and energy with it being Garoppolo’s first home start.
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