5-0 Jimmy Garoppolo leads 49ers to season-ending win over Rams

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The 49ers’ season didn’t start well. But my, oh my, what a finish.

Jimmy Garoppolo was traded in the middle of the season, became the 49ers’ starter after a miserable 1-10 start, and turned the 49ers into one of the best teams in the league down the stretch. Today’s win over the Rams makes the 49ers a perfect 5-0 with Garoppolo as their starting quarterback.

The game didn’t matter to the Rams, who rested many of their best players in preparation for the playoffs next week. But it absolutely mattered to the 49ers, who have played hard down the stretch and proven that they’re a very different team with Garoppolo as their starting quarterback.

The big question now for the 49ers will be whether they can get Garoppolo signed to a long-term contract this offseason, and whether they can put a playoff-caliber team around him. San Francisco has plenty of cap space, so there’s every reason to believe they should be a better team in 2018 than in 2017.

This year the Rams are the class of the NFC West. Next year, the Garoppolo-led 49ers will have something to say about it.

50 responses to “5-0 Jimmy Garoppolo leads 49ers to season-ending win over Rams

  1. I’ve been telling people this guy is the real deal. When Brady was suspended he came in and looked just as good, if not better than Brady did in the system. I know it was one game but he looked impressive and very sharp. For a second round pick, Lynch fleeced the Patriots. Lynch has done a great job so far with the 49ers, a team that was a laughing stock.

  2. 49ers beat the 2nd string Rams. And I think JG threw two INTs including a pick six. Stop anointing people. My money is still on the Rams in 2018.

  3. Garoppolo, ruling the NFC West. He looks far better than the Rams QB, and he doesn’t have half the weapons the Rams have. NE will regret letting Garoppolo go!

  4. Look, I’m a Pats fan and have always liked him. I’m glad he’s doing well with the Niners. With that said, I think we need to wait and see him play a full season of football before we label him the second coming and claim the Patriots made a mistake trading him. The Niners’ season is done and they’ve got nothing to play for. And Jimmy’s been healthy all season from riding the bench. So of course he played well in these last few games. Let’s wait and see what he does under pressure while fighting for a playoff spot next year.

  5. The hole we dug earlier (0-9) too big to overcome. When you have five straight losses by a total of 13 points, what’re ya gonna do.Otherwise this is a playoff team with JG. See you September 2018.

  6. MVP!!!…. Seriously!!!!! 1-10 to 5-0.
    I believe if SF and Sea had stuck with Alex Smith and Matt Flynn they would have won at least 4 SB’s between them this decade.

  7. Love all the hyperbole regarding the ‘Niners. This was a bye week for many of the Rams players-including their starting QB. Let’s wait until next season before crowning them already.

  8. There should be a boatload of happy Niners’ fans 🙂 It does appear they have found their franchise q/b…I say congrats, from a very disgruntled Cowboys’ fan…..

  9. Pats should have traded Brady. In your heart and head, you know it.

    Belichick wanted to do it and Kraft stopped him. Giving him away for a second is his passive-aggressive slap back at his owner.

  10. When NE traded Jimmy Garoppolo to SF I thought “What idiots!” Garoppolo has been a great backup to Tom Brady and did well in preseason and while Brady was suspended. In retrospect, it was probably a good idea for NE to dump Jimmy G. with Tom Terrific looking like he will play forever (he won’t of course) and with the Pats obviously not thinking ahead to life without Brady.

    It has certainly been good for Jimmy who is 5-0 with the ‘Niners after today!! I didn’t realize how truly bad the 49ers have been: to quote a recent PFT article: “Over the last two seasons, the 49ers are 4-0 with Garoppolo as their starting quarterback and 3-24 with anyone … else.” It’s hard to believe how far SF has fallen since Kaepernick took the QB job away from Alex Smith and took them to the SB. It’s also hard to believe how far Kaepernick fell after his first two years.

    And so I say “Go Jimmy!” It’s of course too early to call after only 5 games, but I think Jimmy G has a good chance to be one of the greats.

  11. I’ve tried saying this for months.
    As someone who knows someone:
    Belichick tried to keep him and get rid of brady after this year.
    Kraft said no.
    Belichick said fine and got a good deal.
    Now people are pretending it’s Bills fault. This was circulating on twitter also which people ‘discounted’
    And as all you pats fans ‘discount’ that even after a 6th Brady had a better chance getting a 7th than JG did getting his first.

    Real what you sow PFT commenters

  12. He’s doing even better than I expected. The Patriots made a decision that you don’t sit or trade the best QB of all time, and I can respect that decision. I really thought Bill might go the other way.

  13. ‘I’ve been telling people this guy is the real deal’ Lol, when was that? A fan of the sinking ship in Seattle. Another team the Patriots wrecked. 49ers have picks and cap money. What skill position player is not wanna go to SF as a FA?

  14. Brady thinks he’s going to play until he’s 45 but that ain’t gonna happen. The Patriots screwed up trading Jimmy G. He’s the real deal. If SF can’t sign him, you watch the money that’s thrown Garappolo’s way in free agency. I watched him during his college years here in Illinois and I’ve always been impressed with him. Belichick screwed this one up!

  15. Lost in Jimmymania is the rookie class. Colbert, Foster, Kittle look like future all pros. Taylor, Thomas, Witherspoon look like multiyear starters. UDFAs Breida and Bourne looked great once Jimmy stepped in. Beathard got five starts at QB and might be a quality backup. Magnuson and Jones looked competent when forced in. That’s 10-11 quality guys on rookie contracts. This is going to be a really deep team in 2018-19-20.

  16. The wins against Chicago, Houston, and a backup Rams team were not at all impressive. The two home wins against Jacksonville and (to a lesser extent) Tennessee were quality wins, although Robbie Gould going a combined 7/7 in those games always helps. Either way if you’re a Niners fan things are looking up.

  17. Lol…Life long Rams fan and I didn’t recognize half the names on defense. That wasn’t second string. That was preseason game number one. Good luck Niners. Hope you can provide some competition.

  18. Good for Jimmy G! As a Pats fan, I’m happy for him and happy for Lynch and his 49ers.

    That said, Garoppolo playing at a high level is not an indictment of Bill Belichick or the Patriots ending up on the wrong end of the trade. Given his contract situation, the ONLY way he could’ve stayed in New England next year would have been the franchise tag (which would have screwed the rest of the roster). So Belichick was forced to make a choice– Brady or Garoppolo. He chose Brady. He waited it out as long as he could, and although he probably could have gotten more in return than just a 2nd rounder, we still need to see what they do with that pick.

    Furthermore, what happens if Josh McDaniels finally takes another HC gig and is able to outbid the 49ers?

    It’s still waaaayyyyy too early for us “experts” to be judging who “won” this trade, let alone what type of QB Garoppolo will turn out to be long term.

  19. Love some Jimmy G. Interested to hear what all these fans with the ‘good trade, Belichick’ hot takes think he should actually have done?

    Dude was out of contract at the end of the s son and wasn’t signing another one to play back up. Sure they could have got a first rounder but better to have him in the NFC and draft one round later!

  20. I’m not sure that Belichick screwed anything up. What choice did he have, other than trading Brady? Jimmy G made it clear that he wanted to play. Were the Pats going to franchise him, to keep a high paid, but unhappy Jimmy G? If they blew anything, it was that they didn’t pull the trigger on a deal before the season. But that’s 20-20 hindsight, as Brady had a MVP-worthy season.
    This was simple reality. And BB actually did Jimmy a favor, as well as the 49ers. The 49er’s projected snd round pick looked a LOT better before Jimmy G’s 5-0 run, though.

    Sounds like he’s happy in SF, and that a very lucrative long term deal should be coming. The guy is clearly a franchise QB. Might be time to stop any of the “system QB” talk. At the least, the 49ers will franchise him this season, and next. The talk of him coming back to the Pats to replace Brady when the time is right, in maybe a year or two, is foolish. Not happening.

    I have no doubts that BB would loved to have kept him, and to rebuild around him. I also assume that he has enormous respect for Brady, even at 40+. Deciding factor was like Robert and Jonathan Kraft. With them, Brady is in the seat as long as he wants to be.

    Going to be painful to see Jimmy G’s continued growth, and likely stardom coincide with Brady’s aging and decline. Has to happen at some point. Jimmy G was the Pat’s future, until Brady announced that he would play to at least age 45.

    Can’t afford both. Can’t play both. My hunch is that it was “not fun” between the Krafts and BB on this one.

  21. The Niners better sign Jimmy. There is no great QB coming out of the college ranks and the free market is no better. Time to let Eddie D buy back the niners and return them to the glory the team deserves.

  22. 49ersfury says:
    December 31, 2017 at 8:24 pm
    Ended the season winning 6 out of the last 7…Hottest team in football.
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    Keep dreaming, it’s New Year’s Eve.

  23. .
    Poor, poor Belichick…. After having Jimmy G around for over 3 years, he had no idea that he could play QB. Hence the 49ers Super GM was able to fleece the hapless tool from New England.
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  24. And Jimmy’s been healthy all season from riding the bench. So of course he played well in these last few games.
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    Beathard came in fresh too and didn’t do nearly as well. Jimmy had a lot more success with the same team.

  25. SteveQuinn19 says:
    December 31, 2017 at 8:24 pm
    Brady thinks he’s going to play until he’s 45 but that ain’t gonna happen. The Patriots screwed up trading Jimmy G. He’s the real deal. If SF can’t sign him, you watch the money that’s thrown Garappolo’s way in free agency. I watched him during his college years here in Illinois and I’ve always been impressed with him. Belichick screwed this one up!

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    The 49ers don’t even have to give other teams a chance. They can slap the exclusive franchise tag on him, which means he’d be a 49er, period.

  26. 5-0 is impressive enough, but 3 straight wins over teams that are going to the playoffs is even more impressive. In comparison, the Ravens were 0-5 against playoff teams this season, losing to Tennessee, Jacksonville and Minnesota and twice to Pittsburgh.

  27. “mnvikes1961 says:
    Love all the hyperbole regarding the ‘Niners. This was a bye week for many of the Rams players-including their starting QB. Let’s wait until next season before crowning them already.”

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    This coming from a Vikings fan … a fan base that has already crowned themselves.

    9’ers have always been my 2nd favorite team, it would be nice to see them turn it around but it’s wayyyyy too early for that talk. If nothing else, the Garoppolo story is a nice story. A story that shows more than ever that the NFL is a QB driven league. Once again though, way too early … Defensive Coordinators in the NFL will have film on the guy within that system next year.

  28. They just finished the season on a five game winning streak, three of which were against playoff teams. They are under next years cap by $100 million, have the most complete/exciting young QB and a low first round pick. Fans of Rams and other haters know that next year the 49ers will be winning the west and more.

  29. The kid looks pretty good, however the Rams played the entire 2nd string on offense and mostly backups on defense. The Rams’ corner who picked Jimmy off twice is 3rd string. Rams have ton of cap space also. I can appreciate the optimism, but Kaepernick was supposed to be the next hall of fame QB also. We’ll see.

  30. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    December 31, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    It’s looking more and more like Belichick traded the wrong QB. SMDH.

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    Jimmy G was too expensive to keep and Brady is without question the surer thing, both in big game production and durability.

    Don’t you get bored posting the same thing on every Jimmy G article? What happened to the “system” QB talk? Do you just enjoy posting the same incorrect thing over and over until its obviously not true then find some other Patriot-related thing to gripe about?

  31. 6ball says:

    December 31, 2017 at 9:13 pm

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    Poor, poor Belichick…. After having Jimmy G around for over 3 years, he had no idea that he could play QB. Hence the 49ers Super GM was able to fleece the hapless tool from New England.

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    Yea cuz if there’s one thing Belichick does, is keep players around for 3 years he doesn’t like.

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