Jimmy Garoppolo’s mid-game pep talk apparently worked

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Their defense was making it easy for them, but the 49ers took a moment to catch up.

And it might have been some words from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo that got their attention.

They were fortunate enough to be gifted a short field for their first touchdown, but then punted on three of their next four possessions, scratching up a field goal on the other.

“I think my favorite thing in the game was — I think it was after our third drive, we scored right away then had two three-and-outs that weren’t very good,” tight end George Kittle said, via Josh Schrock of NBCSportsBayArea.com. “Jimmy got the whole offense together and was like, ‘Hey! You got to play with intensity. Our defense is playing their a–es off. We just got to take advantage of those opportunities they are giving us. Because Aaron Rodgers is one heck of Hall of Fame quarterback and we can’t give him the opportunity to come back and beat us.’

“So that was really awesome then everything after that just kind of took off.”

As speeches go, it falls well short of Knute Rockne, but it apparently worked.

Garoppolo hit a couple of big plays (a 42-yard touchdown to Deebo Samuel and a 61-yarder to Kittle), and they polished off what could be an easy 37-8 win over the Packers.

7 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo’s mid-game pep talk apparently worked

  1. Ho hum. No, there was no magic in that speech. The defense just kept working their a**es off and throttling Rogers.
    Let’s give the credit where it’s due – the defense.

  2. Raheem Mostert deserves a Pro Bowl spot for his incredible weekly perfomance on special teams. He is always the first one down on punts and has made some incredible tackles. Again he averaged over 7 yards per carry from scrimmage. If they ever get around to giving him more reps, he’ll be a star…

  3. Ho hum. No, there was no magic in that speech. The defense just kept working their a**es off and throttling Rogers.
    Let’s give the credit where it’s due – the defense.

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    Truer words … never uttered.

  4. 1950giantsfan says:
    November 25, 2019 at 8:18 am

    If this means Santa Clara finally played a good team I’m happy the “haven’t played anybody” can go away

    True that the Packers are 9-3, but before you get too excited that the Niners finally “played someone” remember this Packer squad is the same team that just a couple weeks ago could only muster 184 yards of offense and was losing 26-3 late in the 4th against the Chargers.

    You’ve always got be be scared of AR, but this team has been up and down.

    Personally I consider their game against the Seahawks to have been the game where they “played somebody.”

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