Jimmy Garoppolo blames “little mistakes” for Sunday’s loss

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The 49ers finished a tough three-game stretch by beating the Saints 48-46 in Week 14 and then returned home to face the Falcons on Sunday.

It was a less energetic affair than the one in New Orleans and it had an unhappy outcome for the home team. They gave up a touchdown with two seconds left to give up a 22-17 lead and their spot at the top of both the NFC West and the NFC as a whole.

After the loss was in the books, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was asked if the team was short on energy given the different urgency for this week’s game. Garoppolo thinks the Niners “could’ve had more juice in the beginning,” but didn’t attribute the loss to a letdown in intensity.

“I wouldn’t say it was one specific thing,” Garoppolo said, via NBCSportsBayArea.com. “I think it was just things going wrong, us not making plays when we needed to, just little things like that here and there that throughout the course of a game, they add up. Just little mistakes that we can’t make.”

The 49ers offense didn’t have the same success that they had against the Saints and that allowed the Falcons to hang around long enough to pull off an upset that will resonate into the postseason if the 49ers can’t jump back in front of the Seahawks before the year is out.

21 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo blames “little mistakes” for Sunday’s loss

  1. Congrats to Atlanta on the win. Ref calls definitely didn’t go their way and ball didn’t particularly bounce their way but they still managed to win. Good team.

  2. With that said, mainstream media don’t seem to understand the real dominos anyway. This loss wasn’t great, and yes we fell from #1 to #5, but that was happening anyway if we lost to Seattle week 17. That’s the game that matters most. The way things were, we had a game to throwaway. Granted, would have been nice to win this one so pressure wasn’t on next week, but we still fully control our own destiny. Win our last two and we are #1 seed no matter what anyone else does.

  3. jluckow says:
    December 16, 2019 at 9:13 am
    With that said, mainstream media don’t seem to understand the real dominos anyway. This loss wasn’t great, and yes we fell from #1 to #5, but that was happening anyway if we lost to Seattle week 17. That’s the game that matters most. The way things were, we had a game to throwaway. Granted, would have been nice to win this one so pressure wasn’t on next week, but we still fully control our own destiny. Win our last two and we are #1 seed no matter what anyone else does.
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    Finally someone understands it. Yes, the loss sucked but it wouldn’t have mattered regardless. Seattle can lose next week and will still be ahead of the Niners. The Niners have to win against the Rams next week no matter what. Then it would be a winner take division between the Seahawks and Niners. That’s the way it should be anyways. Whoever wins that game will be the #1 seed.

  4. As a realistic 49er fan this is what I see: Garoppolo is paid way to much money to put up those kind of numbers against a horrible defense. He targeted WRs like five times all game. IDK if it’s play calling or the fact that the 49ers insist on trotting out the special teams guy to play RB but the running game is horrific. Lastly this defense I know is banged up, but severely overrated.

  5. @ Veetan – No, not forgetting about Nola and Green Bay. Niners have beaten them both. If we take care of business against the Rams and Seahawks, we finish as the #1 seed regardless of what Green Bay and the Saints do. We’d all have 3 losses, but we have tiebreaker over them both. Again, yesterdays loss sucks because had we won, we could rest guys against the Rams next week because that game is essentially meaningless (Assuming Seattle beats Arizona). But it always came down to winning one of two versus Atlanta or Los Angeles, and then beating Seattle week 17.

  6. Finally someone understands it. Yes, the loss sucked but it wouldn’t have mattered regardless. Seattle can lose next week and will still be ahead of the Niners. The Niners have to win against the Rams next week no matter what. Then it would be a winner take division between the Seahawks and Niners. That’s the way it should be anyways. Whoever wins that game will be the #1 seed.
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    Maybe you forgot about New Orleans? They are in the driver’s seat for the #1 seed because the most they have to do is win out. They might lose week 16 at Titans but not likely. And they own the tie-break with both Seattle and 9ers.

  7. Bob. Just Bob. says:
    December 16, 2019 at 10:38 am
    Finally someone understands it. Yes, the loss sucked but it wouldn’t have mattered regardless. Seattle can lose next week and will still be ahead of the Niners. The Niners have to win against the Rams next week no matter what. Then it would be a winner take division between the Seahawks and Niners. That’s the way it should be anyways. Whoever wins that game will be the #1 seed.
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    Maybe you forgot about New Orleans? They are in the driver’s seat for the #1 seed because the most they have to do is win out. They might lose week 16 at Titans but not likely. And they own the tie-break with both Seattle and 9ers.
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    Do you watch football? The Niners beat the Saints last week so if both the Niners and Saints win out then San Fran would be the #1 seed because they beat the Saints.

  8. @Bob no, they don’t. We beat new Orleans two weeks ago. We have tie breaker over them. Niners entirely control their own destiny for #1 seed at this point

  9. Bob. Just Bob. says:

    Maybe you forgot about New Orleans? They are in the driver’s seat for the #1 seed because the most they have to do is win out. They might lose week 16 at Titans but not likely. And they own the tie-break with both Seattle and 9ers.

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    New Orleans holds the tiebreaker over SF?

    Interesting.

  10. I hate when fans use the word “we” in describing the teams they root for. You’re not part of the football team!

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    That’s because you are not a true long-term live and die with the team kind of fan. You’re likely a newcomer bandwagon fan or a fair-weather fan.

    Those of us that have 1 team we root for our whole lives and as much gear representing our team as any other clothing in the closet understand the concept of “we” just fine and have no problem with it.

    My team is the Seahawks and we need to focus on the Cardinals before we start thinking about week 17 where we will be playing the game of the year if all goes well for us.

  11. Seattle trolls your short lived#1 seed ends tonight and goes to New Orleans, remember they beat you. 9ers have two very win able games coming up they will be ready.

  12. 49eralways says:
    December 16, 2019 at 11:56 am
    Seattle trolls your short lived#1 seed ends tonight and goes to New Orleans, remember they beat you. 9ers have two very win able games coming up they will be ready.
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    Oof…y’all drop a game AT HOME vs. Atlanta and you’re more concerned with the Hawks and their fans.

    Interesting.

  13. Sorry, but putting a “Q” at the end of your name, and getting 137.5 Million for having sat behind Tom Brady for a couple of years doesn’t make you elite, Jimmy. Nobody’s scared to play you. Who says “Oh darn – but we gotta play Jimmy Garoppolo this week!” No one. Ever. They DO say it about Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Even Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins elicit some fear at times. But not Jimmy. George Kittle? Maybe. Nick Bosa and D. Buckner? Yep. But not Jimmy. Seattle fans are more worried about Kyler Murray next week than Jimmy Garoppolo the following. Just sayin’.

  14. San Francisco blew an opportunity to be able to get some people healthy against the Rams by losing to Atlanta, as well as open up multiple other tie breaking scenarios that could eventually bite them…

    So yes, they still control their own destiny… but if they somehow lose to the Rams and beat the Seahawks, and end up in a virtual tie…

    They might want that one back

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