Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t need to use his arm much on Saturday as the 49ers ran for 186 yards in a 27-10 win over the Vikings, but the quarterback found other ways to pitch in.
On a second quarter run by wide receiver Deebo Samuel, Garoppolo found himself in the open field with Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr off-balance in front of him. Garoppolo put Barr on the ground to provide some more running room for Samuel and give himself the rare feeling of throwing a key block.
“I had to get a pancake on the stat sheet, so I’m pretty happy about it,” Garoppolo said, via San Francisco Chronicle. “Sometimes you have to remember that you’re not just a quarterback. You’re a football player, too.”
Garoppolo opened Saturday’s game 5-of-6 for 57 yards and a touchdown to Kendrick Bourne, but only threw 13 more passes as the 49ers ran their way to a win. Next Sunday may call for a different approach, although the 49ers now know that they can count on Garoppolo to throw a block if needed.