49ers plan to start Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Rams

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With the playoffs on the line, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan thinks even an injured Jimmy Garoppolo gives him a better chance to win than Trey Lance.

Garoppolo is expected to start today against the Rams even though he’s still dealing with an injured throwing thumb, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

It became apparent that Garoppolo had been medically cleared to play when the 49ers did not promote backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld to the active roster. Garoppolo and Lance are the only two quarterbacks on the 49ers’ active roster.

The 49ers traded three first-round draft picks to acquire Lance in the 2021 NFL draft, and they still view him as their quarterback of the future. But the quarterback of the present is Garoppolo, and the 49ers hope he plays well enough today to beat the Rams and extend their season.

8 responses to “49ers plan to start Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Rams

  1. I’ve really looked forward to seeing Lance play (and develop).

    I hope he plays a significant amount.

    However, that will probably only happen if JG is in too much pain, or is too ineffective (in which case, we’ll lose), neither of which I want.

  2. Jimmy is getting paid to much money to sit on the sidelines, that’s the only reason he’s playing, and his record especially against the Rams has been good. That being said I think Kyle will have a very short leash today on garapollo. He throws a bad INT he’s going to be watching Lance on the sideline.

  3. Let’s see..Lance threw 2 picks,one dropped and fell into 11s hands for a reception against the 30th ranked defense. All his throws were extremely wobbly.Whats wrong Lance, can’t handle the nfl size football?Yet some were hoping he plays vs rams with playoffs on the line…incredible

  4. When Shanahan said he didn’t know who his QB would be against the Rams, he was referring to his choice between Good Jimmy G.and Bad Jimmy G.

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