Jimmy Garoppolo hasn't been perfect for the 49ers this season by any means, but his efficient play in clutch moments has kept the 49ers afloat in the NFC playoff picture during the last six weeks.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Sunday's monumental game against the Atlanta Falcons, Garoppolo explained how he remains centered when the chaos of a tight NFL game is developing all around him.
"I always catch myself just trying to calm down and let things happen as they may," Garoppolo said Wednesday. "You feel all of the energy around you, everyone going nuts and everything, but as the quarterback, you kind of just have to be in the middle of everything, kind of be the eye of the storm and just be right there. There's really no secret to it. You just have to simplify it and go play football really."
The 49ers are 7-5 when Garoppolo has started this season, and the 30-year-old has passed for 2,937 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Since returning to his hometown and taking down the Bears in Chicago, Garoppolo is 4-2 and has thrown 11 touchdowns to just four interceptions.
In the 49ers' Week 12 win over the Minnesota Vikings, Garoppolo helped seal the win by leading the 49ers on a seven-minute drive in the fourth quarter that ground the clock down inside two minutes, limiting Minnesota's chances of a comeback attempt.
Last week in Cincinnati, Garoppolo led an impressive drive late in regulation that positioned Robbie Gould for a game-winning field goal. While Gould missed, Garoppolo then marched the 49ers down the field and found Brandon Aiyuk for the game-winning touchdown in overtime to secure a 26-23 win.
The pressure will be on the quarterback once again in Week 15, as the 49ers face the Falcons with significant playoff implications on the line.
Garoppolo must continue to be solid through the ebbs and flows and play efficient football if the 49ers want to cling to their place in the postseason picture.