The 49ers haven’t trailed much this season, as San Francisco’s imposing defense and physical running game helped lead the team to a 13-3 record and a pair of dominant playoff wins on the way to an appearance in Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2.
But in the limited time the Niners have been behind this season, no quarterback has been more effective than Jimmy Garoppolo.
Jimmy G has the highest passer rating in the NFL this season when his team is losing.
The 28-year-old also was the architect of four fourth-quarter comebacks in 2019, which ties him with Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Seahawks signal-caller Russell Wilson for the best mark in the NFL.
He’s also made big plays with his arm when it counts, as evidenced by these game-clinching plays from the second half of San Francisco’s season.
The @49ers are into Rams territory!— NFL (@NFL) December 22, 2019
On 3rd & 16, @JimmyG_10 connects deep with @ESanders_10! #GoNiners
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George Freakin’ Kittle 😱😱😱pic.twitter.com/y7ywfKYM2L— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) December 8, 2019
While he got some help from Kittle in the win over New Orleans, it wouldn’t have happened if Garoppolo hadn’t put the ball in the perfect spot to keep his tight end from having to break stride.
So if by some chance the 49ers fall behind to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs during Super Bowl LIV, fans can put their faith behind the clutch play of Jimmy G.
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