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Jimmy G struggles mightily in first half against Rams

/ by Ali Thanawalla
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Kyle Shanahan made the decision to start an injured Jimmy Garoppolo over rookie Trey Lance in the 49ers' season-finale against the Los Angeles Rams, and the early returns weren't good for the veteran quarterback.

Garoppolo had issues gripping the ball in the first half, and at one point, he had the ball knocked out of his hand when he tried to pull the ball down while being pressured. Luckily for the 49ers, they were able to recover the fumble.

Later, Garoppolo tried a short screen pass, but the football wobbled out of his hand and fell incomplete.

With the Rams leading 17-0 with under four minutes remaining before halftime, Garoppolo took a big hit while throwing the ball downfield and was intercepted by Taylor Rapp.

Garoppolo was sacked twice in the first half, losing 17 total yards.

Entering the final drive before halftime, Garoppolo was 5-of-7 for 29 yards, with one interception thrown. He managed to salvage his first-half stat line by completing four passes for 61 yards. The 49ers managed to kick a field goal and trailed by 14 at the break.

Despite his struggles, Garoppolo stayed in the game to open the second half.

The 49ers need to win (or need the New Orleans Saints to lose to the Atlanta Falcons) to get into the NFC playoffs, but Garoppolo's performance didn't help those chances.