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Jimmy G gets taste of 49ers games without fans this season

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SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers returned to their usual practice routine Sunday with music blaring from speakers on the east side of their practice field.

On Friday, the club practiced in an otherwise quiet Levi’s Stadium as they ponder what it will be like to play regular-season games without any fans.

“It was definitely different,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said. “Just talking to guys when we were warming up and in stretch lines, it is what it's going to be.

“Having you guys out there, the reporters, was the most fans we’ll probably have at home games this year. It's something that you just have to get used to. Like a lot of these things, it's out of our control.”

The 49ers’ first-team offense struggled during the team’s practice inside their stadium, but Garoppolo got back on track Sunday with five consecutive touchdown passes in a red-zone drill, including three short scoring tosses to running back Jeff Wilson.

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Garoppolo had a lot of success throwing to receiver Dante Pettis, who caught six passes. He capped practice with a 1-yard touchdown reception from Garoppolo.

Safety Jaquiski Tartt made the biggest play from the team's first defense with an interception and pick six of Garoppolo deep in the offense's territory.