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Jimmy Garoppolo says key to 49ers' 5-0 start is complementary football

Jimmy Garoppolo says key to 49ers' 5-0 start is complementary football

LOS ANGELES -- The 49ers have won each of their five games differently, but for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, one thing remains the same: complementary football.

The 49ers led the NFL with an average of 200 rushing yards during their 4-0 start to the season. In Sunday's 20-7 win over the Rams, they managed just 99, which put a little more pressure on Garoppolo to perform.

San Francisco's quarterback finished the day completing 24 of his 33 passes for 243 yards with one interception. With the offensive line missing both Mike McGlinchey and Joe Staley, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk gone from the backfield, the 49ers had to adjust. 

“Yeah, that’s just that kind of complementary football,” Garoppolo said. “Whether it’s the run game or the pass game, we play all these games differently. That’s what a good football team does. We’re not reliant on one spot or the other. It’s everyone playing together.”

Garoppolo threw to eight different receivers, with tight end George Kittle leading the group by catching all eight of his targets for 103 yards. Garoppolo spoke highly of his tight end, who has been a one-man highlight reel of running over defenders.

“George is one of those guys where if you give him the ball in space, he’s going to make guys miss,” Garoppolo said. “He’s going to make big plays for you. You know, you give the playmaker the ball and let them go to work.”

The defense continued to be another huge part of the 49ers' dominance. The large contingent of 49ers fans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, however, didn't always make it easy on Garoppolo and the offense to prepare for their next drive.

“It’s tough,” Garoppolo said. “Obviously, we’re trying to look at our pictures and get ready for the next series. But when the crowd erupts like that and you know something good happened, it sparks our whole team. So, as an offense, all we’re trying to do is go out there, score and complement the defense, and I think that’s what leads to winning football.”

The defense gave 49ers fans plenty of reasons to erupt throughout the game. The goal-line stand in the second quarter, in particular, was a turning point for the team. 

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“Oh, it was awesome,” Garoppolo said. “It sparks everybody. Coaches, players, everybody. Everyone is hooting and hollering on the sidelines. It’s just so much fun out there, and to have a group like that that’s so tightly knit on offense, defense and special teams, where everyone’s interacting with each other, it makes it a lot of fun.”

The 49ers head back to the Eastern time zone next week to face Washington (1-5).

How QB Jimmy Garoppolo joined Joe Montana, Steve Young in 49ers' win

How QB Jimmy Garoppolo joined Joe Montana, Steve Young in 49ers' win

Through many of the 49ers' first nine games, San Francisco could rely on a dominant defense and impressive running game. On Sunday, the game came down to Jimmy Garoppolo's right arm. 

And the well-paid QB came through. Outside of two frustrating interceptions -- a pattern that has set 49ers Twitter ablaze -- Jimmy G picked apart Arizona's defense. His 25-yard game-winning touchdown pass to running back Jeff Wilson Jr. with only 31 seconds left was the cherry on top to an a historic performance in San Francisco's 36-26 victory

Garoppolo completed 34 of 45 pass attempts for a career-high 424 passing yards, four passing touchdowns and two interceptions. He became the third 49ers quarterback in franchise history to pass for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns in the same game, joining Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young. 

"He did a hell of a job," Shanahan said of Garoppolo after the win. "Really played unbelievable."

Prior to Garoppolo's performance on Sunday, Young last accomplished the feat on Nov. 28, 1993, in a 35-10 win over the Rams. He threw for 462 yards with four TDs and one interception in the blowout win.

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The lefty led the NFL with 29 passing touchdowns that season, but also tossed 16 interceptions.

Garoppolo now has 18 passing TDs this season with 10 interceptions. He's on pace for 29 touchdowns and 16 interceptions ... or Young's exact stat line from 26 years ago.

49ers' Richard Sherman donates $5K to help Compton Pop Warner team

49ers' Richard Sherman donates $5K to help Compton Pop Warner team

A group of six-year-olds in Compton is making history, but they needed help. In came 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman to save the day. 

The Hub City 6U football team is undefeated and has been invited to play at the National Youth Championship in Florida next month. The costs, however, were too much for the families to take care of themselves. 

Sherman, a Compton native, stepped in to help in a major way. And for reasons bigger than football.

The 49ers' star cornerback was impressed by the strong habits coaches have taught the team, including the importance of education. Players must have at least a 3.1 GPA to play, and each has done so this season. 

Sherman raised $5,000 on the team's GoFundMe page on Monday morning. The team has a goal of $15,000. As of this publishing, they have raised over $22,000 in fewer than 24 hours, thanks in large part to Sherman's donation. 

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Even though the team already has eclipsed their goal, you can donate here to help with travel, food, boarding and more.