49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin showed a flair for the dramatic Monday night.
For one, the 27-year-old warmed up, sans a shirt, before the road game against the Green Bay Packers. It might not have been as cold as you envisioned, but it was close.
That warm-up apparently got Goodwin's blood flowing, as he scored two touchdowns in the first half at Lambeau Field.
In the first quarter, Goodwin outran the Packers' secondary and hauled in a 67-yard bomb from quarterback C.J. Beathard for his second touchdown of the season.
The score cut Green Bay's lead to four points, and a Robbie Gould extra point reduced San Francisco's deficit to three.
Goodwin, a college sprinter at the University of Texas, now has two receiving TDs of at least 65 yards with the 49ers, and four on his career. He even impressed one of his speediest teammates -- injured running back Jerick McKinnon.
Goodwin didn't need to go quite as far for his second TD of the game, but he still bested the Packers' secondary. With about six minutes remaining in the second quarter, Goodwin juked cornerback Tramon Williams on his route and dove in for the score.
Goodwin paid tribute to his own athletic past with the celebration, long-jumping to commemorate the first multi-touchdown game of his NFL career. He was a long jumper at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, finishing in 10th place for the United States.
Maybe Goodwin should warm up shirtless more often.
Despite the 49ers finishing with a 13-3 record and advancing to Super Bowl LIV, few NFL pundits seem willing to give Jimmy Garoppolo any credit for the team’s success.
The quarterback needed just eight pass attempts to defeat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, as San Francisco rode a dominant run game and suffocating defensive performance to a 37-20 victory.
Fox Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd isn’t among the detractors and voiced his support for Jimmy G ahead of a Super Bowl showdown with reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.
“He carried this team in the middle of the season when they fell apart physically,” Cowherd said on "The Herd" this week. “I’m not a stat guy, I’m an eye guy. Watch the games.”
The success of the run game for the Niners this season didn’t necessitate a lot of pass-heavy games, but Garoppolo still finished eighth among qualified NFL quarterbacks in passer rating.
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When the 49ers have ended up in a shootout this year, Garoppolo has stepped up.
When they’ve needed him to just manage the game and make the occasional throw downfield, Garoppolo has stepped up.
No matter what the scenario, Garoppolo has delivered and this 49ers team wouldn't be anywhere near the Super Bowl without his steady leadership guiding the offense.
Jimmy G now has the chance to solidify himself among the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks when he and the Niners take the field against the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami for Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium.
The 49ers will fly to Miami on Sunday to play in the NFL franchise’s seventh Super Bowl. Despite this being a semi-regular thing, CEO Jed York isn’t treating it that way.
York said Friday that he’s bringing all full-time staff to Miami for Super Bowl week and treating them to the game. He even mentioned bringing interns.
That’s, you know, a lot of people on the 49ers’ dime.
“We're taking a lot of people. We wanted to make sure that our entire staff had the opportunity to go,” York said in a meeting with local reporters. “Everybody from [head coach Kyle Shanahan to general manager John Lynch] all the way down to interns, everyone's been a part of this, and we wanted to make sure they're there to help and also celebrate the moment that hopefully gets us over the hump."
That’s an unusual benefit for support staff outside football operations, one that will allow everyone involved with the 49ers to enjoy a week basking in the team’s achievements leading up to Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium.
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The 49ers are trying to win their sixth Super Bowl title, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots for the most in NFL history. The Chiefs are currently 1.5-point favorites in this clash of Titans.