Sometimes stats can be deceiving.
When staring at the box score, Jimmy Garoppolo had a solid season opener. He completed 19 of his 33 pass attempts for 259 passing yards, tossed touchdowns, wasn't intercepted and had a 103.0 passer rating. But he also missed some critical passes when it mattered most in the 49ers' 24-20 loss to Arizona Cardinals, and his high pass to George Kittle resulted in a sprained knee for the star tight end.
A large chunk of Garoppolo's passing yards came from running back Raheem Mostert's catch-and-run 76-yard touchdown. After just one week, Mostert is defending his quarterback once again and fired back at those blaming Garoppolo for the loss.
"From what everybody sees on the outside, critiquing him, I didn't know that we had millions of quarterback analysts that understand the game, that understand that position," Mostert said Wednesday on KNBR's "Murph & Mac" show, via 49ers Webzone. "I would just tell those people to just cool out and relax and just enjoy a good game because that's what you're going to get out of Jimmy -- a guy that's going to have a good game.
"But he's also going to have bad games. It's our duty to help pick him up. If the run game is not working, we expect the pass game will be working and vice versa. ... I believe in Jimmy G, and so does this entire team and organization."
Mostert finished the loss with 56 rushing yards and led the 49ers with 95 receiving yards. The 49ers also were down their top two receivers and Kittle was hampered in the second half. He wants to make it clear that any 49ers loss is a team loss.
He refuses to only blame his QB.
"Guys weren't catching the ball, and Jimmy wasn't putting it out there, and guys weren't making enough plays," Mostert said. "You can't just totally give Jimmy the blame.
"He is the quarterback, but at the same time, he's not the only player on the field."
Everyone will have to step their game up Sunday, including Garoppolo. The 49ers simply can't afford starting the season 0-2 with a loss to the lowly New York Jets.