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Skip Bayless: Tom Brady over Jimmy Garoppolo was 'right decision' by Patriots

Skip Bayless: Tom Brady over Jimmy Garoppolo was 'right decision' by Patriots

One loss, and one national pundit is ready to bury Jimmy Garoppolo.

One day after Garoppolo suffered his first career loss as a starter, FS1's Skip Bayless said he believes the Patriots made the prudent move at quarterback last year.

"I think [Patriots owner] Robert Kraft made the right decision to stick with Tom Brady," Bayless said as his show, "Undisputed," came to an end Monday morning.

Last October, the Patriots traded Brady's backup to the 49ers for a second-round draft pick. Garoppolo was supposed to take over for Brady when the five-time Super Bowl champion decided to retire, but coach Bill Belichick chose to move the younger QB.

On Sunday, Garoppolo had his worst performance as a 49er. He completed 15 of 33 passes for 261 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions in a 24-16 loss to the Vikings. As for Brady, the 41-year-old completed 26 of 39 passes for 277 yards and three TDs with one interception in the Patriots' 27-20 win over the Texans.

Listen to what Bayless had to say to co-host Shannon Sharpe right here:

49ers-Seahawks flexed out of Week 13 Sunday Night Football slot

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49ers-Seahawks flexed out of Week 13 Sunday Night Football slot

The 49ers were revealed to be prime-time darlings when the NFL schedule was announced in the spring.

But, ultimately, the 49ers played themselves out of two of their scheduled five nationally televised prime-time games.

The 49ers’ Week 13 game at the Seattle Seahawks, originally scheduled for Sunday night, Dec. 2, was demoted to a 1:25 p.m. kickoff, the NFL announced on Wednesday. The game will be televised on FOX.

The 49ers enter their bye week with a 2-8 record. The Seahawks are second place in the NFC West with a 4-5 record. The only attraction to the game was the return of 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman to Seattle, where he played his first seven NFL seasons.

The Los Angeles Chargers (7-2) at the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1) takes over in the prime-time slot for the nationally televised game on NBC. 

The 49ers previously were moved out of the flexible Sunday night slot for their Week 7 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

The 49ers played three prime time games this season, including a mandatory Thursday night game in Week 9 against the Raiders. The 49ers also played two Monday night games, losing to the Green Bay Packers, 33-30, in Week 8, and to the New York Giants, 27-23, earlier this week.

Richard Sherman proving he's still got it, despite 'Uncle Sherm' nickname

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Richard Sherman proving he's still got it, despite 'Uncle Sherm' nickname

SANTA CLARA -- Richard Sherman showed Monday that he still has a lot left in the tank. The 49ers cornerback's performance in the 27-23 loss to the New York Giants was one of his best of the season. 

The acquisition of Sherman after surgery on his Achilles was one of the biggest stories of the 49ers' offseason. Would he be able to return to the level of play that made him a rarely targeted, shutdown corner? He has answered that question.

Up until Week 10, Sherman had quietly put together a solid season, but his value off the field was more recognized. He has been a role model and a coach for the young secondary and a leader in the 49ers' locker room.

Facing the Giants, the 30-year-old showed he’s more than his nickname, “Uncle Sherm.” He was targeted twice, allowing two receptions for 10 total yards. He made three solo tackles, two of which were of Giants running back Saquon Barkley.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan glowingly spoke about Sherman’s performance.

“I thought Richard had one of his best games last night,” Shanahan said in his Tuesday press conference. “I thought it was probably his best game of the year. I don't think it was a coincidence that it followed his best week of practice of the year.”

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It has taken some time for Sherman to get back to his old self -- getting more time off after the Thursday night game against the Raiders on Nov. 1 helped.

“I think Richard went through a big offseason of some big injuries he was overcoming,” Shanahan said. “And he battled hard to get through those. Had a number of setbacks and in training camp, when he did have that, that made it hard to practice a bunch."

“He got himself ready for Week 1 and played. I know he had to miss a few weeks as those injuries crept back. And he played through a bunch of stuff these last few weeks.”

The 49ers coach also explained how leading by example through his injuries is another valuable quality that Sherman brings to the table.

“The thing that's been great about Richard, just showing other guys how you can play through things when you're not 100 percent," Shanahan added. "And when you do, you've got to still play at a high level that helps you win, and he's done that in a number of situations.”

The cornerback's physical ability obviously is a key component to his success, but Shanahan explained there’s more to it than meets the eye. 

“I think people say that because Richard is very talented and things like that,” Shanahan said. “But that's not what separates him from other people. Richard's game has a lot to do with what's upstairs. He's thinking a lot. He understands route combinations. It's hard to beat him on the same thing twice. You can get him once, but usually the second time it's a pick."

“That allows him to, I think he's in his eighth year. He's played seven years. By no means do I think he's at that stage yet where we're talking about him being old. But, as he does get there, and you start to lose a couple steps -- which happens to everybody -- the guys that have been successful because of more than just their ability are guys that usually can still play at a high quality even though their skills diminish. But I don't think he's there yet.”