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Why this Jimmy Garoppolo play from 49ers' win made Kyle Shanahan proud

Why this Jimmy Garoppolo play from 49ers' win made Kyle Shanahan proud

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo made leaps and bounds in Sunday's 41-17 win over the Bengals

Garoppolo completed 17 of 25 passes for 297 with three touchdowns and one interception. Aside from his poor decision that resulted in the INT, he was nearly flawless.

NBC Sports' Peter King asked coach Kyle Shanahan which of Garoppolo's plays he was the proudest of, and the answer could come as a surprise. 

“When he didn’t throw it and he ran for the first down,” Shanahan told King

The play came on the 49ers' second drive, which concluded with a 39-yard touchdown pass to running back Raheem Mostert. Before that, though, Garoppolo scrambled 9 yards for a first down on third-and-six earlier in the drive. 

“He’s never scrambled a ton, but you want him to be comfortable enough to do when he has to," Shanahan said. "And coming off the ACL, it’s good to see him have the confidence to make a play like that.”

[RELATED: Why Jimmy G getting into early rhythm was key to 49ers' win]

Garoppolo rushed for 8 yards on four carries in the win. He'll never be a threat on the ground, but the ability to keep drives alive with his legs is a huge benefit to the 49ers offense. 

And like Shanahan said, it has to be a positive sight to see Garoppolo trust his knee and believe he can stay safe on the field.

Kyle Shanahan's football mind at root of 49ers' dominant win vs. Bengals

Kyle Shanahan's football mind at root of 49ers' dominant win vs. Bengals

CINCINNATI -- As the jubilant 49ers squad returned the locker room, excited to return home after a 10-day stint on the road, on the opposite side of the stadium, a stunned Bengals team wondered what exactly had hit them. 

The 49ers offense got into a rhythm and there was no stopping them. They put 41 points up on the board and racked up 572 yards of offense. The defense sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton four times and intercepted him once. That’s not to say the 49ers were perfect, because they weren’t. 

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw three touchdown passes, but still notched an interception on an obvious bad decision. There were blown coverages made by San Francisco's defense, but all-in-all it was a dominant performance on the field. 

What might have been the most crucial piece to the 49ers’ dominance of the Bengals was the football mind of Kyle Shanahan. The offense pulled out all the stops, using misdirection and even a trick play to throw Cincinnati off, and created mismatches that they were able to take advantage of. 

Shanahan and the offense left the Bengals defense dazed and confused. The evidence is in their postgame quotes. 

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor 

“We just need to be better with our eyes. They do a really good job with the play-actions off the run game. When they’re running the ball so successfully and you’re hell-bent on stopping the run, that’s when they pop one on you over the top. That’s where you saw that come from.”

“They can be sound in what they’re doing defensively by keeping everything in front of them. Offensively, they have all facets of their game open.” 

Cornerback William Jackson 

“They came out with a lot of gadget plays. They used every trick in the book.”

“It’s about having the right eyes and being in the right spot. They clearly play some Madden.” 

Defensive end Carlos Dunlap 

“They out-executed us with their game plan.”

“They challenged our eyes and leverage. All day.”

“It was everything. Pre-snap, post-snap, changing gaps and challenging us on the edge. They challenged us on the edge trying to bounce the ball. They were making more plays than us. I missed some plays early. We have to make plays.” 

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick 

“They got us a little off. They got us rattled today. We definitely could have communicated better, and executed the plays better. For the most part, they played hard-nosed football and took it right to us today.”

“They ran a lot of trick plays -- a lot of misdirection plays. There are some things we have to work on, obviously. For the most part, to me personally, they just brought it to us. They outplayed us. They just shoved it down us. We couldn’t get it going today.” 

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo 

Jimmy G even recognized the rhythm that Shanahan was in calling plays in Cincinnati. He explained how it makes his job easier and keeps the momentum going.

“His mind is incredible,” Garoppolo said of his head coach. “Just how he’s two plays ahead while we’re running the current play. It makes everything so easy. When he gets in a rhythm like that, it puts everyone in a good position.”

[RELATED: Jimmy G tops fantasy QBs to add with Big Ben, Brees out]

Shanahan spoke earlier in the week about the staff working longer hours because they were on the road and away from their families. It paid dividends in Cincinnati, but hopefully they won’t have to sacrifice their personal lives for another strong performance in Week 3.

Fantasy football QBs to add after Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees injuries

Fantasy football QBs to add after Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees injuries

Fantasy football is the most infuriating thing on this Earth that, at the end of the day, truly is inconsequential.

But we do it anyway. Each fall, getting together with our friends, drafting our teams and hoping that this year we will secure the glory that long has evaded us. (OK, I'm just talking about myself on that last part. I'm sure some of you actually win your leagues. Must be nice.)

The most frustrating part of torturing ourselves for 16 Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays each fall, is the injuries that inevitably befall your team, taking you from hopeful contender to waiver wire hunter. 

Such was the case Sunday when both Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and New Orleans Saints signal-caller Drew Brees went down with injuries. On Monday, it was revealed both would miss significant time. The Steelers announced Roethlisberger would undergo surgery on his elbow and would be out for the season. As for Brees, he reportedly tore a ligament in his thumb and will be sidelined for at least six weeks.

While these are big blows for both the Steelers and Saints, they also could have huge implications for your fantasy team.

Since you don't want to be headed to the loser's bracket after Week 2, let's look at five quarterbacks to pick up on waivers to replace Roethlisberger or Brees. 

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers (48 percent owned in Yahoo leagues)
Jimmy G was shaky in his first start back from his torn ACL, but he looked a lot sharper in the 49ers' Week 2 demolition over the Bengals.

In two games, Garoppolo has thrown for 463 yards, four touchdowns and only one interception and only will get more comfortable as the season wears on. Couple that with the offensive genius of head coach Kyle Shanahan, star tight end George Kittle and rookie receiver Deebo Samuel, Garoppolo could be primed to put up big numbers. 

Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions (35 percent owned)
Ever the gunslinger, Stafford has been slinging the ball around in two games with new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Through two games, Stafford has completed 65 percent of his passes while amassing 630 yards and five touchdowns.

Now, 385 of those yards and three touchdowns came in Week 1's tie against the Cardinals, so perhaps Stafford is more of the guy that showed up Sunday against the Chargers (245 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions) than the Week 1 version. Beggars can't be choosers. 

Josh Allen, QB, Bills (40 percent owned)
With Allen, you get the added bonus of him also being a running threat. The passing continues to come and go, as he's only thrown for 507 yards and two touchdowns so far this season. But he's also ran for two scores, meaning he has some upside if the kinks in the Bills' passing game gets figured out. 

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jaguars (5 percent owned)
The Mississipi Mustache can sling the rock, he just needs head coach Doug Marrone to let him spin. After starting quarterback Nick Foles went out with a broken collarbone in Week 1, Minshew has stepped in and thrown for 488 yards and three touchdowns while completing 77 percent of his passes. Believe in the legend.

[RELATED: 49ers' Samuel among Week 3 waiver-wire targets]

Mason Rudolph, QB, Steelers (1 percent)
If you still believe the Steelers have a viable offense, then you might as well pick up the guy who's going to be slinging it around for the rest of the season. Rudolph was a dynamic passer in college at Oklahoma State and the Steelers also drafted James Washington, who was Rudolph's favored target during his days in Stillwater, Okla.