Despite scoring only two offensive touchdowns in the first two games of the NFL Playoffs, the San Francisco 49ers are preparing for the NFC title game against the Los Angeles Rams. Kyle Shanahan’s offense has done just enough the past two weeks and is now just one game away from the Super Bowl.
Jimmy Garoppolo has yet to throw a touchdown pass this postseason, but it hasn’t made a difference. Still, the veteran has drawn negative comments, including from TV personality Mina Kimes, after 131 yards and an interception against the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round.
Well, head coach Kyle Shanahan and wide receiver Deebo Samuel were quick to give the quarterback a vote of confidence ahead of Sunday’s game.
Jimmy Garoppolo’s numbers have not been pretty but the 49ers are winning games
Sometimes stats don’t matter. For Garoppolo, that rings true.
The 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys and the Packers on the road despite Garoppolo throwing zero touchdown passes. Against the Cowboys, Samuel and Elijah Mitchell got into the endzone. Against the Packers, they scored two field goals and returned a blocked punt — but that’s all they needed.
Mina Kimes wasn’t the only one to point on Garoppolo’s struggles, either, but her comments caught attention as the First Take crew debated on whether or not he could lead them to another Super Bowl.
Kimes brought up some terrific points. Garoppolo has done just enough, but is he the reason the 49ers are winning? Or is it the brilliant defense and incredible rushing attack?
Garoppolo has thrown for a combined 303 yards, zero scores, and two interceptions in the two games. But, the 49ers have won both games, and he even led a beautiful drive at the end of the game against Green Bay to allow Robbie Gould to knock the field goal through.
Yes, he hasn’t been spectacular, but he has been good enough, and his teammates and head coach were quick to give him a vote of confidence.
Kyle Shanahan and Deebo Samuel rush to support the 49ers QB
After Kimes’ comments caught wind on the internet, people rushed to defend Garoppolo. One of them is Samuel, who has enjoyed every minute next to the veteran QB, especially with the way things have gone this season.
He wasn’t the only one, either, as Shanahan backed Garoppolo on Thursday while mentioning his teammates standing up for him up as well (h/t Cam Inman of The Mercury News).
“Shows what they think of him and shows our guys on social media. Glad they’re sticking up for him. What they say is the truth. He’s done an unbelievable job and doesn’t get him enough credit.”Kyle Shanahan on Jimmy Garoppolo
“What they say is the truth.”
Those are strong words from Shanahan, and yes, he hasn’t gotten enough credit. On the surface, the numbers aren’t good at all. But it is no coincidence that San Francisco is a game away from its second Super Bowl in three seasons — both with Garoppolo under center.
49ers star defensive end Nick Bosa also gave Garoppolo some strong praise.
Sometimes stats don’t matter. Sometimes defense wins championships, and the 49ers are a victory away from proving both of those things to be true.
Can Jimmy G silence the haters and defeat the Rams once again?
Right now, nothing else matters but getting to the Super Bowl. After finishing the season as the sixth seed in the NFC, the 49ers need to get past the Rams to get there.
Many questions are being asked about Garoppolo, especially with rookie Trey Lance lurking in the shadows. Nonetheless, San Francisco has defeated the Rams twice this season and will need a solid effort from Garoppolo to get back to the Super Bowl.
Can Jimmy G silence the doubters and do enough to defeat the surging Rams?
This season, the two meetings against the Rams have gone well for Garoppolo, especially that Week 18 win to clinch a playoff spot.
Can he channel that same energy again and lead the 49ers to another Super Bowl?
If so, it will be a long offseason in San Francisco, especially after the Lance-Garoppolo reports from earlier this season.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference