‘Today was probably our best whole game we’ve put together’
The four TD tosses in Mexico were the most in an NFL game, according to NFL Research, and it was Garoppolo’s first four-touchdown outing since Week 14 of 2019. It was also a showcase of how potent the San Francisco offense can be when it’s at its best and looking to utilize a cavalcade of offensive All-Stars.
“I feel good about it all. I didn’t even know it, four TDs and everything,” said Garoppolo, who is 20 of 29 for 228 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions and a stellar 131.9 rating. “I thought guys were making plays all night though, when their numbers were called everyone stepped up. Guys stepped up and made plays, the O-line gave me a lot of time, which always makes things easier. It was a good night.”
Everyone got involved as Garoppolo took over.
tight ends George Kittle Hauling in a pair of touchdowns on four catches for 84 yards was his best game production-wise of the season. Wide receiver Brandon Ayuk Two runs in his two catches. Christian McCaffrey Has continued to develop since his acquisition with 106 scrimmage yards. Elijah Mitchell (nine carries for 59 yards) came on strong in the second half to pound a beleaguered Cardinals defense. And then there was Dibo Samuelwho went on a highlight-reel 39-yard touchdown run with seven catches.
“When you have playmakers like us, it allows you to do everything,” Garoppolo said. “It’s just ‘what-is-the-defense-going-to-take-away’ type of thing. If they try to take away the run, we’ll throw it, if they try to take away. We’ll throw it out in the middle of the field. . You know we’ve got a lot of playmakers in that offense and having them around makes my job easier.”
While everyone was involved, Monday’s approach was different.
San Francisco had just seven first-half rushing attempts, which tied for the second-fewest of Shanahan’s tenure in 2017. The ball was handed to Garoppolo and he completed 14 of 21 first-half passes for 153 yards. A 7-yard scoring pass to Ayuck and a 39-yard pass to Kittle. Those touchdowns started a string of four consecutive scoring drives in which the Niners overcame a 3–0 deficit and turned the game into a blowout. That allowed them to go the other way in the second half, as Garoppolo threw it just eight times.
When Garoppolo is on, so are the 49ers.
The Niners improved to 14-0 on Monday without Garoppolo throwing an interception, according to NFL Research. It’s the longest streak by a quarterback in San Francisco’s illustrious QB history, breaking a tie between Garoppolo, Joe Montana and Colin Kaepernick.
And so it goes that Monday marks Garoppolo’s third straight game without an INT and the Niners’ third straight win. They’re back in first place in the NFC West and turning right around.
“I think we’ve put some good games together over the last couple of weeks,” Garoppolo said. “Today was probably our best whole game we’ve put together, but we’ve got a long way to go, some yardage we gave up out there and even some points we gave up out there, so it’s a nice thing the guys are still hungry.”
Among a galaxy of star performers, Garoppolo shined Monday night in Mexico City.
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