Jimmy Garoppolo Reaches Milestones Faster Than Previous 49ers QBs

On Sunday, December 12, at Cincinnati, Jimmy Garoppolo was four yards shy of reaching 300 passing yards, which would have been his fourth 300-yard game in 2021.

However, during the 49ers' 26-23 overtime road win over the Bengals, he did surpass legendary San Francisco 49ers who once lined up behind center.

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And Garoppolo did it faster than any other 49er quarterback in franchise history, including those who led the team to the Super Bowl.

What was Jimmy G's previous high score?

As a 49er, Garoppolo entered Paul Brown Stadium with 9,993 passing yards.

According to Pro Football Reference, he has 10,289 passing yards in five years with the 49ers.

But here's where Garoppolo's 10,000 yards have career significance: he did it faster than any of his predecessors at the quarterback position in San Francisco, from Joe Montana to Steve Young to the previous QB who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl before Garoppolo's arrival, Colin Kaepernick.

Garoppolo surpassed the 10,000-yard passing mark in 43 games, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, which is faster than previous 49er quarterbacks.

Jeff Garcia, according to Maiocco, had the previous best mark of 44 games.

Garcia spent five seasons with the 49ers, accumulating 16,408 yards in the process.

Garcia, on the other hand, racked up 10,000 yards in his first three seasons with the team, according to Pro Football Reference.

In six seasons with the 49ers, Kaepernick accumulated 12,271 yards andmdash; however, in five seasons in the Bay Area, he surpassed 10,000 yards.

According to Maiocco, Hall of Famer Montana needed 56 games to reach the five-digit mark in aerial yards.

Joe Cool, like Kaepernick, reached 10,000 yards in his fifth season with the team before settling for 35,124 franchise yards.

Though Young was not mentioned in Maiocco's post, it's worth noting that he was the last to reach the milestone, taking seven seasons to do so.

Young's decision to back up Montana for his first four seasons in the Bay was influenced by the fact that he spent his first four seasons in the Bay as a backup.

Jimmy G made his first appearance against the Seahawks a week ago in Seattle.

Despite throwing for 299 yards and averaging 10 yards per completed pass, two interceptions by Garoppolo contributed to the 49ers' 30-23 loss at Lumen Field.

But this time in "The Queen City," Garoppolo returned to taking better care of the ball with no interceptions andmdash; he also reconnected with his efficient side on third and fourth downs, which was especially important with time running out in the fourth and overtime approaching.

With 20 seconds left and 3rd down and 10 yards to go, Garoppolo hit George Kittle on a fingertip catch.

Then, on 3rd and 5, Garoppolo connected with Kittle once more, this time for a 9-yard gain that helped set up Brandon Aiyuk's game-winning leap.

Garoppolo didn't get limited to less than 15 or 10 passing attempts in the Bengals' victory.

His tenacity, particularly in surviving five Cincy sacks, led to teammates jumping on him after the game, according to CBS Sports' AJ Ross.

"The whole game was a dogfight. Guys were battling. We knew it was going to be a 60-minute game. It was everything we could've asked for," Garoppolo said.

Garoppolo's head coach, Kyle Shanahan, recently chastised his quarterback, telling reporters, "He's got to be better with the ball." However, the 49ers have previously practiced high-intensity situations in which efficient passing is required.

Those sessions have undoubtedly aided the quarterback of the 49ers.

"We've done it in situations where it's not two-minute, but it's all or nothing," Shanahan told the Bay Area media on Monday, December 13. "So you know he'll make some plays and try to avoid the bad ones."

However, the question was raised as to whether Garoppolo performs better when the pressure is applied late in the game.

"I believe so, and I believe he performs admirably in those situations," Shanahan said.

"When you're going fast, there's not a lot of time to sit there and think; you just react. And usually when Jimmy's reacting, he's letting it all hang out and not hesitating; he's pretty automatic."

Garoppolo reacted more intelligently with his throws, according to his head coach.

In the process, he accomplished more than any other 49er quarterback in fewer than 45 games.

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