San Francisco 49ers’ fairytale season continues. The 49ers faced Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night and came out with a 28-25 win, which kept them as the only unbeaten team besides New England Patriots in this season. They are now 8-0, their best start of the season since 1990.
The game against the Cardinals also saw 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo finally having a dominant performance this season. Garoppolo didn’t receive a lot of credit so far for San Francisco’s dominance, as their wins were attributed mostly to their running game and defense. But on Thursday night, the 27-year-old signal-caller was the main star of the team.
Arizona successfully stopped the 49ers running game, forcing them to turn to the passing game. Garoppolo welcomed the challenge and arguably delivered his best game as a 49er.
He completed 28-of-37 passes, throwing for 317 yards and career-high four touchdowns. He didn’t have a single interception while boosting a career-high passer rating of 136.9.
“He played great today,” – said San Francisco’s head coach Kyle Shanahan. “He made a lot of plays in rhythm and made a lot of off-schedule plays. … I thought Jimmy played a hell of a game. His best game yet, probably.”
Garoppolo’s performance also earned praise from his teammates.
“He’s pretty good,” – said tight end George Kittle after the game. “I don’t know why people don’t think he is. He makes some pretty gutsy throws out there, doesn’t he? Goodness gracious … I can’t say enough about how he brings us along.”
Garoppolo completed 70.8 percent of his passes this season, throwing for 1,806 yards and 13 TDs.