49ers announce Jimmy Garoppolo will start Sunday vs. Bears

49ers announce Jimmy Garoppolo will start Sunday vs. Bears

Javier Howell
November 30, 2017

The 49ers officially announced on Tuesday that former Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will start on Sunday against the Bears in Chicago.

Coach Kyle Shanahan met with his quarterback room on Tuesday to inform them of the promotion for Garoppolo, who came to San Francisco after the Niners shipped a 2018 second-round pick to the Patriots ahead of last month's trade deadline.

The Niners acquired Garoppolo on October 31 from New England for a 2018 second-round pick to be the franchise's long-term quarterback.

Garoppolo made his on-field debut for San Francisco late in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.

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He entered Sunday's game for Beathard with 1:07 remaining and connected with Louis Murphy on San Francisco's only touchdown of the game, a 10-yard throw in the corner of the end zone. The Pats took him in the second round of the 2014 draft, but he made just two starts in four seasons with the team while playing behind future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. He most notably threw 42-for-59 (71.2 percent) for 496 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions in two starts during the 2016 season, posting a 119 passer rating.

Garoppolo against Seattle replaced rookie C.J. Beathard, who was making his fifth start after displacing veteran Brian Hoyer for the top job Week 6 in Washington.

Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium on November 26, 2017. With Beathard dealing with a knee bruise and hip strain, Shanahan likely felt compelled to go with the only fully healthy option, Garoppolo. Garoppolo, 26, is in his fourth National Football League season.