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Sit Garappolo, start Lance: a call from San Francisco 49ers fans

Two interceptions and a 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Thursday Night Football saw the debate over quarterbacks reach a clear consensus.

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Dec 23, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) is sacked by Tennessee Titans defensive end Denico Autry (96) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Christopher HanewinckelUSA TODAY Sports

San Fransisco 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo took more unwelcome attention during and after his performance against the Tennesee Titans on Thursday night.

His key errors were the focus as the visiting team lost 20-17 and that makes it the third time he’s thrown two interceptions and lost - against the Colts and Seahawks - finishing 26/35 for 322 yards, adding a single touchdown pass to Brandon Aiyuk.

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Shanahan publicly backs Garoppolo

The under-fire QB spoke after the defeat:

“You’ve got to take your lumps, look at the film, be hard on ourselves,” Garoppolo said. “For 10 days we’ve got to get ready and move on to the next one.”

With just two games in the regular season remaining the niners are now 8-7. But the Niners’ head coach Kyle Shanahan had his back, unsurprisingly given who makes the call.

"Two turnovers cost you, but that's not all on him. It's on everybody out there."

Lance or Garoppolo: 49ers quarterback option

Trey Lance was brought in and many have been asking why if he can’t get in front of a quarterback who is completely underperforming. The reaction to that man was as loud in the live commentary as it was on social media.

On the Thursday Night Football showdown, former NFL tight end Greg Olsen couldn’t have made it clearer. “Jimmy Garoppolo is just not seeing the field right now,” he exclaimed.

Olsen was clear, but still reserved given where he was speaking from. This was a flavour of the reaction on Twitter:

Game recap: Titans turn game around to beat 49ers

We brought you all the action live as the Titans came back from 10-0 down at half-time. Then touchdowns from D'Onta Freeman and the returning A.J. Brown put them in front.

Cardinals could hand Titans AFC South title

Randy Bullock had the final say, though, making no mistake with a field goal with four seconds left, ensuring Tennessee (10-5) can win the AFC South if the Arizona Cardinals beat the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Titans win confirms Cowboys in playoffs

Defeat for the 49ers (8-7) ensured the Dallas Cowboys (10-4) will feature in the playoffs for the first time in three years.

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