Jimmy Garoppolo looking over his shoulder ahead of 49ers game vs Cowboys
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo might be having his last game in a 49ers uniform against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, as he feels the pressure from Trey Lance.
The San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been walking on glass since even before the 2021 NFL Draft, in which San Francisco traded two extra first-round picks to move up for a quarterback.
The 30-year-old admitted on Wednesday that the uncertainty of his future has weighed on him all season, “It’s always in the back of your mind,” Garoppolo said. “It has been in mine, really, the whole season. I knew what type of season it was, knew everything that was going on behind the scenes and what-not. It was a little different.”
Garoppolo finished strong
And while there were several calls to put Lance in the starting lineup, especially as Garoppolo struggled at moments throughout the season, the veteran signal-caller finished the 2021 season strong, especially in Week 18’s comeback win over the Los Angeles Rams.
Garoppolo helped get the 49ers into the playoffs with that game, as he threw for 316 yards in the overtime win, finishing with a pair of striking drives that resulted in San Fran’s victory, after a 17-0 start.
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Garoppolo hopes for another postseason run with San Francisco, starting with Sunday’s matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.
"I love this team, love the players, love everything about it," he said. "It's a good group to be around, fun group. We want to keep this thing going for as long as we can now."
Jimmy G. knows though, that this game might be his last one with the Niners, after five years with San Francisco.
“You got to toe that line because you don’t want to get too emotional in those moments,” Garoppolo said. “You just got to go play football when it comes down to it. But the human side definitely comes into play. You feel it for a little bit after the game.
“And I think 24 hours after that, you have to move on quickly. And we’ve done that pretty well.”