Jimmy G’s ’emotional’ moment with Juszczyk before Rams game originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
For the first half of Sunday’s game, it appeared as if Jimmy Garoppolo was playing in his final game with the 49ers.
And then, well … the rest was history.
Overcoming a 17-point deficit and eventually beating the Rams 27-24 in overtime to secure a spot in the playoffs, the 49ers’ season lived to see another week thanks to Garoppolo’s gutsy performance.
When the 49ers drafted rookie quarterback Trey Lance with the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, from the outside looking in, it was understood that this season would likely be Garoppolo’s last with San Francisco. Of course, the team has never come out and said that, but it appears that the writing is on the wall.
Entering the Week 18 clash with the Rams, the 49ers needed a win or a New Orleans Saints loss to secure a playoff spot. The latter did not happen, so they were forced to control their own destiny.
With a very real chance that Sunday would have been Garoppolo’s last game in red and gold, 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk shared an emotional moment with the veteran quarterback before the game.
“I can remember before the game, Kyle Juszczyk, our fullback, came up to me,” Garoppolo told Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer after the game. “And we hugged, and he was like, ‘Man, I don’t want to get emotional or anything, but this is our last regular-season game together.’ It was a pretty cool moment, and from that point on, I really was like, ‘This could be it.’ I don’t know, just toward the end there, there were some surreal moments just on third down and in the red zone.”
Despite the team never publicly saying that Garoppolo’s tenure will end after this season, it appears as if 49ers teammates wanted to cherish every last moment with the quarterback in anticipation of Week 18 possibly being his final time on the field with them.
Garoppolo’s heroics on Sunday will not go unnoticed and…