Homecoming: Garoppolo will makes first start with 49ers on Sunday in Chicago

Andrew Cummings
November 29, 2017

He'll get more time to do those things on Sunday after the San Francisco 49ers announced he'll be the starter against the Chicago Bears.

The former Patriots' second-round pick started two games for New England in 2016 and went 2-0 while Tom Brady was serving his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

Garoppolo made his on-field debut for San Francisco late in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. One of those passes was an impressive touchdown toss to Louis Murphy in which Garoppolo had to scramble in order to make the play on the move.

The Jimmy Garoppolo era has finally dawned in San Francisco.

It comes as no surprise fans wanted Garoppolo sooner rather than later. He was the highest quarterback taken by New England coach Bill Belichick during his tenure and was believed to be the long-term replacement for Brady.

Garoppolo was initially selected by New England in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2014 draft.

In his career, Garoppolo has completed 65 of 96 passes for 708 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. Additionally, the 49ers were afforded extra time after Beathard helped the team win its first game November 12 against the Giants before the bye week.

The combination of Beathard and Brian Hoyer did not work for the 49ers and Shanahan.

Sunday will be Garoppolo's third career National Football League start. Garoppolo completed 42 of his 59 pass attempts for 496 yards, four touchdowns, and a passer rating of 119.

Coach Kyle Shanahan made the announcement that Garoppolo will start against the Chicago Bears.

Beathard left the game Sunday with a knee contusion and a hip strain.

Shanahan will talk to the media on Wednesday afternoon.

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