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San Francisco 49ers links for Saturday January 18, 2020

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We are slightly more than 36 hours away from the biggest game of Jimmy Garoppolo’s young career as a starter for the San Francisco 49ers, and in just over two years Jimmy G has put together a 20-5 record including last week’s playoff win, a 67% completion percentage, and 99.2 QB rating.

He’s been clutch in close games and incredibly accurate. His 13.7% bad throw percentage is the 4th best in the league, behind only Brees, Tannehill, and Carr. For perspective, Aaron Rodgers is dead last in that same category sitting at 21.7%.

And yet, a large majority of the NFL media remain doubtful of Jimmy G’s abilities.

Here’s just a sample of what’s being said about Garoppolo this week:

If I’m Kyle Shanahan I’m going into the NFC Championship Game this weekend yeah feeling good about my team but a little nervous about my QB, and some of the shaky decisions and throws that he made.

- Chris Simms, NBC Sports

I think the moment might be a little too big for Jimmy Garoppolo, who quietly was actually really bad against the Minnesota Vikings.

- Nick Wright, Fox Sports

Now the only thing that concerns me, and I’ve been telling you this all year long.. that guy number ten for the 49ers? Oh he’s gonna put the ball in harms way. One, two, maybe even three times

- Shannon Sharpe, FS1

It has to be a little bit concerning if you’re a 49ers fan because JImmy G wasn’t great against the Vikings, he had that interception that he threw right before halftime in the Vikings game, and guess what, it could’ve been a different game if the Vikings were able to convert that into a TD.

- Chris Canty, Fox Sports

Aaron Rodgers is matched up with a guy you do not trust. Jimmy G, who is going to throw it to (the Packers) as many times as he’s going to throw it to his guys.

Skip Bayless, FS1

And without a doubt, the most egregious of them all:

If it’s close in the 3rd quarter, the 49ers are going to start to freak out, because it’s not 37-8 this time around, And then it comes down to Jimmy Garoppolo pissing down his leg, and between the two guys - Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Garoppolo - Garoppolo far more likely to self urinate himself.

Mike Florio, NBC Sports

Of course, the Jimmy G doubt is nothing new. We’ve been seeing it all year. But 49ers fans stopped doubting a long time ago. Is Jimmy G perfect? No. Will he make the occasional bone headed throw? Yes.

But he’s more than proven over the course of his time with the Niners that no game - no moment - is too big for him. And when it’s all said and done, I expect to see Jimmy Garoppolo getting the last laugh this Sunday, silencing the doubters once and for all.

And now, onto those links:

49ers Dee Ford: ‘At some point you just got to go’ (Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee)

49ers-Packers odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks in NFL playoff game (By Ali Thanawalla, NBC Sports)

Five Key Matchups: 49ers vs. Packers in the NFC Championship (Matthew Asher, 49ers.com)

Is your 49ers ticket real? Buyer beware (Ann Rubin, KTVU)

No more overlooking Jimmy Garoppolo with 49ers on brink of Super Bowl (Jeff Miller, LA Times)

Raheem Mostert should get bulk of carries for 49ers vs. Packers (Elvis Jerez, Niner Noise)

Behind Enemy Lines: Previewing NFC championship with Packers Wire (Kyle Madson, Niners Wire)

Florio: Jimmy Garoppolo more likely to ‘self-urinate himself’ than Aaron Rodgers (David Bonilla, Niners WebZone)

Packers vs. 49ers: History behind the rivalry ahead of NFC Championship (Chris Wilson, Niner Noise)

49ers injury report blank for NFC championship (Kyle Madson, Niners Wire)

Jimmy Garoppolo made 49ers ‘instantly better’ when he arrived, says John Lynch (David Bonilla, Niners WebZone)


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