Prior to the preseason game on Saturday night in Kansas City, San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo took the opportunity to visit the spot on the pitch where he had torn the left ACL on 23 September last season.
For Garoppolo, this was a chance to ponder over a tedious rehabilitation and everything that happened afterwards, including a harsh outing on Monday night against the Broncos, in which he scored a Passer rating of 0.0.
"A lot has happened since then," said Garoppolo. "I thought it would be good to go back there to remember everything I went through." Earlier this week, Garoppolo swore that he would "get up and fight" after his bouts in Denver.
After a stop before the game, Garoppolo got off to a flying start, alleviating some of the concerns that followed in the past week.
Garoppolo played the entire first half, a total of 37 snapshots, and finished 1
"It's not a big surprise, I think, when a man goes down for a long time and mostly from an ACL," said coach Kyle Shanahan. "But football is like that sometimes, especially in the preseason, it was not nearly as bad as it looked last week, but it definitely looked so bad, and today everybody on the same side was a little bit better, we moved . " the chains a few times and you just get into a rhythm and you start forgetting things and playing football.
Garoppolo's catching up accidentally happened at Arrowhead Stadium, where he suffered a knee injury that cost him the last 13 games of the previous season.
On Thursday, Garoppolo admitted it would be "weird" back at Arrowhead Shanahan said it was an "uncanny" experience for his quarterback, and Garoppolo also wanted to focus on wiping out the Denver game.
It did not take long for him to start.
After getting his first litter Garoppolo hit Kendrick Bourne wide for 18 yards, the first positive throw for Garoppolo in that preseason.
"I liked it," said Garoppolo. "It was a lot different than last week. The first time you make a mistake, you begin to fall into a rhythm. The running game looked really good. I was hardly touched. That makes everything a lot easier. "
From there, Garoppolo seemed to fit in. On the Niners' second run, he completed all four passes for 75 yards, including a perfectly placed pass on the right sideline for a 33 yard win on the In the next game Garoppolo hovered a pass into the end zone of the left sideline, which Matt Breida hit hard in a 20-yard touchdown.
Before his night was over, Garoppolo even took his first sack since then Injury when Frank Clark of Kansas City dropped him for a 7-yard loss to end the offense's third possession.
Garoppolo and the first-team offense closed their last two drives with field goals of 29 and 35 meters, respectively Kicker Robbie from Gould before handing over quarterback duties to secure Nick Mullens.
"Jimmy was pumped for today," Shanahan said Boys did not play well the week before, and everyone is talking about it, the guys just want to get out and it could not come fast enough. I'm glad it worked for him. "19659002] Saturday's start is likely to mark the end of Garoppolo's preseason, with Shanahan saying he has no plans to play Garoppolo or most starters in the final before the season
This means that Garoppolo may turn his attention to the real test on his return from the knee injury, the season opener on September 8, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after Saturday he can do so Outside noise is now down to a more reasonable volume.
"The hearsay and sounds that occur need to be ignored and just football played," said Garoppolo, "I thought it would be a good step to get to KC to return where it all began. So just clear it out of the way. It's another step in the right direction. "