Prior to the Saturday night game in Kansas City, Jimmy Garoppolo, the San Francisco 49 quarterback, set out to visit the pitch on the pitch, where he lost the left ACL last season on September 23 had torn.
For Garoppolo, it was a chance to reflect on a strenuous 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 he would "get up and fight" after his bouts in Denver.
After his pre-match stint, Garoppolo got off to a flying start, alleviating some of the worries that followed throughout the race last week.
Garoppolo played the entire first half, a total of 37 snapshots, finishing the 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 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 "again 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 and missed another by beating Kansas City, Garoppolo bumped Kendrick Bourne to 18 yards, the first positive throw for Garoppolo this preseason.
"I liked it," said Garoppolo, "It was a lot unlike 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 settle in. On the Niners' second run, he completed all four of his 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 had a hard time catching for a 20-yard touchdown.
Before his night was over, Garoppolo even took his first post Injury he was released when Frank Clark of Kansas City dropped him for a loss of 7 meters to end the third possession of the ball.
Garoppolo and the first team offensive closed their last two drives with 29-yard and 35-yard field goals from kicker Robbie Gould before passing quarterback duties to Nick Mullens.
"Jimmy was pumped for today," Shana said han. "If the boys did not play well the week before and everyone talks about it, the boys just want to get out and it could not come fast enough. I'm glad it worked for him. "
] The start on Saturday is likely the end of Garoppolo's preseason, as Shanahan has previously said he has no plans to go to 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 The outside noise is now down to a more reasonable volume.
"The hearsay and sounds that occur must be ignored and football played," said Garoppolo, "I thought it would be a good move 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. "