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Jimmy Garoppolo: “We’ve Got A Chance At A Super Bowl”

Jimmy Garoppolo is on a high after leading his team to their first win of the season.

On Sunday, Garoppolo replaced Trey Lance, who suffered a season-ending injury in the first quarter of the game against the Seahawks, and led the team to a win by going 13 of 21 for 154 yds., with one passing TD and one rushing TD for a passer rating of 100.1.

It didn’t take long for Jimmy G get into a rhythm by finding Ross Dwelley for a long TD pass early on in the second quarter.

While speaking with Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, Garoppolo felt like the pass to Dwelley gave him confidence for the rest of the game.

“I think the touchdown to [Ross] Dwelley, obviously, gave me some confidence, like, All right, now we’re rolling. We’re playing football now,” Garoppolo told Breer. “I don’t know, it’s really just a better appreciation for the fans and the atmosphere. I sound like an old guy saying this, but when I was young, I really didn’t appreciate that part of the game. I was so locked into football and what’s happening on the field.

“And you need to have that. But there is a sense of, you got to smell the roses a little bit and look around.”

Garoppolo told Breer the reason he decided to stay with the Niners for one more season is because he feels the team has Super Bowl potential.

“There was a lot of familiarity with the organization, the offense, teammates, all that stuff played a role,” Garoppolo said. “It was just a good opportunity. I know we got a good team here, and I know everyone keeps saying this, but we’ve got a chance at a Super Bowl, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Garoppolo also touched on Lance’s injury during the interview.

“It’s tough, man,” Garoppolo said. “Injuries, it’s never fun, and especially for a young guy like that, I’ve been in his shoes, and it’s going to be tough initially. But it’s how you come out after. I’m a big believer in that. Trey’s a tough dude, he’s got a good mindset, and I’m hoping [for] the best for him.”

Jimmy went on to say there were no hard feelings when the team decided to make Lance the starter.