49ers report card: Putting the ‘A’ in Garoppolo


CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 03: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after the 49ers defeated the Chicago Bears 15-14 at Soldier Field on December 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – Here is how the 49ers (2-10) graded in Sunday’s 15-14 comeback win over the host Chicago Bears (3-9):

PASS OFFENSE: A

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 293 yards in his victorious starting debut. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Jimmy Garoppolo’s starting debut made this whole unit much improved, although the Bears lowly defense helped matters. Garoppolo (26-of-37, 293 yards, one interception) exhibited skillful accuracy, touch, mobility and overall leadership. His accuracy resulted in Marquise Goodwin (eight catches, 99 yards) and Trent Taylor (six catches, 92 yards) nabbing all their targets. Taylor deserves extra kudos for playing through a stomach flu and making five third-down conversions. Solid protection from the line most of the game.

RUN OFFENSE: B

Carlos Hyde had 18 of his 54 yards on a clutch, third-down conversion on the winning drive. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Yes, Carlos Hyde should have more than 54 yards on 17 carries — he had 98 yards on 17 against the Giants – but he came through with an 18-yard run on third-and-1 on the winning drive. A lot of lanes opened for him and Matt Breida (career-high 12 carries, 45 yards).

PASS DEFENSE: A

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Solomon Thomas (94) tackles Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Anytime you can limit an opponent to 102 passing yards (or 85 net passing yards), then you’ve done your job, although Mitchell Trubisky’s weak supporting cast helped matters. Elvis Dumervil and Cassius Marsh sacked Trubisky, but more pressure came from Solomon Thomas. DeForest Buckner is a double-team magnet and that’s impacting his personal production. Greg Mabin got beat for the Bears only touchdown as an injury fill-in for Dontae Johnson.

RUN DEFENSE: A

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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