With Garoppolo at the helm, the 49ers offense looked, to borrow a phrase, lightyears ahead of where it was with Brian Hoyer or C.J. Beathard. San Francisco outgained their opponents 388-147, with their only issue being their ability to not find the endzone all day.
Making just the third start of his four-year National Football League career, Garoppolo completed 26 of 37 pass attempts for 293 yards with no touchdowns and one interceptions.
It's obvious that this team feeded off the energy brought upon by Garoppolo. Goodwin continues to have a career year as he became the number one receiver for this team after Pierre Garcon went down for the season.
For the record: Garoppolo and Brady both had QB ratings of 82.4.
Still, what does it say about Fox's Bears that the rookie quarterback who wasn't supposed to play this season is now your best spokesman?
The 49ers' pass protection enabled Garoppolo to look calm and unaffected by the Chicago pass rush. Matt Breida added 45 yards on 15 rushes.
Sunday marked Gould's first game at Soldier Field since Fox and general manager Ryan Pace released the franchise's all-time leading scorer prior to Week 1 of the 2016 regular season. The Bears came into Sunday's game allowing fewer than 216 passing yards per contest this fall - though part of that low number is thanks to run-heavy offenses grinding out the clock with big leads in the middle of Chicago's 3-8 start.
Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky wasn't bad, but the Bears need to let him do more.
Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky (12-for-15, 102 yards, a touchdown, two sacks) improved from his bad outing last week against the Eagle, but that should have been expected. Jordan Howard finished with just 38 yards on 13 carries, and he was particularly ineffective between the tackles. Trubiskiy recovered his own fumble.
And though the defense kept the 49ers out of the end zone, their lack of aggressiveness hurt them at times. Among the 49ers inactive players were defensive linemen Tank Carradine and Aaron Lynch.
The Bears defense allowed two 49ers receivers to eclipse 90-yards receiving.
Bears return man Tarik Cohen, a rookie from North Carolina A&T, turned what looked like a major negative into a 61-yard touchdown after fielding Bradley Pinion's second-quarter punt. And Gould scored all 15 points, including the game-winning field goal with less than 10 seconds left. The presence of star special teamer Raheem Mostert was certainly missed.
Oh, and Robbie Gould got his ultimate revenge.
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