SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo’s 49ers debut was never drawn up like this.
San Francisco preferred to groom him for 2018, giving Tom Brady’s former backup time to get comfortable in a new system, not take chances with the promising young quarterback in a lost season.
Then C.J. Beathard went down with a left leg injury late in the game Sunday, a game that was all but over and had only 1:07 left in an eventual 24-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The score would have been worse without his big arm.