49ers hope defense gets boost from Jimmy Garoppolo addition

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates after their 15-14 win over the Chicago Bears in an NFL football game in Chicago. Garoppolo looks to follow up a successful first start for the 49ers with another this week against Houston. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) While the addition of Jimmy Garoppolo under center dramatically changed the look of the 49ers’ offense on Sunday, it had a huge impact on the defense as well.

Garoppolo helped San Francisco to control the game by nearly doubling up the Bears in time of possession, 38:47 to 21:13, which meant the defense played a season-low 36 snaps while putting together one of its best performances of the year.

“I honestly felt like I could play another full game after that game,” defensive lineman DeForest Buckner said.

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