Can Jimmy Garoppolo Lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl?

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Jan 28, 2022, 11:59 AM

While his passing numbers and quarterback rating aren’t on the same level as Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo knows how to win. In his career, Garoppolo is 33-14 and has a sparkling 4-1 record in the postseason, including a Super Bowl appearance.

If he can lead the San Francisco 49ers past the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, it would be his second Super Bowl appearance in the last five years. The current football betting odds have the 49ers as +3.5 underdogs on the road, so let’s have a look at what it would take for Garoppolo to pull off the upset.

Game Details

Here is the information to know about this game:

  • Who: 49ers at Rams
  • When: Sunday, Jan. 30th
  • Time: 6:30 P.M. EST
  • Venue: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA

Jimmy Garoppolo Stats

After the 49ers took Trey Lance with the third overall pick in last year’s draft, many San Francisco fans wondered if Jimmy Garoppolo had played his last game in a Niners uniform. It turns out he hadn’t, and now he’s leading his team to the NFC Championship game.

Garoppolo’s numbers aren’t spectacular, but he’s done enough to complement a powerhouse run game and sturdy defense. On the season, he threw for 3,810 yards to go with 20 TDs and 12 picks to captain the 49ers to a 10-7 record.

He’s continued to win in the playoffs but has looked shaky at times. He still hasn’t thrown a touchdown in the postseason and has tossed a couple of untimely interceptions, but the 49ers have still made it to the NFC Championship game. In two playoff games, he’s thrown for 303 yards and two interceptions.

Proven Big Game Ability

There’s something to be said about a quarterback that finds a way to win, regardless of their stats. Jimmy Garoppolo has done that his entire career and has continued to do so this season.

In one of his best performances to date, he led the 49ers to an improbable Week 18 victory against the Rams. That game featured a spectacular last-minute touchdown drive in which he drove the length of the field with no timeouts to tie the game and send it to overtime.

They needed that road victory to get into the playoffs. Since then, they’ve won two other playoff road games against opponents with a combined 13-3 record at home. They’ll continue to play the road warrior role when they head to SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles this Sunday.

49ers at Rams Best Bet: 49ers +3.5

San Francisco swept the season series against Los Angeles this year, and they’ve won the last six matchups between the two, dating back to 2019.

The 49ers are built to keep games close, which they proved as underdogs in their last two playoff victories. They are a balanced team that includes the league’s eighth-ranked offense (365.3 yards per game) and third-ranked defense (307.4 yards per game), which helps them compete with anyone. They also outscored the Rams 58-34 this season and have averaged 145.5 rushing yards in their two games against them. I like them to keep it within 3.5 in this one.

Pick Your Winner

Will Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers get yet another road victory, or will Matthew Stafford continue his quest for his first Super Bowl appearance?

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