Jimmy Garoppolo’s safety sums up 49ers’ ‘botched day’ in loss to Broncos

Two-point safety proved crucial in a game where both offenses struggled to move the ball.

Coach Kyle Shanahan took the blame for the play call that put Jimmy G in that position.

“It was a tough situation,” Shanahan said. “I put it in, this unblocked guy coming in, I wish we had time for the big play and could have given it up. It was a tough situation.”

The 49ers generated a touchdown on their second drive of the game, but did next to nothing the rest of the way, earning just a field goal in the fourth quarter. The Niners kicked seven times, fumbled twice — including the closest game — and Garoppolo threw a poor interception.

Jimmy G completed 18 of 29 passes for 211 yards, a touchdown and an INT for an 81.2 passer rating on Sunday, his sixth straight start with a passer rating below 100 (including the playoffs).

“He played very well in the first half,” Shanahan said of his QB. “I thought he was making plays, hitting those that were there and then making some more that weren’t there. In the second half, I don’t think anyone in attack did well, even me including and we didn’t really get into rhythm all the time. Our defense did a hell of a job of keeping us in there, but we couldn’t get it going.

The Niners went 1 of 10 on third downs and rarely threatened on the field. The performance summed up why San Francisco planned to leave Jimmy G this season ahead of Trey Lance’s season-ending injury.

Garoppolo missed a host of shots and made mind-numbing errors that left a stellar 49ers defense drying up in a close fight. After undergoing off-season shoulder surgery which scuttled all business opportunities and not taking part in off-season training with the team, Garoppolo admitted he is still getting back into shape.

“My arm is feeling it right now,” he said. “It’s different. You try to do all the training and preparation you can by being number two. I haven’t been through OTAs and training camp so I just have to get in shape and go.”

Sitting at 1-2, Garoppolo and the 49ers have no time to waste with a matchup against Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams on tap in Week 4 on Monday night football.

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