We once wrote about the 49ers with some frequency. Not so much the past couple of years, as the almost unwatchable team piled up losses at home and on the road. But yesterday may have been the beginning of better days.
It was one win, against a Chicago Bears team with a horrible record all its own — just three wins in 12 games. But it was in Chicago, and Jimmy Garoppolo was starting his first game at quarterback for the 49ers due to an injury to previous starter C.J. Beathard. There was something almost magical about his performance.
Chronicle writer Eric Branch describes it this way in his report on the game:
“In his third career start, and his first with his new team, Garoppolo punctuated a performance marked by poise and precision by directing a 14-play, 86-yard drive capped by Robbie Gould’s 24-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to give the 49ers a 15-14 win over the Bears.”
With their new quarterback running the show, the 49ers had their most third-down conversions (10 of 18) since 2007, and won on the road for only the third time in 22 games.
Maybe General Manager John Lynch and Coach Kyle Shanahan knew what they were doing earlier this year when they sent a second-round pick in next spring’s draft to New England for Garoppolo.
Only time will tell. But at least for one day, it looked like the 49ers were back on the road to some respectability.