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49’ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo Hears the Critics, Not Worried About Them

With Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes getting all the headlines between the QB’s in prep for Super Bowl 54, Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t worried about all the outside noise.

“Everyone has different ways to get motivated, and very similar to Sherm, I do the same thing,” Garoppolo said, via ESPN.

“I hear all the stuff and everything, but you can’t put that all out there all the time. You have to do with it what you will and take it for what it is. Just at the end of the day, you’ve got to go out there and play football.”

Garoppolo hasn’t had to go out on his own a win a game thus far this postseason, but with the way the Chiefs can put up points, he may be called upon for a much bigger role a week from Sunday.

“We’ve had plenty of games this season where we’ve really had to lean on him heavily to win the games for us, and he’s come through every single time,” 49ers tackle Joe Staley said.

“I think that’s a storyline because we didn’t throw the ball obviously the last game, but we didn’t need to. I think that’s also a strength of Kyle, is that he’s going to do whatever it takes to win the game. And whatever he feels is working the best, is what we’re going to do.

“That doesn’t fall on Jim’s shoulders at all. It’s a complete team effort. And I think that’s another example of this team being very selfless in what we’re doing, is that you have the quarterback could care less if he throws 500 yards or if he throws for 10. He just wants to win the game, and the whole entire team is like that.”

In 2019, Jimmy G was the only QB to rank top five in completion percentage (69.1, fifth), pass yards per attempt (8.4; third), and pass TDs (27; tied for fifth).

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