San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo Breaks Foot During Victory. Is The Team Doomed?

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo broke his left foot during the first quarter of the 49ers’ win Sunday over the Miami Dolphins.

Rookie seventh round pick Brock Purdy took over as San Francisco’s starting quarterback after Garoppolo went down. Purdy threw the football for 210 yards and two touchdowns. It appears that he’s their new starting QB heading forward now that Garoppolo and Trey Lance are both on IR.

Following San Francisco’s sixteen-point win to improve to 8-4 on the season, head coach Kyle Shanahan announced during the postgame press conference that Jimmy Garoppolo would need to undergo season-ending surgery.

Despite being stacked with talent, the 49ers will almost certainly fall short of their potential without having a veteran quarterback leading them. It’s a shame this injury happened considering how good San Francisco is on both sides of the ball.

The 49ers defense surrenders the fewest yards and fewest points per game, as of Dec. 5. On offense, they have three All-Pro players in their starting lineup. Christian McCaffrey is the star running back, Deebo Samuel is their go to wide-receiver and George Kittle is their dominant, stud tight-end. (RELATED: Matthew Stafford Heads To Injured Reserve With Neck Injury. Will He Bounce Back In 2023?)

San Fran seems to have the players necessary for a successful and long postseason run but losing Jimmy G and Trey Lance really dampens their odds at winning it all. Rookie quarterbacks commonly go through stretches of playing unproductively and I feel like it will be no different with Brock Purdy at some point this season.

No starting quarterback has ever won the Super Bowl during their rookie campaign, and I would be beyond shocked if Purdy is the QB that goes on to be that guy.

It would be cool and all to see Purdy play well, but I think the 49ers would go further in the playoffs if Garoppolo hadn’t broken his foot. I think San Francisco’s chances at winning it all are now minuscule.