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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo seemed to lose track of where he was in the end zone in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.
Garoppolo and the 49ers were trapped near their own end zone. Garoppolo took a few steps back into the pocket and didn’t see that his feet were out of bounds. Because Garoppolo was in the back of the end zone, the Broncos received two points and the ball.
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Former Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky was immediately talked about on social media when Garoppolo went out of bounds. Orlovsky in the back of the end zone trying to escape the Minnesota Vikings’ blitz during a game in October 2008.
Orlovsky, now an NFL analyst for ESPN, felt vindicated.
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Garoppolo’s safety made it 7-5 with the 49ers up front. Mike Purcell was blamed for the firing.
Garoppolo was making his first start of the 2022 season. Trey Lance missed the rest of the year after suffering an ankle injury in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks.
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Garoppolo was named the starter for the rest of the season. Initially, they were looking at him for a trade, but the 49ers couldn’t find a suitor and instead restricted the deal for him to become a free agent the next offseason without San Francisco using the franchise tag on him.