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49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo walks out of end zone for safety, former Lions QB feels vindicated


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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.

Denver Broncos linebacker Randy Gregory (5) gestures after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was called out by a safety during the second half of a Denver Broncos football game the NFL in Denver on Sunday, September 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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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.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game in Denver, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game in Denver, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo smiles in the huddle during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo smiles in the huddle during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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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.



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