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Jimmy Garoppolo on trade to 49ers: It was perfect match and it happened at the right time

Ryan Hannable
January 01, 2018 - 1:42 pm

Jimmy Garoppolo's 2017 season came to an end on Sunday with yet another win, as the 49ers beat the Rams 34-13, although it's worth noting the Rams rested many of their starters.

Garoppolo went 20-for-33 with 292 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions to improve to 5-0 as a starter this year and 7-0 in his career.

"I think it was a good match between the 49ers and myself and myself and the 49ers," Garoppolo said to reporters after the game. "I think it was kind of a perfect match and it just happened at the right time, and good things are coming from it.

"These guys don't look at themselves as an 0-9 team or whatever they were. Great group of guys coming together and great things came from it, so it's a blessing that I came here, and good things are happening."

San Francisco acquired Garoppolo from the Patriots in exchange for a 2018 second-round pick, which appears to be either pick No. 41 or 42 (coin flip at NFL combine between the Raiders and 49ers), as the 49ers finished with a 6-10 record. This is much higher than what was expected at the time of the trade, as at the trade deadline it looked like the 49ers would have the No. 2 or 3 overall pick in the draft.

"We're going to have to regroup next year and I would love to carry this over, but we loved how we finished this year," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. "I get what the guys mean. You know, to win this much at the end of the year, it feels great and you don't want to stop playing, which is unusual when you're not in the playoffs.

"But it's a good feeling that we worked very hard to get to and I think we appreciate it a lot more because we know where we started and where we came from and how we finished. We definitely haven't arrived, but we're happy with how we ended this and we're going to have to go into next year and work to get better and add some guys and make sure we keep the guys on our roster and just continue to get better."

When Garoppolo became the starter the 49ers were 1-10, but his emergence has given the organization a great deal of excitement heading into 2018.

"It's kind of a shame it's coming to an end this year," offensive tackle Joe Staley said. "That's coming from a guy who is in Year 11 and 33 years old. I just wish we had more games because I feel definitely we are trending in the right direction and I feel like we have a special team here. I'm excited to get moving forward to the offseason and into next year."

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