49ers fans hail Jimmy Garoppolo as he says 'f**k the Packers' after win: 'Make it a ringtone'
San Franciso 49ers veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had some choice words after placekicker Robbie Gould hit the game-winning field goal against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, January 22, thereby winning the NFC Divisional Round 13-10.
It's worth noting that Saturday's game came down to the wire as the 49ers trailed the Packers 10-3 for most of the game. They eventually blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown to tie the game 10-10 late in the fourth quarter, before Gould kicked the game-winning field goal. It wasn't a great game by any means for Garoppolo, who completed 11 of 19 passes for 131 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. The credit for the victory mostly goes to the Niners' defense, aside from Green Bay's miscues, according to the Bleacher Report.
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As the 49ers celebrated their upset victory, Gould found Garoppolo on the field and the two hugged each other. Gould was caught on the microphone saying how good it felt, but Garoppolo topped him by stating three words every Bears fan learns growing up: "F**k the Packers!"
Robbie Gould with the game winning field goal to beat the Packers:— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) January 23, 2022
“Damn that feels good!”
Jimmy Garoppolo finding him for the embrace:
“You’re a f*cking legend man!” pic.twitter.com/89UIc57rST
NFL fans inundated social media with reactions to Garoppolo's outburst. "Hold up, did Robbie [Jimmy] just say "fuck the Packers!" during that exchange?" sports contributor Brendan Sugrue tweeted alongside laughing emoticons. "Jimmy G saying “fuck the Packers” warms my heart #DaBears," actor Matt Newton added.
Jimmy’s “Fuck the Packers” is just so damn pure," one fan wrote. "Lol. Gould showing his inner Chicago Bear with Jimmy G who’s from northern Illinois," another chimed in. "Can we make this into a loop? Or make it into a ringtone for me?" someone else added
Hold up, did Robbie just say "fuck the Packers!" during that exchange?— Brendan Sugrue (@BrendanSugrue) January 23, 2022
Jimmy G saying “fuck the Packers”warms my heart ❤️ #DaBears https://t.co/XdB8VsXpEE— matt newton (@mattnewts) January 23, 2022
Jimmy’s “Fuck the Packers”— Alexis (@TheNotoriousLEX) January 23, 2022
is just so damn pure. pic.twitter.com/hD2HIXP0el
Lol. Gould showing his inner Chicago Bear with Jimmy G who’s from northern Illinois. 😂— Ben (@GiantFanInGB) January 23, 2022
Can we make this into a loop? Or make it into a ringtone for me? 😎— Koula (@koulakarma) January 23, 2022
While Garoppolo may not have given his best performance on Saturday, it's important to note that he came into the game nursing injuries to both his right thumb and shoulder. ESPN's Nick Wagoner highlighted how the signal-caller knew before the game that he would have to tough it out and play well to secure a victory. "It's playoff football," Garoppolo said. "We know what time it is, and there ain't no time to rest right now."
While he did tough it out, Garoppolo's performance was lackluster. As mentioned, he completed just 11 of 19 passes for 131 yards with a passer rating of 57.1. Meanwhile, he threw a brutal interception deep in Packers territory shortly before the first half ended. Despite his poor showing, San Francisco ground out 106 yards and held Green Bay's strong offense to just 263 yards of offense and one touchdown.
Garoppolo will have to improve his game in order to get the Niners into the Super Bowl for the second time in three years. If he manages to make more throws and avoids mistakes, 49ers general manager John Lynch will have an easier pick between him and rookie Trey Lance. Having said that, San Francisco is now set to face either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, January 30.