Is Jimmy Garoppolo Playing Today vs. Eagles?

Is Jimmy Garoppolo Playing Today vs. Eagles?

The potential of Jimmy Garoppolo playing in the NFC Conference Championship Game was floated by San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan a couple of weeks ago. With the 49ers set to face off against Philadelphia Eagles, should we expect to see Garoppolo on the field?

Is Jimmy Garoppolo Playing Today?

Heading into the NFC Championship Game, we know that Garoppolo will not be suiting up. As he continues to deal with a foot injury, the 49ers’ QB did not practice at all this week and was ruled out on the final injury report. If the 49ers were to make the Super Bowl, there’s a chance that Garoppolo could return with another two weeks to recover.

Garoppolo got the opportunity to start this year when Trey Lance’s season ended with a nasty-looking lower leg injury in Week 2. The 31-year-old QB would go on to play in 11 games, starting 10, before suffering a foot injury early in a Week 13 game against the Miami Dolphins. In his 11 games, Garoppolo threw for 2,437 yards with a 5.2 touchdown rate and a career-best 1.3 interception percentage.

Since the injury, we have seen rookie QB Brock Purdy starting for the 49ers. Purdy had briefly appeared in three games prior to being pressed into a full starting role in Week 13.

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In the final six games of the regular season, Purdy completed more than 67% of his passes for 218 passing yards and 2.17 passing touchdowns per game. Through the first two playoff games, Purdy has 546 passing yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

The offense under Purdy has gone from strength to strength. Over the past eight weeks, San Francisco has averaged roughly 32.6 points per game. With Garoppolo, they were still effective, scoring over 30 points on three occasions, but averaged just 23.9 points per game.

Those numbers will create a really tough decision for the 49ers regarding whether they turn back to Garoppolo or stick with Purdy if the veteran can make it back for the Super Bowl (should the team make it that far).