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Jimmy Garoppolo Trails Only Patrick Mahomes in Key Passing Stat

Tyler Maher
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo is playing almost as well as Patrick Mahomes in key situations.
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo is playing almost as well as Patrick Mahomes in key situations. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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When it comes to NFL quarterbacks, nobody is going to mistake Jimmy Garoppolo for Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes is an MVP, a Super Bowl champion and one of the greatest passers in NFL history. Garoppolo is...none of those things.

But the San Francisco 49ers QB is solid in his own right, and perhaps isn't getting as much credit as he deserves. In one stat, at least, he's been almost as good as Mahomes this year.

Jimmy Garoppolo Week 10

Garoppolo kept coming up big for the 49ers in critical spots during their 22-16 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football during Week 10. When facing 3rd-and-8 or longer, he was nearly flawless, completing 6 of 7 passes for 90 yards and notching 4 first downs.

Sunday's performance wasn't a fluke, either, as Garoppolo has been exceptional on 3rd-and-long situations all season. His 45.2% conversion rate on such plays ranks second only to Mahomes, who's just a bit ahead of him at 46.9%.

Say what you want about Garoppolo, but that's an impressive stat no matter how you slice it. Those are incredibly challenging situations for a quarterback, as the defense knows he's going to pass. They're often the types of plays that make or break a game, as they're usually the difference between moving the chains or a drive stalling out.

Most of the time, Garoppolo is nothing like Mahomes. But on 3rd-and-long at least, they're almost identical.

The 31-year-old will have the chance to show off again in primetime during Week 11 as the 49ers travel to the desert for Monday Night Football against the Arizona Cardinals. San Francisco is currently listed as an 8-point road favorite on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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