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49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo calls pancake moment being a ‘football player’

Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers were able to advance in the playoffs after Saturday’s victory and Jimmy Garoppolo gained some fans after throwing an impressive block on Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. The 49ers’ quarterback called the pancake moment being a “football player.”

“I had to get a pancake on the stat sheet, so I’m pretty happy about it,” Garoppolo said, via San Francisco Chronicle. “Sometimes you have to remember that you’re not just a quarterback. You’re a football player, too.”

At first, the play appeared to be a trick-play that began with Garoppolo handing the ball to Kyle Juszczyk. But after Juszczyk got the ball, he tossed it to Deebo Samuel and Garoppolo became a lead blocker on the play.

Even though it was an impressive run by Samuel, the 49ers’ wide receiver, all eyes were fixated on Garoppolo’s block. Usually, on these sorts of plays, a quarterback will avoid taking a hit by falling to the ground or getting out of the way.

Instead, Garoppolo channeled his inner Joe Staley to deliver a pancake block on Barr—one of the best linebackers in the NFL. Despite not having to throw the ball much, Garoppolo still made a difference for the 49ers on Saturday.

In his first career start in the postseason, Garoppolo ended with 131 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. With how the flow of the game went, he was only asked to throw the ball 19 times versus the Minnesota Vikings.

On the other hand, San Francisco handed the ball off 47 times and gained 186 yards on the ground. After seeing Garoppolo as a blocker on Saturday, Kyle Shanahan may deploy him as a depth option on the offensive line.