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49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo steps out of end zone over safety concerns, former Lions QB feels vindicated


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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo seemed to lose sight of where he was in the end zone in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.

Garoppolo and the 49ers were stuck near their own end zone. Garoppolo took a few steps back into the pocket and didn’t see his feet were out of bounds. Because Garoppolo was in the back of the end zone, the Broncos got two points and the ball.

Denver Broncos linebacker Randy Gregory (5) gestures after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was called for a safety during the second half of an NFL football game in Denver, on Sunday September 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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Former Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky immediately became the talk of the town on social media when Garoppolo went out of bounds. Orlovsky in the back of the end zone trying to escape a Minnesota Vikings blitz during a game in October 2008.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game in Denver on Sunday, September 25, 2022.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game in Denver on Sunday, September 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Orlovsky, now an NFL analyst for ESPN, felt vindicated.

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Garoppolo’s safety made it 7-5 with the 49ers leading. Mike Purcell was credited with the sack.

Garoppolo was making his first start of the 2022 season. Trey Lance was out for the remainder of the year after suffering an ankle injury in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo smiles in the group during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver on Sunday, September 25, 2022.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo smiles in the group during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver on Sunday, September 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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Garoppolo was named the starter for the remainder of the season. He was originally wanted for a trade, but the 49ers couldn’t find a suitor and instead narrowed his deal down to becoming a free agent the next offseason without San Francisco using the franchise tag on him. .

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