After attempting the fourth-fewest passes ever in an NFL postseason game, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has heard the chatter.
As the Niners begin preparation for Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs, Garoppolo acknowledged Thursday that he knows how he might be viewed in the grand scheme of the offense after his eight pass attempts in the NFC Championship Game.
Not that he’s worried about it.
In fact, Garoppolo is taking a page from cornerback Richard Sherman and using it as motivation.
The approach has clearly worked as the Niners have averaged 235.5 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.29 yards per carry in winning their two postseason games by an average of 17 points per game.
In those two games, Garoppolo has attempted just 27 combined passes for 208 yards. For context, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes has thrown more than 20 passes in the first half of both playoff wins for the Chiefs.
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