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Jimmy Garoppolo to make his first start with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday after successful mid-game debut last weekend

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  • The 49ers announced on Tuesday that Jimmy Garoppolo would get the start over C.J. Beathard.
  • Garoppolo got his first bit of playing time with the Niners last week after Beathard went down late in the game with an injury, and he impressed in his short time on the field.
  • It’s still unclear if Garoppolo has the starting job for good now, but regardless Sunday will be the biggest game of the Niners’ season so far.

Jimmy Garoppolo is set to make his first start for the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

The news was announced Tuesday and already has Niners fans looking forward to a glimpse of what their potential franchise quarterback can do over four quarters.

It was speculated that Garoppolo would win the starting job as soon as he landed in San Francisco after a shocking trade sent him from the company of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady all the way across the country to play for the 49ers. But since his arrival, C.J. Beathard had held on to the starting job until this week.

Last Sunday 49ers fans got their first real look at Garoppolo when he came in after Beathard was injured in last Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. While the game was already out of reach when he came in, Garoppolo delighted the home crowd, scoring a touchdown in the final seconds of the game that gave fans reason to hope that he was a player to build around. It was an impressive show of poise in a limited sample.

There’s still no word on if this means Garoppolo has the job for good – Beathard’s injury was factored into head coach Kyle Shanahan’s reasoning for Jimmy G getting the start – but regardless, Sunday will likely be the most excited Sunday of the season so far for 49ers fans.

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