The 49ers threw five touchdown passes in their thrilling 48-46 road win over the Saints on Sunday. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tossed four of them. The player who was on the receiving end of his second was the gunslinger on the other passing score.
Three offensive plays after wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught a 75-yard touchdown -- the longest TD pass of Garoppolo's career -- San Francisco utilized some trickery against New Orleans, as Sanders took a reverse before tossing a 35-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Raheem Mostert. Sanders actually made a great adjustment to avoid the oncoming rush, and this throw was right on the money.
🚨 Emmanuel Sanders TD pass 🚨 pic.twitter.com/lfanpZR2RE— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) December 8, 2019
It turns out, though, that Jimmy G didn't see it in the moment, and he had a funny explanation as to why.
"I didn't actually get to see it," Garoppolo admitted with a smile following the victory. "I was 'blocking'".
Don't sell yourself short, Jimmy. Another look at the tape reveals that Garoppolo indeed was "blocking" on the right side of the 49ers' offensive line during the developing play, and even threw a shoulder -- the non-throwing one, of course -- into an oncoming rusher.
The play probably would have been successful without Garoppolo's blocking, but his additional effort made it that much more impressive. He might not have seen Sanders' great throw in real-time, but hey, that's what replays are for.
Jimmy Garoppolo had good reason for missing Emmanuel Sanders' TD pass originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area