SANTA CLARA — This Sunday, Jimmy Garoppolo will face his biggest NFL test yet: The Minnesota Vikings defense.
He never has faced a defense quite like it. It ranked No. 1 in the NFL last season. The best defense Garoppolo played against belonged to the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, and it was extremely talented. It ranked No. 2.
Of course, Garoppolo shredded it.
He passed for 242 yards and two touchdowns, and the 49ers scored 44 points.
But that Jaguars defense was young and immature. After falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter, their players screamed at each other on the sideline. They fell apart. Plus, they were on the road, using the same coverage scheme the 49ers defense uses, which is the same coverage scheme Garoppolo faces in practice every day: Cover 3.
Now, Garoppolo will play on the road against a veteran defense that uses a scheme he has not seen.
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