The Jimmy Garoppolo era in San Francisco may be over.
When the San Francisco 49ers returned to practice on Monday, Jimmy Garoppolo was unable to participate and his status for Sunday is in doubt.
According to Kyle Shanahan, Garoppolo suffered a right thumb sprain when he was sacked by Denico Autry on third and ten with 3:57 left to play in the second quarter of the 49ers 20-17 loss to Tennessee.
Shortly after Shanahan made the announcement to Bay Area media, ESPN’s Adam Schefter sent out the following tweet:
49ers’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a right thumb UCL tear along with a fracture, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 27, 2021
Shanahan also confirmed recent reports that Trey Lance has been practicing really well of late.
“This last month of Trey has been his best consecutive four weeks of practice since we’ve had him,” said Shanahan. “He’s had a number of good days and he’s had some bad days, like most guys do, but as far as his consistency, I feel this last month has been his best.”
If Garoppolo is unable to play at full strength on Sunday, Lance will make the second start of his career on Sunday against Houston and his first at Levi’s Stadium
By virtue of their loss to Tennessee on Thursday night the San Francisco 49ers no longer control their own playoff destiny.
The 49ers (8-7) currently own the sixth seed, however if San Francisco, Philadelphia (8-7) and New Orleans (7-7, play Miami tonight) all win out, the 49ers would be the team sitting on their couches for the playoffs.
The NFL’s tie-breaking procedure for three or more teams starts with division opponents. Since these three teams are not in the same division this does not apply.
Next up is head-to-head sweep, however the 49ers and Saints did not face each other in 2021 so this does not apply.
That brings us to best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference. Philadelphia would get the nod based on an 8-4 conference record compared to 7-5 for both San Francisco and New Orleans.
To break the tie between San Francisco and New Orleans you need to move to the best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
San Francisco and Philadelphia have each faced Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Green Bay. New Orleans would get in over San Francisco based on their 3-3 record compared to 2-4 for San Francisco.