49ers’ game review: Jimmy Garoppolo’s play plummeted after shoulder sprain

It’s possible 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo now has a bum right shoulder because he had a bum right thumb.

After reviewing Sunday’s game, it appears Garoppolo suffered what head coach Kyle Shanahan has termed a “slight” shoulder sprain late in the second quarter of the 49ers’ 23-17 wild-card playoff win in Dallas.

About three minutes before halftime, Garoppolo was hit mid-throw by defensive end Randy Gregory on an incomplete 3rd-and-6 pass and fell on his extended right arm. It can’t be said with certainty, but it appears Garoppolo might have landed awkwardly to avoid bracing his fall with his right hand and fractured thumb.

Right guard Daniel Brunskill helped Garoppolo to his feet by grabbing his right arm – hey, Brunskill didn’t know! – and Garoppolo was grimacing in pain.

Garoppolo didn’t throw another pass in the first half after he’d completed 11-of-14 passes for 133 yards and made pinpoint downfield throws that traveled 10, 11, 12 and 27 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. One example: In the first quarter, on 3rd-and-10 from the 49ers’ 42-yard line, Garoppolo dropped back 10 yards and delivered a pass to the right sideline just before wide receiver Jauan Jennings made his break.

The pass led Jennings perfectly to the sideline for an 11-yard connection. First down. A thing of beauty.

The second half? It was ugly. Garoppolo completed 5-of-11 passes for 39 yards and none of his completions traveled nine yards beyond…

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