49ers announce Jimmy Garoppolo will start Sunday vs. Bears

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo rolls out against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday Nov. 26 2017 in Santa Clara Calif

The team announced on Tuesday that Garoppolo will be the 49ers starting quarterback against the Chicago Bears in Week 13.

Tuesday's news came down via the 49ers' Twitter account: "49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan met with the team's quarterbacks today and informed them that Jimmy Garoppolo will start this Sunday in Chicago".

The Niners acquired Garoppolo on October 31 from New England for a 2018 second-round pick to be the franchise's long-term quarterback.

Garoppolo was frequently linked with the Bears this offseason during their own quarterback search, and he made his 49ers debut late last week against the Seattle Seahawks, when he went 2-of-2 for 18 yards and a touchdown.


"I think we brought him here because we want him to being the quarterback of the future", Shanahan said when Garoppolo was introduced.

Garoppolo against Seattle replaced rookie C.J. Beathard, who was making his fifth start after displacing veteran Brian Hoyer for the top job Week 6 in Washington. In two starts with the Patriots, he threw four touchdowns, zero interceptions, and had a rating of 120.8. He backed up Tom Brady in New England before getting traded to San Francisco.

Shanahan said Beathard has a knee contusion and a hip strain from a low hit by defensive end Michael Bennett during an incomplete pass on the final drive. Beathard was given the start against the Seahawks after the bye, completing 22 of 38 for 201 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

Garoppolo said after Sunday's 24-13 loss that he was "pretty excited" about the prospect of playing in Soldier Field for the first time since entering the NFL.

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