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Backstory 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo’s winning TD pass to Jeff Wilson

SANTA CLARA — As backstories go, the 49ers own an entertaining and well-scripted one that led to Jimmy Garoppolo’s go-ahead, last-minute touchdown pass Sunday to Jeff Wilson Jr.

A replay review, which confirmed a first-down call, afforded time the 49ers to put their master plan in motion.

“Honestly we were in the huddle initially and it was Tevin (Coleman) next to me. Then I went to the sideline, talked to Kyle, came back in and all of a sudden it was Jeff next to me,” Garoppolo said.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 17: San Francisco 49ers’ Jeff Wilson Jr. (30) runs towards the end zone to score a touchdown to give his team a late lead over the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth quarter of their game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group) 

“You’ve got to tip your hat to him to be ready in that situation. As big as a moment as that was, it was his first offensive snap, and to do that, it’s incredible. I’m so happy for him.”

Dissecting the play of the game was an exercise all 49ers enjoyed doing after their a 36-26 comeback win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Wilson, a day after his 24th birthday, hadn’t touched the ball all day. He hadn’t touched it since Oct. 27, three games ago. But he practiced this pivotal play in practice, as all 49ers running backs had since training camp.

“Jeff’s amazing at it,” running back Raheem Mostert said. “He can get open. He does a great job one-on-one, getting his opportunity and killing it.”

Leading rusher Matt Breida, who was inactive because of an ankle injury, heard coach Kyle Shanahan dial up what would be the perfect play call against the perfect look, that being an all-out blitz by the Cardinals.

“Kyle was, ‘Put Jeff in. We want Jeff.’ And, boom, he executed it. Awesome,” Breida said.

Shanahan called it “neat” to watching Wilson pump his knees high to warm up for a play that would give the 49ers their go-ahead points in a game they once trailed 16-0 and twice blew second-half leads.



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