49ers Garoppolo wins NFC honor that eluded Kaepernick

SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo’s spectacular effort that lifted the 49ers on Sunday over the New Orleans Saints also snapped a ridiculously long drought when it comes to NFL honors.

Garoppolo was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month on Wednesday, as named by the NFL’s communications wing.

No 49ers quarterback, not even Colin Kaepernick in his five-year tenure, won that award since Alex Smith for his penultimate start for the franchise in October 2012.

The last time any 49ers won the NFC player-of-the-week honor: 2013, Anquan Boldin, for his season-opening effort.

Garoppolo passed for four touchdowns and 349 yards in Sunday’s 48-46, walk-off win at the Saints, putting the 49ers (11-2) top the NFC playoff race with three games to go.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes in the first half an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) 

The 49ers host the Atlanta Falcons (4-9) on Sunday at 1:25 p.m.

“He’s unbelievable. No matter what happens,” coach Kyle Shanahan said of Garoppolo after Sunday’s win. “He’s had a lot of good games this year. He has made some times where he’s made some mistakes.

“But he’s the same guy every day. Just to be able to deal with that crowd noise and to deal with adversity that went in and out throughout the game, to be able to deal with me, he’s the same and a lot of fun to coach.”

Other 49ers to win NFC player-of-the-week honors this season: defensive end Nick Bosa (twice), linebacker Fred Warner (plus NFC Defensive Player of the Month in November) and punter Mitch Wishnowsky.

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