49ERS quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo made a huge mistake on Sunday Night Football – to the delight of former NFL star Dan Orlovsky.
Jimmy G, 30, will be San Francisco’s starter for the remainder of the season after Trey Lance suffered a broken ankle in Week 2.
But he’ll likely want to forget most of a dismal 11-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.
One game in particular will give Garoppolo nightmares after giving Denver the easiest two points they’ll win this season.
With his team leading 7-3, the former Patriot fell deep into his own end zone while desperate for a downfield target.
But as the pressure from the Broncos defense mounted, Garoppolo kept falling – until he committed the mortal sin of kicking wide under the post.
He managed to tie off a throw that slammed into Bradley Chubb’s hands and would have been an easy pick-six.
But with Garappolo out, the 49ers only gave up possession and two points.
The incident was quickly likened to a blooper with Orlovsky pulling a similar bang during the Detroit Lions’ infamous 0-16 season beginning in 2008.
After snagging the ball in the end zone against New England, Orlovsky never checked his feet and hilariously continued the game despite being miles out of bounds.
And nobody was happier than the former Lions quarterback to see another NFL player make the same rookie mistake — albeit more than a decade later.
The current ESPN analyst tweeted, “I’VE NEVER BEEN HAPPIER. FFFFREEEEEDDDOOMMMM.”
While the tweet garnered more than 150,000 likes, fans were in hysterics over Garoppolo’s mistake.
One wrote: “Jimmy G is now Broncos MVP.”
While another added: “Omg he went full Orlovsky”.
Garoppolo had been heavily linked with a move from The Niners during the offseason.
But he stayed with the organization after negotiating a one-year, $6.5 million deal.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan refused to blame his quarterback for the mistake after the game, saying his O-line should have provided better protection.
He said: “That was a difficult situation I put him in – this unblocked guy is coming.
“I wish we had had time for the big game and could have done without it. But that was a difficult situation that I put him in.”
While Jimmy G added: “Overall it’s been a sloppy day.
“I think we really had a clean drive and got points from it. Apart from that, the defense kept us in this game.
“But overall just a sloppy day.”
The 49ers slipped to 2-1 after losing to the Broncos, with home quarterback Russell Wilson grabbing his second W of the season.
Next, they face Super Bowl champion LA Rams on Monday Night Football.
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