Jimmy Garoppolo delivering for 49ers on 'money' down

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers haven’t asked quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to throw much this season, but they’ve consistently asked him to throw when it matters most: on third down.

More often than not, Garoppolo has delivered.

“That’s usually where quarterbacks earn their money,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “You can do a lot of things on first and second down. You can mix in run or pass to even out the game, but on third down, that pass rush is coming. They always have their best coverages and blitzes called. You need a good guy back there.”

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Through eight games, not many teams have a better guy than Garoppolo back there when it comes to third down. Garoppolo is 47-of-65 for 494 yards, four touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 108.1 on third down. His completion percentage ranks second in the NFL,

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