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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo has started his tenure with San Francisco better than any quarterback has done with a new team.
The player who brought hope to the 49ers after three-plus years of struggles in San Francisco will be in for his toughest test yet this week.
Garoppolo and the 49ers (4-10) host the playoff-bound Jacksonville Jaguars (10-4) on Sunday, facing their punishing defense that leads the NFL in fewest points allowed, most sacks and lowest yards per play against.
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“I look forward to it a lot, for our whole team,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I do believe that they have as much qualities as anyone that it takes to win a Super Bowl; a top defense, a very good running game, a good offense, good special teams. When you see a team like that on tape that you believe has that ability, it’s a good thing, it’s a good challenge for your team to go against them and see where you’re at.”
The Niners have done quite well since making Garoppolo the starter earlier this month in Chicago. He joined Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle as the only 49ers quarterbacks to win his first three starts with the franchise and is the first quarterback to do that with any team while throwing for at least 1,000 yards in those games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
That performance is not lost on the Jaguars, who can clinch their first division title since 1999 with a win.
“He is a really good NFL quarterback,” coach Doug Marrone said. “We know that. That’s on film. That’s on tape. That’s not something we have to fabricate or make him seem better than he is. He’s as good as