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Jimmy Time! Garoppolo leads 49ers to third straight win

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) As his ecstatic teammates rushed Robbie Gould to celebrate the kicker's game-winning field goal, Jimmy Garoppolo slowly walked the other way despite his own spectacular first home start and pulling off a wild December win against a playoff contender.

He shared a quick hug near the sideline with Marquise Goodwin, who had quite a day of his own after losing his father last week.

Garoppolo led one final scoring drive in the closing seconds to cap a fantastic first full game at Levi's Stadium, Gould kicked a 45-yard field goal as time expired, and the San Francisco 49ers topped the Tennessee Titans 25-23 on Sunday.

''We're a young team, we're learning how to win,'' Garoppolo said. ''I think these close games will pay off in the long run, I think for next year and everything.''

Garoppolo threw for a career-high 381 yards and a touchdown during a dominant day to give the 49ers (4-10) a three-game winning streak in a lost season - and three straight comeback victories. And Tom Brady's former understudy showed he could do it at home as well as on the road - and against a playoff contender, no less - outdueling Marcus Mariota down the stretch as the teams traded field goals.

Gould kicked three of his six field goals over the final nine minutes: 50, 48 and 45 yards and has now gone 20 consecutive without a miss.

He put the Niners out front on a 48-yarder with 3:08 remaining. Mariota then drove the Titans (8-6) to a lead as Ryan Succop kicked a 50-yard field goal with 1:07 to play.

Then, Garoppolo and the San Francisco offense got one last shot.

It took three tries this season, and first-year coach Kyle Shanahan finally found his reliable, playmaking quarterback after acquiring Garoppolo from New England at the October trade deadline.

''He's been just as good as advertised, if not better,'' Shanahan said.

Garoppolo showed that in 67 seconds - the same amount of time he had left Sunday - when forced into late action in a loss to Seattle three weeks ago at Levi's Stadium, then in back-to-back road games before shining again.

''I think the 49ers got a quarterback,'' Titans safety Kevin Byard said.

Goodwin, who already dealt with the death of his premature son last month, made 10 catches for 114 yards and Garoppolo completed 31 of 43 passes to go over 300 yards passing for the second straight game after last week's win at Houston.

Mariota put Tennessee ahead on an 8-yard touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews early in the fourth as the Titans rallied back from an early 13-point deficit.

The 49ers were in good position the ensuing possession before Garoppolo was sacked by Wesley Woodyard for a 10-yard loss. Then, Gould converted a 50-yarder.

Tennessee came out of intermission a new team, totaling 22 offensive plays to San Francisco's five in the third quarter.

Garoppolo became the first 49ers quarterback since the merger in 1970 to win each of his first three starts and just the second QB to do so in franchise history. Y.A. Tittle did so spanning the 1951-52 seasons.

He threw a 5-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to tight end Garrett Celek - whose great play in recent weeks has earned the nickname of ''Celek Time.'' Celek later had a 41-yard catch.

''Yeah, Celek Time. That guy, he always finds a way,'' Garoppolo said.

Garoppolo didn't even have Trent Brown to block for him after the right tackle went on injured reserve with a right shoulder injury that will require surgery. Mariota threw a 4-yard TD pass to former 49er Delanie Walker late in the first half to keep the Titans close.

Garoppolo was 5 of 6 passing on his opening possession as San Francisco mixed its play calls well to catch the stingy Titans defense off guard. Gould's 38-yarder capped the 12-play, 64-yard initial drive. Gould hit a 48-yarder late in the first and then kicked one from 28 yards just before halftime.

The Titans dropped back-to-back road games against the NFC West after losing last week to the Cardinals and staying in Arizona for the week of practice. It could affect their playoff chances.

Their first visit to Levi's Stadium - Tennessee last played the Niners on the road at Candlestick in November 2009 - began slowly, the team's second straight week playing a stadium for the initial time.

Mariota, in the midst of one of the worst stretches of his three-year career, threw for 241 yards while completing 23 of 33 passes.

DEFENSIVE FLOP

Tennessee's typically tough defense was a far cry from that dominant unit in the first half.

Garoppolo threw for 189 yards and the Niners outgained the Titans 219-136 in the first half. The 49ers didn't punt until more than midway through the third quarter.

Last week, the Titans allowed only four field goals, the second time this season they'd done so.

INJURIES

Titans: CB Logan Ryan sustained an ankle injury in the second quarter.

49ers: WR Aldrick Robinson suffered a concussion in the first quarter. He went to the locker room with head and wrist injuries after he was hit hard by Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson along the Tennessee sideline. Robinson was stretching out trying to make a catch when he got slammed and went down for several minutes with 5:24 to go in the opening quarter.

UP NEXT

Titans: Host Rams next Sunday and home the final two weeks.

49ers: Host Jaguars next Sunday.

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Key Players
M. Mariota 8 QB
241 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 4 RuYds
21
FPTS
J. Garoppolo 10 QB
381 PaYds, PaTD
21
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
R.Gould 45 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Nelson, Holder-B.Pinion.
7
plays
48
yds
1:07
pos
23
25
Field Goal 1:07
R.Succop 50 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-B.Brinkley, Holder-B.Kern.
11
plays
43
yds
2:01
pos
23
22
Field Goal 3:08
R.Gould 48 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Nelson, Holder-B.Pinion.
7
plays
57
yds
3:20
pos
20
22
Field Goal 8:27
R.Gould 50 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Nelson, Holder-B.Pinion.
8
plays
51
yds
5:04
pos
20
19
Point After TD 13:31
R.Succop extra point is GOOD, Center-B.Brinkley, Holder-B.Kern.
plays
yds
pos
20
16
Touchdown 13:31
M.Mariota pass short middle to R.Matthews for 8 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
12
plays
84
yds
7:01
pos
19
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 8:29
R.Succop 31 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-B.Brinkley, Holder-B.Kern. PENALTY on SF-E.Reid, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, 15 yards, enforced between downs.
14
plays
62
yds
6:31
pos
13
16
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:29
R.Succop extra point is GOOD, Center-B.Brinkley, Holder-B.Kern.
plays
yds
pos
10
16
Touchdown 0:29
M.Mariota pass short right to D.Walker for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
79
yds
1:08
pos
9
16
Field Goal 1:37
R.Gould 28 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Nelson, Holder-B.Pinion.
10
plays
36
yds
2:50
pos
3
16
Point After TD 5:30
R.Gould extra point is GOOD, Center-K.Nelson, Holder-B.Pinion.
plays
yds
pos
3
13
Touchdown 5:30
J.Garoppolo pass short right to G.Celek for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
17
plays
85
yds
8:36
pos
3
12
Field Goal 14:06
R.Succop 40 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-B.Brinkley, Holder-B.Kern.
12
plays
53
yds
5:29
pos
3
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:35
R.Gould 48 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Nelson, Holder-B.Pinion.
7
plays
38
yds
2:03
pos
0
6
Field Goal 8:51
R.Gould 38 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Nelson, Holder-B.Pinion.
12
plays
64
yds
6:09
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 27:25 32:35
1st Downs 23 23
Rushing 7 2
Passing 14 20
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 6-12 7-14
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 328 414
Total Plays 62 68
Avg Gain 5.3 6.1
Net Yards Rushing 90 51
Rush Attempts 28 22
Avg Rush Yards 3.2 2.3
Net Yards Passing 238 363
Comp. - Att. 23-33 31-43
Yards Per Pass 7.2 8.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-3 3-18
Penalties - Yards 3-22 7-70
Touchdowns 2 1
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 2 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 2-55.5 1-43.0
Return Yards 21 77
Punts - Returns 1-0 1-12
Kickoffs - Returns 1-21 4-65
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 5/5 7/7
Extra Points 2/2 1/1
Field Goals 3/3 6/6
Red Zone Eff. 2-3 -67% 1-4 -25%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-2 -100% 1-2 -50%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Titans 8-6 01031023
49ers 4-10 6100925
238 PASS YDS 363
90 RUSH YDS 51
328 TOTAL YDS 414
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Mariota 8 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.7% 241 2 0 110.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.8% 2823 12 14 79.7
M. Mariota 23/33 241 2 0 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Murray 29 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 59 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
169 611 5
D. Murray 18 59 0 11 5
D. Henry 22 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
140 668 5
D. Henry 7 19 0 10 1
T. Taylor 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 38 0
T. Taylor 1 8 0 8 0
M. Mariota 8 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
47 228 5
M. Mariota 2 4 0 2 21
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
R. Matthews 18 WR
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 95 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 50 740 4
R. Matthews 8 6 95 1 25 15
E. Decker 87 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 63 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 45 472 1
E. Decker 5 5 63 0 17 6
D. Walker 82 TE
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 5 37 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 68 755 3
D. Walker 10 5 37 1 13 7
C. Davis 84 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 28 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 284 0
C. Davis 5 3 28 0 13 2
D. Henry 22 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 64 0
D. Henry 2 2 9 0 8 1
J. Smith 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 132 2
J. Smith 1 1 5 0 5 0
D. Murray 29 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 36 255 1
D. Murray 1 1 4 0 4 5
L. Stocker 88 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 18 1
L. Stocker 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Jackson 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
56-9 0 0.0
A. Jackson 8-0 0.0 0 0
W. Woodyard 59 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
79-37 0 5.0
W. Woodyard 7-3 1.0 0 0
A. Williamson 54 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-33 0 3.0
A. Williamson 6-0 1.0 0 0
K. Byard 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
54-22 6 0.0
K. Byard 5-0 0.0 0 0
J. Brown 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-12 0 1.0
J. Brown 5-0 1.0 0 0
L. Sims 36 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-5 1 0.0
L. Sims 5-0 0.0 0 0
L. Ryan 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-12 0 0.0
L. Ryan 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Cyprien 37 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-15 0 1.0
J. Cyprien 3-3 0.0 0 0
S. Williams 96 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
S. Williams 2-0 0.0 0 0
E. Walden 93 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-9 0 4.0
E. Walden 2-3 0.0 0 0
J. Casey 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-15 0 5.0
J. Casey 2-2 0.0 0 0
B. McCain 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
B. McCain 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Johnson 94 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-7 0 1.0
A. Johnson 2-0 0.0 0 0
K. Dodd 92 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
K. Dodd 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Searcy 21 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-11 1 0.0
D. Searcy 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Orakpo 98 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-13 0 6.0
B. Orakpo 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Succop 4 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
29/35 29/30
R. Succop 3/3 50 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Kern 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 55.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
62 51.6 22
B. Kern 2 55.5 1 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Jackson 25 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
22 21.3 48 0
A. Jackson 1 21.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Jackson 25 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
28 9.3 46 0
A. Jackson 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Garoppolo 10 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.1% 381 1 0 106.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.7% 1026 3 2 98.0
J. Garoppolo 31/43 381 1 0 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Hyde 28 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
204 796 5
C. Hyde 16 25 0 8 3
M. Breida 22 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
82 319 1
M. Breida 5 16 0 6 1
M. Goodwin 11 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 34 0
M. Goodwin 1 10 0 10 12
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Goodwin 11 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 10 114 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 51 897 1
M. Goodwin 13 10 114 0 18 12
K. Bourne 84 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 85 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 217 0
K. Bourne 6 4 85 0 54 8
G. Celek 88 TE
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 63 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 308 4
G. Celek 3 3 63 1 41 12
G. Kittle 85 TE
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 52 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 36 373 1
G. Kittle 5 4 52 0 24 5
T. Taylor 81 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 40 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 38 382 1
T. Taylor 5 4 40 0 17 4
K. Juszczyk 44 FB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 220 1
K. Juszczyk 4 2 16 0 9 1
C. Hyde 28 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 54 321 0
C. Hyde 2 2 14 0 8 3
A. Robinson 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 236 1
A. Robinson 2 1 3 0 3 0
L. Paulsen 82 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
L. Paulsen 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Garoppolo 10 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 -6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 -6 0
J. Garoppolo 1 1 -6 0 -6 21
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Buckner 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-14 0 2.5
D. Buckner 7-2 0.5 0 0
R. Foster 56 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-10 0 0.0
R. Foster 7-1 0.0 0 0
E. Reid 35 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
42-14 2 0.0
E. Reid 6-2 0.0 0 0
D. Johnson 36 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
59-7 0 0.0
D. Johnson 6-0 0.0 0 0
A. Colbert 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-3 0 0.0
A. Colbert 5-0 0.0 0 0
B. Coyle 50 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-17 0 0.0
B. Coyle 4-1 0.0 0 1
A. Witherspoon 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-3 1 0.0
A. Witherspoon 3-0 0.0 0 0
S. Day 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 1.0
S. Day 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Thomas 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-6 0 2.0
S. Thomas 2-1 0.0 0 0
P. Taumoepenu 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Taumoepenu 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Marsh 54 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-4 0 2.0
C. Marsh 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Mitchell 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-12 0 1.0
E. Mitchell 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Williams 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-9 0 1.0
K. Williams 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. Carradine 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 1.5
T. Carradine 0-1 0.5 0 0
L. Hall 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
L. Hall 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Gould 9 K
19
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
6/6 1/1
SEASON FG XP
36/38 19/20
R. Gould 6/6 50 1/1 19
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Pinion 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 43.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
70 43.4 29
B. Pinion 1 43.0 0 43
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Breida 22 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 16.3 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 16.3 28 0
M. Breida 4 16.3 28 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Taylor 81 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
25 9.3 39 0
T. Taylor 1 12.0 12 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:51 TEN 25 2:13 3 2 Punt
4:35 TEN 25 5:29 12 53 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
5:30 TEN 25 1:03 3 17 Fumble
1:37 TEN 21 1:08 6 79 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TEN 25 6:31 14 62 FG
5:32 TEN 16 7:01 12 84 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:27 TEN 25 1:59 4 3 Punt
3:08 TEN 25 2:01 11 43 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SF 16 6:09 12 64 FG
6:38 SF 33 2:03 7 38 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:06 SF 15 8:36 17 85 TD
4:27 TEN 46 2:50 10 36 FG
0:29 SF 25 0:29 1 1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:29 SF 15 2:57 5 19 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:31 SF 17 5:04 8 51 FG
6:28 SF 13 3:20 7 57 FG
1:07 SF 25 1:07 7 48 FG