SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 18: San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Trey Lance (5) scrambles against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo emerged from the interview room Sunday to a cheering throng of fans chanting his name. He signed some autographs, flashed his trademark smile and then turned to head for the locker room.

It’s a scene that has played out often since Garoppolo arrived in 2017 because he wins a lot of games. But this time it was different. Garoppolo finished off this win off the bench after agreeing to take a restructured deal to back up Trey Lance.

The season wasn’t even five quarters old when the 49ers cashed in an insurance policy that could save their season.

It’s hard to figure who looks smarter at this point, the franchise or Garoppolo, the quarterback who was pushed aside for Lance but swallowed his pride and returned to Levi’s Stadium Sunday a conquering hero in a 27-7 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

With 2:33 left in the first quarter, Lance cut upfield on a read option, was hit by Seattle linebacker Cody Barton, and his right ankle was bent in such a way that wasn’t meant for the human anatomy.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 18: San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Trey Lance (5) scrambles against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 

It was Lance’s third carry of the game and the second on a power inside run. Such plays are part of the Lance experience, at least until such a time when he can function in the pocket as a drop-back passer.

Out came the medical staff, affixing a blow-up cast to Lance’s ankle. Off went Lance in a cart, done for the year with a fractured ankle that will require surgery.

“I’m comfortable with the players, the scheme, all that stuff,” Garoppolo …read more

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