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The 49ers appeared in control when Johnson returned a deflected interception 50 yards for a TD to put San Francisco up 16-0. "It is contagious. With him talking you know that he is for real".

Perhaps it's merely the Christmas spirit, but I'm optimistic.

The 49ers looked like they might put the game away against the 10-4 Jaguars in the first half. It just has been really good for us. "We have to go back and watch what we did wrong and correct those things".

The frustration boiled over into sideline arguments and several personal fouls, and the Jaguars had little to feel good about after the game.

The sky is the limit for this 49ers' team.

The Patriots will not be playing on wild card weekend and they can thank Jimmy Garoppolo for that.

They have foundational pieces on defense: DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas, Jaquiski Tartt, K'Waun Williams, and the incredible Reuben Foster. They were in no mood to celebrate after the game. Jacksonville had the AFC South wrapped up before they played the 49ers because the Tennessee Titans lost to the Los Angeles Rams 27-23.

Jimmy Garoppolo threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score against the defense that allowed the fewest points in the league, and the 49ers won their fourth straight behind their new quarterback, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 44-33 on Sunday. "We're a better football team than that". I struggle to think of any team that has reversed its fortunes so astoundingly mid-campaign. At that point, the 2017 season was being chalked up as a pre-rebuild year: a campaign just to get the team out of the figurative debt accumulated in the latter years of the Trent Baalke era. We wanted to win the division by winning today.

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"It's awesome. Things are going good right now", Garoppolo said.

All they had to do was add a quarterback.

Riding a wave of energy high unseen in Levi's Stadium, Jimmy Garoppolo threw two touchdowns and completed 70 percent of his passes as the 49ers offense scored 37 points against the top-ranked defense in the league.

The San Francisco 49ers have their quarterback of the future, and he's about to become one of the richest men in professional sports.

Garoppolo, who was well schooled by New England coach Bill Belichick in avoiding bold proclamations, seemed a bit surprised by Hyde's prediction.

That's all it cost to make the 49ers' a winning team (even if just for a month)? Jacksonville's tempers boiled over and turned into costly penalties. Bortles then led two straight touchdown drives to close the half, while Garoppolo was intercepted in the end zone by Barry Church after getting hit on the pass to leave the game tied at 16 at the half.

How much is a team's dignity worth, after all?

That indicates something special is brewing, which is exciting but also stressful since the 49ers' apparent savior has one game remaining on his rookie contract. That's not just empty, rah-rah rhetoric. The success they have enjoyed in recent weeks with Garoppolo at quarterback is something that can be carried over into next season. I joke with him, say he's like a Jugs machine.

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