Jimmy Garoppolo, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, applauded fans at the Estadio Azteca stadium in Mexico after his side’s 38-10 win against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday. The 31-year-old threw for four touchdowns.
As the final minute ticked off the clock, Garoppolo turned toward the crowd, lifted his hands over his head and started clapping.
“The whole atmosphere tonight, I haven’t played in anything like it,” Garoppolo said in the post-match press conference. “It was electric, the fans were nuts, they were cheering throughout the whole game. It seemed like a soccer game at some points, just the passion they brought. It was really cool. I’d love to do it again.”
“It was really one of those pick your poison type of nights,” Garoppolo added. “They tried to take away the run, so we passed it, and then vice versa. It was a good night.”
The quarterback put on one of his best shows on Monday. It was only the fourth time that he has thrown four touchdowns in a game. Three of those instants have come against the Cardinals. It is also the first time since 2019 that Garoppolo threw more than three TDs in a game.
Garoppolo connected with Brandon Aiyuk twice and as many times with George Kittle for a score. Wide receiver Deebo Samuel also got on the scorecard.
“Man, I love San Francisco, but if we can’t be there, I love to be here,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “This place is awesome. That was one of the coolest experiences I’ve been a part of.”
San Francisco (6-4) has won five of its last seven and is tied with the Seahawks at the top of the NFC West. Garoppolo had another efficient performance, completing 20 of 29 passes for 228 yards.