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Garoppolo makes 49ers debut with 1:07 left in game, throws TD pass

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo scrambles for yardage late in game against Seattle. (Don Feria / Associated Press)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo scrambles for yardage late in game against Seattle. (Don Feria / Associated Press)
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was forced into going to Jimmy Garoppolo before anyone wanted to do so.

C.J. Beathard went down with a left leg injury and there came Garoppolo – all of 1:07 left.

Acquired from New England at the trade deadline last month, he immediately scrambled to gain 4 yards and found Louis Murphy for a 10-yard touchdown as time expired in the Seahawks’ 24-13 win over the 49ers on Sunday.

“There’s never an easy situation to go into,” Garoppolo said. “Being the backup, I’ve experienced both ends of it. But you always have to be ready. I’ve been saying it the last four years. You never know when your time is going to come, if it’s going to come. So when it does, you’ve got to take advantage of it.”

Beathard will undergo an MRI exam Monday and said both his left knee and hip were ailing.

“It may just be a bruise to the knee. You don’t know,” he said. “I’m trying to get back out there as soon as possible. Obviously, I don’t think anything’s torn or anything like that. It doesn’t feel like it.”

Beathard was 22 of 38 for 201 yards Sunday before the injury.

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