The 49ers (2-10) will play on the road next week in Houston, who fell to 4-8 with a road loss to Tennessee on Sunday, 24-13.
The new 49ers' signal-caller displayed an excellent rapport with Marquise Goodwin and Trent Taylor, completing all 14 of his pass attempts to that duo, the latter's third-down 33-yard catch-and-run marking the key play as Garoppolo led the Niners down the field from their own 7-yard line and in position for Robbie Gould to kick the game-winning field goal.
The former Patriot gave his team a 3-0 lead behind a 60-yard, game-opening drive, but ran into trouble on his second possession as a tipped ball over the middle led to the first interception of his professional career. Fox essentially handed the 49ers the win. Cohen followed with an electrifying punt-return touchdown in the second quarter as he retreated 15 yards before reversing direction and finding daylight along the left sideline.
Amazingly, his explanation after the game was more baffling than his coaching.
"We talked about (letting the 49ers score), but it would have had to be done at about 1:36 or 1:40 or whatever it was", Fox told reporters.
"It was fun to watch him do some real good things, and it was fun to watch him lead us to a win". By putting his hope in a blocked field goal, he was banking on an outcome that happens less than a 1 percent of the time. He really said that.
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed 12 of 15 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Which option would you take? "You don't know if it's going to come true or not but it's insane how things work out".
But Fox's fate has been sealed since losing to the Packers on November 12.
Chicago Bears lose Battle of the Bad to Robbie Gould, 49ers
Barkley would be cut before the start of the season and Hoyer was ineffective, handing the reins to Beathard - a rookie who threw for fewer than 150 yards per game as a senior last fall at Iowa.
From Connor Barth to Roberto Aguayo to Cairo Santos, the Bears' kicker situation has been a disaster since Gould was let go.
It hasn't been the best season for the Chicago Bears so far but on Sunday, they authored one of the highlights of the 2017 season so far.
"Since I have been around Jimmy", said Shanahan "which has not been that long, he has been the same guy every day - never seems too high, never seems too low, and that is what you want in a quarterback and he kept that throughout the game".
"I$3 didn't leave on bad terms".
While there was plenty to take away from this game and specifically Garoppolo's performance, the most important takeaway was that San Francisco won the game.
"To come in here, get a win like that and kick a game-winner, I don't think I could have written it any better", Gould said.
Meanwhile, on the other side, it couldn't have been written any worse for Pace and Fox.