The 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo pulls a Dan Orlovsky and accidentally kicks out of the back endzone against the Broncos

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Jimmy Garoppolo made a historic return as the 49ers’ starting quarterback Sunday night against the Broncos. In fact, the NFL hasn’t shown such a spectacle on television since Dan Orlovsky. Garoppolo dueled Russell Wilson in prime time, leading San Francisco 7-3 midway through the third quarter. Just then, the veteran quarterback, being pressured in his own end zone, accidentally stepped forward out his own end zone, rewards Denver with a safety and secures his place in future NFL gag roles.

Garoppolo operated from the 49ers’ 2-yard line after a strategic punt by Corliss Waitman and left behind while Broncos defenseman Mike Purcell chased him. He got rid of the ball, but not before crossing the end zone baseline with both feet. And get this: The security that put Denver back two points and the ball might have been even better for the 49ers than if Garoppolo had stayed inbound as his last-second pass headed for a potential pick six.

Safety cut San Francisco’s lead to 7-5, and the Broncos missed a possible go-ahead field goal on their subsequent drive. However, no one celebrated more than Orlovsky himself, the former Lions backup who went viral for his infamous Endzone drop in 2008. That year, Orlovsky jumped in for an 0-16 team, dodging while dodging Vikings pass rusher Jared Allen, who never realized he clearly kicked out of bounds early in the game.

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