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What Jimmy Garoppolo said after the 49ers lost Super Bowl LIV

"We're a young team. We've got a very bright future. We've got to take this in stride, remember this feeling."

Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Jimmy Garoppolo was understandably disappointed after the San Francisco 49ers lost, 31-20, to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, but he was also encouraged about his team’s long-term potential.

The 49ers quarterback, who finished 20-for-31 for 219 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, said it was easy to tell how upset everyone in the locker room was after the game, but that the team will use the loss as motivation.

“We’re a young team,” Garoppolo told reporters. “We’ve got a very bright future. We’ve got to take this in stride, remember this feeling.”

He acknowledged he’s never experienced anything quite like this, calling it “unreal,” then adding that it “is what it is.” Garoppolo said the Chiefs played a “hell of a game” and were the better team Sunday, yet he also noted that the 49ers missed out on some plays that they usually make.

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After the Chiefs’ improbable comeback, Garoppolo still had a chance to engineer a game-winning drive with his team down 24-20 and 2:44 remaining. He brought the 49ers from their own 15 into Chiefs territory, then threw three incompletions and was sacked on fourth down.

“Those are the moments you dream of and everything,” he said. “We got rolling on the right note. We just couldn’t finish it off. It’s tough.”

Garoppolo called the 49ers an incredible group, and unlike any team he’s ever been a part of. The 49ers had the 18th-best odds to win it all entering the season (+3600) on FanDuel, and they ended up coming remarkably close.

“It’s been a hell of a year with these guys,” Garoppolo said. “Everything we’ve been through, from the very start, it’s an incredible story.”

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