49ers general manager John Lynch ‘accidentally and unknowingly’ likes anti-Jimmy Garoppolo tweet

John Lynch had some explaining to do after being a little too careless with his Twitter fingers.

The 49ers general manager made waves on social media after Twitter users discovered that Lynch had liked a tweet about Jimmy Garoppolo. The San Francisco quarterback struggled in a 20-17 loss to the Titans on Thursday night, throwing two interceptions and missing an open receiver for an easy touchdown. Plenty of 49ers fans wanted to see rookie Trey Lance replace Garoppolo not only in that game, but also for the rest of the season.

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One account in particular decided to tag Lynch in a tweet that said, “Leave Jimmy in Nashville.” That tweet was later seen under Lynch’s likes, but it has since been unliked.

Lynch posted a message on Friday night explaining the social-media snafu.

“Apparently — while in Christmas Eve Mass [with] my family — I accidentally and unknowingly liked a tweet,” Lynch said. “Never intended to [like the tweet] and remain a huge believer in Jimmy. Merry Christmas to everyone.”

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While it is more entertaining to imagine a scenario in which Lynch is sending messages to his own quarterback through his Twitter likes, this is likely just a case of Lynch scrolling through his mentions and bumping the like button. It is not an uncommon occurrence for users on Twitter’s mobile app.

Garoppolo has the support of his GM for now, but the end of the Jimmy G Era could be coming soon. The 49ers are sixth in the NFC standings as of Saturday, so they could still reach the playoffs. However, if they slip up down the stretch or lose early in the postseason, San Francisco could hand Lance the starting job ahead of the 2022 campaign.