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49ers Beat Rams 34-13, End Season on Five Game Winning Streak

January 1, 2018 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

The San Francisco 49ers ended their 2017 season on a high note after starting 1-10, winning five games in a row with a new quarterback that gives the team hope for the future. The team capped off their season with a 34-13 win in Los Angeles against the playoff-bound Rams. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo made some mistakes, finishing with two interceptions, but he also had a couple touchdowns which showcased his skill set. Garoppolo ultimately led the charge that has turned this team around.

The Los Angeles Rams already clinched a playoff spot heading into Sunday’s game, so they were resting several starters. QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gurley, and DT Aaron Donald were among several Rams star players that weren’t playing in the game. This made things a bit easier for the 49ers, but the Rams were still playing hard. That fact was very evident in the second quarter when Rams safety Blake Countess laid a brutal hit on wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin scored a touchdown earlier in the half, but his breakout season was over on this hit as he was carted off the field. Niners fans were hopeful that he would be okay when he raised his arms and waved to the crowd as he was being carted off.

Garoppolo had a solid first half, throwing the touchdown to Goodwin and making some good midrange throws to different targets. He struggled a bit more throwing the deep ball, as he had two first half interceptions that both went to Rams cornerback Kevin Perterson. Still, Garoppolo and the offense controlled the game in the first half, racking up almost 3oo yards in total offense and 15 first downs. Running back Carlos Hyde added an 8-yard touchdown before the half, and the 49ers were up 20-6 going into the locker room.

The second half of the game was more of a slog for both teams. The 49ers stuck to their running game as much as they could. Garoppolo struggled a bit more with deeper throws in the second half as well. This is part of the growing pains for a young quarterback learning a new offense on the fly. However, Garoppolo made consecutive throws of 16 and 28 yards midway through the 3rd quarter that set up another Hyde touchdown, this time for five yards. Although Garoppolo sometimes struggled, he showed resilience and didn’t get down on himself when he made mistakes. Garoppolo bounced back early in the fourth quarter hitting wide receiver Aldrick Robinson for a 12-yard touchdown to make the score 34-6.

Both teams played conservatively in the fourth quarter with the game pretty much decided. The Rams stuck to running the ball with backup running back Malcolm Brown. Backup quarterback Sean Mannion made a few throws, but it was clear the Rams weren’t taking any risks at this point. After a long Rams drive, running back Lance Dunbar punched in an 8-yard touchdown run for the touchdown to make the score 34-13. The 49ers kept it conservative and mostly ran the ball when they got it back. The game ended with the same score, and the 49ers finishing the season 6-10 on a five-game winning streak.

There was truly an incredible turnaround in San Francisco after they traded a 2018 second round pick to the New England Patriots to acquire Garoppolo. The team was 1-10, and looked directionless when they made the trade. Now there are rumors that San Francisco will be a hot destination for free agents next season. The issue of Garoppolo’s future with the team will be something to follow as well. Garoppolo’s contract is up after this season, but the team has the option to franchise tag the quarterback if needed. 49ers GM Jon Lynch said the team is going to make an effort to sign Garoppolo to a long-term deal rather than use the franchise tag. The future looks bright for Garoppolo and his team, even if his future is up in the air. It feels like San Francisco has found their franchise quarterback, and it’s Jimmy Garoppolo. Keep following jimmygaroppolo.net for offseason updates and info on Garoppolo’s future with the 49ers.

 

 

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49ers and Garoppolo Score Huge Upset, Defeat Jaguars 44-33

December 25, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

The San Francisco 49ers weren’t expected to do much against the playoff-bound Jacksonville Jaguars this week. After all, the Jaguars have one of the best defenses in the league with a lethal combination of cornerbacks in Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. But things didn’t go exactly as planned on Sunday in San Francisco; the 49ers offense marched up and down the field while their defense made big plays and even found the endzone. When it was all said and done, the 49ers had their fourth-straight win and improved their season record to 5-10. The hype train behind the team and new star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo continues to gain steam.

Garoppolo had his first multi-touchdown game as a 49er, going 21-30 for 242 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also had a rushing touchdown on the 49ers’ first drive of the game. The 49ers jumped out to an early 16-o lead after cornerback Dontae Johnson returned an interception from Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles 50 yards for a touchdown. Bortles would answer back, leading his team on two straight scoring drives and tying up the score at halftime, 16-16.

The Jaguars started the second half off with a drive leading to a field goal that gave them the lead, but Garoppolo and the 49ers offense was ready to answer, and they did just that in a big way. Bortles threw a second interception that gave the 49ers offense great starting position at the Jaguars 27-yard line. Garoppolo and his offense took the field and needed just five plays to punch it in, leading to an 8-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to tight end George Kittle. After a stalled drive by the Jaguars, the 49ers offense showed they could really dismantle an elite defense. The team went on a 13 play, 86-yard drive that ended in another touchdown by Garoppolo, this time to wide receiver Trent Taylor. The touchdown was Garoppolo’s best play of the day. On 3rd and goal, Garoppolo felt pressure from the defense and scrambled out to his left, making a nifty sidearm throw to Taylor for the 5-yard touchdown. It showed the quarterback’s versatility and how he can use his mobility to make a play happen when it seems like nothing is there.

After a third Bortles interception that led to a 6-yard Carlos Hyde rushing touchdown for the 49ers, the Jaguars appeared to be done. They were down 37-19 in the fourth quarter with an offense that had been making big mistakes all day. But Bortles fought back, going on a 16 play, 85-yard touchdown drive. The Jaguars then executed a near-perfect onside kick, getting the ball right back at the San Francisco 46-yard line. Bortles rattled off three quick completions including a touchdown, bringing the Jaguars right back into the game down 37-33 with less than two minutes left. When a second onside kick by Jacksonville wasn’t successful, the 49ers got the ball back at their own 49-yard line. They were ready to seal the game, and the offensive line propelled the running game to do just that. 49ers running back Matt Breida sealed the game with a 30-yard touchdown run on a classic sweep play, making the score 44-33. The Niners continue to roll with Garoppolo at quarterback.

“It was an overall team win today, offense doing our part, defense getting us field position, special teams, it all came together really nice today,” Garoppolo said after the game. “That’s what makes a good team. We’re moving in the right direction right now, it seems week-by-week we keep getting better.”

Garoppolo and the 49ers will face another playoff-bound team next week in the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams defense isn’t as hyped as Jacksonville’s but it wll still be a tough test for Garoppolo and his offense. On Sunday, Garoppolo proved to any remaining doubters that he is for real as a starting NFL quarterback. Next week, he will look to lead the 49ers to a five-game winning streak to end their season. While things once looked bleak in San Francisco, Garoppolo has broght hope back to The Golden City.

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Garoppolo Leads 49ers to Third Straight Win, Has Another Career Day

December 18, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers stayed hot on Sunday with their third straight win, hanging on for a close 25-23 win over the Tennessee Titans at home. Garoppolo again had a career-high in throwing yards with 381 yards, and also threw for a touchdown. 49ers kicker Robbie Gould had another big day, making a career-high six out of six field goals leading to another win for his team. The 49ers have now won three straight games after starting the season 1-10. It is clear that the hype around Garoppolo is real, and he could be the next franchise quarterback for the 49ers.

This game was a tough matchup for San Francisco. The Titans were 8-5 coming into Sunday, and fighting for playoff position in the AFC South division. The 49ers found early success on offense, with Garoppolo leading a 17-play, 85 yard drive in the 2nd quarter that ended with Garoppolo throwing a 5-yard touchdown to tight end Garrett Celek in the 2nd quarter. The 49ers were up 16-3 at one point before halftime, but the Titans put together a nice two-minute drill to score before the half. The two teams would go back and forth in the second half with the game coming down to the wire.

The Titans dominated time of possession in the 3rd quarter, keeping the ball for over 12 of 15 minutes and not allowing Garoppolo or the 49ers offense onto the field. Tennessee led 20-19 at the end of the 3rd quarter, and Garoppolo was about to prove himself again down the stretch. Garoppolo led two key drives late in the 4th quarter to help his team win. With the 49ers down by one point, Garoppolo drove his offense down the field, completing a 54-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Kendrick Bourne with about six minutes left in the game. While that drive stalled due to penalties and a sack for the Titans defense, Gould was able to connect on a 48-yard field goal to put his team up 22-20 with just over three minutes left. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was able to quickly drive his team down the field and answer the 49ers with a field goal of their own. Titans kicker Ryan Succop made a 50-yard field goal with 1:07 remaining to put his team back up 23-22. Garoppolo would have just about one minute with one timeout remaining to put his team in field goal range.

Garoppolo started the drive hot, quickly completing three straight passes of 7, 24, and 14 yards, respectively. He spiked the ball to stop the clock at the Titans’ 30-yard line with 30 seconds left in the game. After taking a shot to the endzone to see if they could score a touchdown, the 49ers offense just ran the ball to the left to set up Gould for the game-winning kick. Gould drilled a 45-yard field goal as time expired to give the 49ers the win. The hype around Garoppolo has officially kicked into high gear.

Garoppolo made history on Sunday as well, becoming the first 49ers quarterback to throw for 300 yards or more in back-to-back games since 2000. Garoppolo’s favorite target was again wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who had a big day with 10 catches for 114 yards. A lot of 49ers fans are hoping that their quarterback can get better weapons around him next year, but Garoppolo is satisfied with how the team is performing.

“There were multiple big plays today…there were guys stepping up all over the place,” Garoppolo said after the game. “That’s what makes a good team. We’re building towards that, we just have to keep it going week in and week out.”

Garoppolo and the 49ers will face their toughest test this season next week when they face the 10-4 Jacksonville Jaguars, who are on their way to their first playoff appearance in 10 years. The Jaguars feature one of the best secondaries in the league, led by star cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey. They will surely challenge Garoppolo, in what will be an exciting matchup for the budding star quarterback. Keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for updates and stories about Jimmy Garoppolo!

 

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Jimmy Garoppolo Leads 49ers to 15-14 Win in Chicago

December 3, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory
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Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers went into Chicago this weekend wanting to show they were a new-look team with their new starting quarterback. In a back-and-forth battle, Garoppolo showed that he could lead a 49ers team that only had one win prior to Sunday’s game. Although the 49ers offense didn’t find the end zone at all during the game, they came away with a 15-14 win over the Chicago Bears led by Garoppolo’s ability to move the ball downfield through the air. It’s a huge win for the 49ers, made a bit sweeter by the fact that a lot of Garoppolo’s family and friends were in the stands to watch the Chicagoland native lead his new team to victory.

JImmy GaroppoloThe 49ers offense looked to be more efficient than it had been all year with Garoppolo leading the way in the passing game. The 49ers dominated time of possession all game long with Garoppolo leading long offensive drives that ended in field goals. The 49ers ended up leading time of possession 38:47 to 21:13. Garoppolo put up a career high in yards thrown, finishing 26-37 for 293 yards and an interception. It’s worth noting that the interception was not at all Garoppolo’s fault. He actually completed a pass to wide receiver Louis Murphy, but Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller made a great play to take the ball right out of Murphy’s hands after he made the catch. It was recorded as an interception. Garoppolo helped the 49ers young wide receivers put up big numbers on the way to the win. Rookie Trent Taylor had six catches for 92 yards, and made four crucial catches on third down plays that kept those drives alive and led to three field goals. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin had 99 yards on a career-high eight catches.

JImmyGAll of the 49ers points were scored on field goals by kicker Robbie Gould, who was released by the Bears in 2016. Gould made field goals of 33, 28, 35, 34, and 24 yards respectively. The 49ers started their final drive of the game on their own eight yard line with about five minutes remaining in the game. Garoppolo, along with some strong running from running back Carlos Hyde, led the team all the way down to the Bears six-yard line to set up the game-winning field goal with only eight seconds remaining. Garoppolo made a key 33-yard throw to Taylor right before the two-minute warning to get the ball into the red zone and set the 49ers up for the win. Overall, it was a great performance by Garoppolo and the 49ers, who are now 2-10 on the season. The 49ers defense limited the Bears to just 147 total yards on offense, which was a big factor in the victory as well.

JimmyGThe 49ers will travel to Houston next week to take on the Texans. Although the Texans defense has suffered some injuries this year to key players like J.J. Watt, it will still be a tough test for Garoppolo and the 49ers offense. What is different now is that this 49ers team has shown that they can move the ball with some confidence through the air. The future is looking a lot brighter in San Francisco for this team, and a huge part of it is the play of Garoppolo.

“I tried to say all week it was just a normal game, but obviously I’ve never come back to Chicago like this, so it was pretty exciting for me,” Garoppolo said after the game. “It was one of the more fun games I’ve been a part of.”

Garoppolo’s star continues to rise as he is finally able to be the sole quarterback and leader of an NFL team. Keep checking here for more updates on the quarterback and the 49ers.

 

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Garoppolo Shines in Debut as Patriots Starter; Patriots down Cardinals 23-21

September 12, 2016 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

Jimmy Garoppolo was stellar in his first game filling in for suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, completing 24-33 passes for 264 yards and one touchdown. The Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals went back and forth all game, but Garoppolo was able to drive the team down the field late in the 4th quarter before kicker Stephen Gostkowski came in to kick what would be the game-winning field goal. From there, the Patriots defense forced the Cardinals to attempt a long field goal, which was missed. Garoppolo then took a knee to run out the clock and seal the victory.

The game went in Arizona’s favor early, as a sack of Garoppolo forced him to fumble. Arizona’s Chandler Jones recovered the fumble, which led to a Cardinals touchdown. Despite the early setback, Garoppolo was able to bounce back and make great plays for the Patriots all over the field. While the Patriots are generally known for having a deep passing game when Brady is under center, it would appear that Head Coach Bill Belichick adjusted the gameplan for Garoppolo. Many of the Patriots’ offensive drives included more running plays than passing plays, and when Garoppolo did pass he threw short or mid-range strikes. Despite this, the Patriots still moved the ball very efficiently. Garoppolo’s biggest strength in this game was his effectiveness on 3rd down. Garoppolo completed 8 of 10 3rd down throws and converted seven of those throws for first downs. Arizona has a lot of weapons on offense, including future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and a key part of the gameplan with Garoppolo was to keep the Patriots offense on the field so Arizona’s offense would have fewer chances to score. Despite Fitzgerald’s 2 touchdown catches and a late push by the Cardinals’ offense down the field, the Patriots were able to hang on and get the victory.

The spotlight was squarely on Garoppolo after the game, but instead of basking in it Garoppolo was quick to give most of the credit to his teammates and coaches. It is clear that Garoppolo isn’t going to be a cocky kind of guy when leading this Patriots team.

“Whoever’s out there on the field, we have a lot of confidence in one another, and that means a lot to us,” Garoppolo said. “The coaching staff did a great job simplifying plays for us on third down. It makes things a lot easier for all of us when you have coaching like that.”

While many experts didn’t pick the Patriots to win this game, it seems as if there might be more believers in Garoppolo than there were before the opening kickoff. There will now be even more scrutiny on Garoppolo when the Patriots face off against the Miami Dolphins next week in Massachusetts. While he won’t have as tough of an opponent as Arizona’s defense was, there will be increased pressure for Garoppolo to build on his success from this game. Many people were unsure of Garoppolo’s skill level coming into the season since he hadn’t played much time in meaningful games. As of the time this article was published, Jimmy Garoppolo is trending on Twitter. It just goes to show how much it means to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. If Garoppolo keeps playing this well in the team’s next three games, there may be other NFL teams that try to trade for Garoppolo to make him their starter. Anything is possible, but for now it’s really cool to see a kid like Garoppolo get to live his dream.

Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots will look to add to their momentum coming off Sunday night’s huge win when they battle the Dolphins next week in the Patriots’ home opener at Gillette Stadium. The Game starts at 1 pm EST on Sunday, September 18th. Be sure to keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for more news and updates on the up and coming QB.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Video: Meet the Garoppolos

September 9, 2016 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

This coming Sunday, Jimmy Garoppolo will play the quarterback position for New England Patriots as they play the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ (8:30 pm EDT, 7:30 pm CDT, on NBC).

Tom Brady will miss the first four games as Patriots QB due to the NFL-imposed four-game Deflategate suspension.

In case you missed it, here is a video from the New England Patriots about their up-and-coming star, Jimmy Garoppolo. You get to travel to his quaint hometown of Arlington Heights, IL, meet the parents and brothers, see him drive his snappy new Chevy, and much more.

This exemplifies what a down-to-earth guy he is–as is his family. When he was drafted, it was the first time any of the family members had been to New York!

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Want to keep up on a daily basis with the latest news on Jimmy Garoppolo? Follow this Twitter account: Jimmy Garoppolo Fans.

 

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Jimmy Garoppolo Will Start Patriots’ First Four Games After Brady Suspension Upheld

August 1, 2016 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

The New England Patriots’ have announced that Jimmy Garoppolo will be the team’s starting quarterback for the first four games of the upcoming NFL season after Tom Brady’s four-game suspension regarding the “Deflategate” scandal was reinstated by The US Second Court of Appeals at the end of April. Although some thought Brady may appeal the decision further up to the US Supreme Court, he made a statement shortly after the ruling saying that he would not fight the suspension any longer.

“It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process,” Brady said in a statement. “I’m going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall.”

This decision clears the way for Garoppolo to be an NFL starting quarterback for the Patriots’ first four games of this season, and marks the quarterback’s first true test of whether or not he has the talents to be a starting quarterback in this league. While seeing glimpses of Garoppolo’s success in garbage time or in preseason games, fans have often wondered how Garoppolo would stack up if he had Brady’s job. Well, now those fans will get their chance to find out.

Garoppolo hasn’t had much experience in the NFL. He’s thrown just 31 passes in two seasons as the Patriots’ backup quarterback. But in the limited time he’s been on the field, Garoppolo has shown he can have an impact running with the ball or throwing downfield. This adds a new element to the quarterback position that the Patriots could toy with in the first four games of the season, as Brady isn’t considered a running quarterback. Garoppolo has received a lot of attention in the past few weeks since it was clear he’d be the starter for part of this season. His former coach at Eastern Illinois University, Dino Babers, had high praise for his former QB.

“Jimmy Garoppolo was the William Tell, to me, of college football,” Babers said in an interview with ESPN. “I’ve never seen a quarterback that could hit exactly what he was throwing at. I’m not talking about putting it on a guy’s body, you put your hand out there and he’s sticking the ball right in the middle of your palm…I’m just telling you, this young man is exceptional. If Bill Belichick put a second-round draft pick on him, he knows what he’s doing.”

Indeed, the Patriots’ coaching staff has been asked a lot about Garoppolo since he was named the apparent starter for these first four games. These games against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, and Buffalo Bills, respectively, will not be easy (no NFL game is). However, it is clear that the coaching staff of the Patriots are confident in Garoppolo’s abilities, and won’t be changing much in the way of how the team practices or prepares.

“This is really the time of the year where we really try to provide everyone with their foundation for the whole year, so our philosophy really is going to remain unchanged for a while here, in terms of repetitions,” Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “We usually split them up pretty evenly. We don’t really put anybody in first and second groups, or third groups, at this point.”

Even opposing coaches have been singing the praises of Garoppolo. Here’s the Head Coach of the New York Jets, the Patriots’ division rival, on Garoppolo and the team:

“Garoppolo can play,” Todd Bowles told the New York Daily News. “They don’t worry about who they have. They just have a system in place and they go play football. I think people underestimate that. You still have to knock off the champs. It’s theirs until somebody takes it from them.”

It seems as if there are high expectations on Garoppolo, but based on how much talent he’s shown and how his peers in the NFL view him, it seems likely that the young QB could live up to them. Garoppolo has a chance to prove he is a starting-caliber NFL quarterback, which may even land him an opportunity to start on a team other than New England in the future. All that Garoppolo has to focus on now is the start of the season and getting ready to play in a role that he hasn’t held since college. The Patriots’ regular season starts on Sunday, September 11th when the Patriots visit Arizona to face the Cardinals. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of the Patriots and Garoppolo, so keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for more news and updates!

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Patriots, Garoppolo win Super Bowl XLIX

February 2, 2015 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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The New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super bowl XLIX Sunday night in Arizona, becoming world champions in thrilling fashion. The game was back and forth the entire night, with the Patriots taking a four point lead with about five minutes left in the game. The Seahawks looked like they were about to pull off another miracle after a crazy sideline catch by wide receiver Jermaine Kearse that bounced off Patriots’ defender Malcolm Butler and into the arms of Kearse as he laid prone on the Patriots’ 5 yard line. However, Butler would immediately make up for his mistake after the Seahawks decided to not to run the ball one yard from the end zone and quarterback Russell Wilson threw an interception to Butler to seal the game.

For veteran quarterback Tom Brady, this is his fourth Super Bowl championship and this win puts him in the conversation as the greatest quarterback ever. For Jimmy Garoppolo, he wins a championship in his first year as a backup quarterback for the Patriots. While Garoppolo didn’t see a lot of action on the field this year, he’s had a chance to learn from possibly the best quarterback/coach tandem in the history of football, and he knows how valuable studying under Brady can be.

It’s definitely a positive to be able to sit behind a guy like Tom,” Garoppolo said. “I’m happy where I ended up. On the field and off the field, [he’s] helping me with things.”

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While it may not seem like Garoppolo had much of a factor in the Super Bowl victory since he didn’t see the field, it’s clear from listening to the Patriots’ coaches and players that he was a bigger factor than some may give him credit for. Leading up to the big game, Garoppolo was part of the scout offense (a team of backups that helps the starting defense practice) and spent most of the week mimicking Russell Wilson in order to prepare Patriots defenders for the Super Bowl. Garoppolo even mimicked the formation and final play that the Seahawks ran that led to Butler’s interception.

“When we play quarterbacks like we’re going to see [in Russell Wilson] that’s a huge role for us,” defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said. “This is definitely a kind of unsung hero job.”

“He’s given us a great look, whether he’s dropping back and trying to make a play, whether it’s being zone read and running,” said safety Devin McCourty. “Obviously, we’re not going to get Russell Wilson in practice but we got a good showing of what we could see in the Super Bowl.”

And here’s Garoppolo talking about mimicking the final play of the game, and how Patriots’ wide receiver Josh Boyce previously beat Butler on the play:

“We did and Josh got a touchdown in practice on it,” Garoppolo said after the Super Bowl. “It got [Butler] ready and he knew what to expect. Jumping the route like that, that’s very impressive. That’s all instincts.”

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It’s been quite the year for Jimmy Garoppolo, who went from 2nd round draft pick who was unsure of his place on the Patriots to a backup quarterback for a legend and a Super Bowl Champion. This is just the beginning for Garoppolo, who has a lot more ahead in his career as an NFL quarterback. Keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for off-season updates and news! Congratulations to the World Champion New England Patriots!

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Garoppolo Plays 2nd Half in Patriots Loss, Plus Season Wrapup

December 31, 2014 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

Jimmy Garoppolo finally saw some extended regular season game action during the New England Patriots’ 17-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The week 17 matchup was filled with backups for the Patriots, as the team had already clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Still, it was a good opportunity for Garoppolo and others to show what they could do.

Garoppolo entered the game at the start of the 3rd quarter while starting quarterback Tom Brady played the first half. Garoppolo made some good plays, including a 24-yard strong pass to wide receiver Brandon LaFell that led to a Patriots’ field goal. But Garoppolo struggled in other ways, sometimes trying to run with the ball when there was nothing there. He failed to get a first down on a designed quarterback run that was called on 4th down and 1 deep in Bills territory. While Garoppolo didn’t exactly take over the game, he still showed a lot of promise throughout the year and in this contest.

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“It was a good experience,” Garoppolo said. “Getting out there and actually getting some live reps will only help going forward. There’s plenty of room for improvement. There are some good things, bad things and things to learn from.”

Like most of the season, Garoppolo wasn’t told what his role in the Patriots’ last game of the season would be. He didn’t know leading up to the game if he would be starting, or playing very little at all. Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick believes that this allows his backup players to prepare better for any situation. Still, the legendary coach had high praise for Garoppolo.

“I thought Jimmy competed well,” Belichick said. “He was under some pressure. Some things were good, other things could have been better, but I thought he competed well. Some of the opportunities where he had to make plays, he made them. There are definitely some positives out there. There are also things to learn from and build on.”

Even though Garoppolo saw little in-game action this year, he continued to improve and the other players on the team also took note of that. It’s clear that Garoppolo earned the respect of many of his teammates with his performance this season, and especially in this game.

“You always like to see a young guy get in there and get himself an opportunity, and there’s one thing about Jimmy, he’s a competitor and he loves the game of football and was able to get out there and make some plays with his feet,” Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater said. “You always want to see your teammates do well, especially a guy that has worked hard in the role he’s been asked to perform in. It’s not the easiest of roles, and for him to take advantage, we’re pumped for him.”

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Going forward, the Patriots are the favorite to appear in the Super Bowl representing the AFC. Ever since the team’s week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs where Brady was benched in favor of Garoppolo, Brady has played like he has something to prove. The offense has improved dramatically and it looks as if the Patriots will be a tough opponent for any team in the playoffs seeing as they have home-field advantage throughout. As Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount said: “Nobody can stop us but us.”

 

Season Wrapup

Jimmy Garoppolo achieved a lot this season as a rookie backup quarterback for one of the NFL’s most successful franchises. He became the only quarterback on the Patriots’ roster besides future Hall of Famer Tom Brady, which is a huge job to give a rookie 2nd-round draft pick. He was entrusted to this role by head coach Bill Belichick, who is often considered as one of the league’s toughest (and also best) coaches. While some young rookies may have grown frustrated with the lack of playing time, Garoppolo took it as a great opportunity to learn from one of the best quarterbacks of this generation, and it will surely benefit his career in the future.

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Garoppolo surprised both his peers and fans alike in the preseason, outperforming quarterback Ryan Mallett, who many expected to end up as Brady’s backup for the season. Garoppolo showed great poise for a rookie, and it was clear the Patriots had confidence in him because they traded Mallett away in the preseason, leaving Garoppolo as the sole backup quarterback. Garoppolo seems to be in the Patriots’ long term plans, even if he has to wait a few season behind Brady.

Week 4 of the NFL season was when Garoppolo saw his first in-game action of the regular season. During a 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Garoppolo was inserted into the game in the 4th quarter and promptly lead the team to a touchdown, causing some controversy when Brady didn’t celebrate with him on the sideline afterwards. Belichick was even asked after the game about “evaluating” the quarterback position, but he laughed it off. The game seemed to be motivation for Brady, who went on one of the best stretches of his career after that, leading the Patriots to seven straight wins and setting the tone for the rest of the season in which they were the best team in the NFL.

While Garoppolo didn’t see major playing time again until week 17, it remains clear that he is focused on his future as a Patriot, and also is willing to work hard to get better. Throughout the season, he has said all the right things to the media, and remained humble and patient about his backup role. While he won’t likely see any playing time in the playoffs, such is life in the NFL where Garoppolo is one injury away from being the starting quarterback for this team. Obviously Patriots fans don’t want to see that quite yet, but if Garoppolo is called upon, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be ready.

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It’s been a great year for the Patriots and Garoppolo. He went from a 2nd round pick from Eastern Illinois University that no one was really sure of to the backup quarterback to a living legend that he can learn from everyday. Although Garoppolo fans may have to wait a little while longer to see him become a starting NFL quarterback, you can rest assured that the knowledge he’s getting now will be amazingly beneficial in the future. Although this season may be wrapping up, Garoppolo’s future is bight and we hope you’ll keep checking here at jimmygaroppolo.net for more news and info as it happens.

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Garoppolo Sees Game Action in Patriots Blowout Win

October 27, 2014 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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Jimmy Garoppolo got playing time in his second-ever NFL game on Sunday during the New England Patriots’ 51-23 rout of the Chicago Bears. Garoppolo was inserted into the game late in the fourth quarter when the result was already clear. Although he only played on one offensive series, Garoppolo completed all three of his passes for 33 yards on the drive.

Garoppolo likely won’t see a lot of playing time this year as he still sits behind future hall of fame quarterback Tom Brady. However, Garoppolo continues to take advantage of the opportunities he’s given and show that he can play when he is inserted into the game. It says a lot that the Patriots are trusting a rookie as their only other quarterback on the roster besides Brady. If Brady goes down with an injury, it will be Garoppolo’s ship to run.

One more bizarre note from this game came when Garoppolo was leading the Patriots down the field in the fourth quarter. With the game already decided, Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston sacked Garoppolo for an 11-yard loss. However, Houston got a little too worked up celebrating the meaningless sack and was injured during his celebration. Houston tore his ACL and is out for the rest of the season.

The Patriots will face a tough test against the Denver Broncos during week 9 of the NFL season, so Garoppolo likely won’t see playing time in that game. However, Garoppolo will get plenty more chances to prove himself this season so keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for more news and updates!

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