San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said his comeback to Gillette Stadium went perfect as his side thrashed the New England Patriots 33-6 to improve to 4-3 on the season. Garoppolo, who was traded from the Patriots to the 49ers in 2017, completed 20-of-25 attempts for 277 yards, threw zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
"It was a cool week," Garoppolo said, per ESPN. "Just a lot of emotions, a lot of memories. Especially coming back here, seeing the same stadium, hearing the same songs they used to play, a lot of memories came back ...
But it was a fun night. "Couldn't imagine it going any better than this." To make it all better for Garoppolo, it was the most convincing win fron the visiting team at Foxborough since Patriots coach Bill Belichick arrived to the team in 2020.
"It really was never in my mind," Garoppolo said. "I obviously wanted to come here and get a win. To me it didn't matter if we won by 1 or 100. It was go and get the win. That was the mindset we had this week.
Same mindset we had last week. Just got to keep that mindset the rest of the season."
Garoppolo praised by George Kittle
Kittle, who was made the highest-paid tight end this past offseason, had nothing but words of his praise for his quarterback Garoppolo.
"He was locked in during the week, locked in to the game plan, leads our guys every single play, every single time we're in the huddle," Kittle said. "He just gives us that energy to go out there and dominate."
The run game worked exceptionally for the 49ers as Jeff Wilson Jr. had 112 yards and three touchdowns but unfortunately the running back finished the game with what appeared to be a high-ankle sprain. "[I] know he's hurting right now," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said.
"Hopefully, we'll get better news on that tomorrow. Not sounding great right now." Coach Shanahan was also impressed with the character of his players. "When you play defense the way our guys have been playing, we're running the ball like we have been, just how physical all our guys have been playing, every play it seems is like the last play for our guys," Shanahan said.
"I'm just very impressed with the character of our guys individually, which adds up collectively. Those guys play like it's their last play every down. When you can do that for an entire game, you play smart, don't turn it over, usually good things happen."