49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo reflects on Patrick Mahomes visiting him after torn ACL
The San Francisco 49ers are set to square off against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl and all eyes will be on Jimmy Garoppolo and Patrick Mahomes. With nearly a week until the game, Garoppolo reflected on the moment that Mahomes visited him after tearing his ACL, via Ed Werder of ESPN.
When JImmy Garoppolo tore his ACL vs. the #Chiefs at Arrowhead in Week 3 last season, Patrick Mahomes came to the visiting locker room to offer encouragement. Today, Garappolo called Mahomes awesome on and off the field, and he said that gesture went a long way with him.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) January 23, 2020
The last time that Garoppolo faced the Chiefs and Mahomes came in Week 3 of the 2018 regular season. After trying to create a play with his legs, Garoppolo woefully tore his ACL and underwent season-ending surgery.
But following the game, Mahomes took some time to visit Garoppolo in the opposing locker room. If you weren’t already a fan of Mahomes, a situation like this is something that could propel your fandom for the Chiefs quarterback.
As for Garoppolo, he was thankfully able to fully recover from his torn ACL and return in 2019. The veteran signal-caller completed 69.1 percent of his attempts for 3,978 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. All of those numbers are career-highs for the former backup of Tom Brady.
So far in the playoffs, Garoppolo hasn’t had to put the ball in the air much for the 49ers. Through San Francisco’s first two playoff contests, Garoppolo has completed 17 of his 27 passes for 208 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
However, against Kansas City’s high-scoring offense, Garoppolo will likely be asked to do more. Last year, Mahomes and Garoppolo met in an unfortunate situation. This time around, the two quarterbacks will meet in the Super Bowl in Miami.