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Jimmy Garoppolo credits Tom Brady, Bill Belichick following game-winning FG drive Sunday

Ryan Hannable
December 06, 2017 - 9:52 am

Before being traded to the 49ers in late October this year, Jimmy Garoppolo spent three and a half years with the Patriots learning from Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

Speaking to MMQB's Peter King, Garoppolo credited the things learned in New England for his game-winning field goal drive in the 49ers' 15-14 win over the Bears on Sunday, which was Garoppolo's first start with the team.

“One thing?” Garoppolo said when asked what he learned most from Brady. “I’d say preparation. That stuff that goes unnoticed. Practice. Tom used to say you could get better in practice every day. The time you spend on the things you didn’t do in college—studying, watching film, the little things, everything. I was able to watch him for three-and-a-half years, and I hope to carry those lessons for the rest of my career.”

Garoppolo admitted he was thinking of the little things he learned from Brady and Belichick during the game.

“I was thinking about them on the final drive, when we drove for the winning score,” he said.

The 49ers trailed 14-12 and got the ball on their own 8-yard line with 5:27 left in the game. Garoppolo led his team down the field and Robbie Gould kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired.

“We knew we needed first downs, and we knew we needed to work the clock," Garoppolo said. "That’s what I learned playing for Coach Belichick. It’s funny you mention that, because I was thinking about that [clock management] on the field. Coach would run through situations like this all the time.”

Garoppolo will face the Texans this week.

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