What got Jimmy Garoppolo going before vintage Patriots victory: smelling salts
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Jimmy Garoppolo took a final knee, the first victory formation of his NFL career, and upon rising was surrounded by teammates patting him on the helmet and grabbing him by the shoulders.
The scoreboard read New England 23, Arizona 21, but it was more than that. The Patriots arrived minus at least five starters due to injury or suspension, none bigger than the guy Garoppolo was replacing – Tom Brady. They were 10-point underdogs in some places, the biggest dogs since before they won their first Super Bowl a decade and a half ago.