Superstars are made at the Super Bowl in the last few minutes. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo knows that – but he couldn’t help the San Francisco 49ers. It is unclear whether he will get a second chance.
Jimmy Garoppolo had been waiting for this moment for a long time. When the Miami Super Bowl LIV had 2:39 minutes to play, the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers got the chance they wanted. Now he could have shown that he is one of the greatest players. The Kansas City Chiefs had taken a touchdown from Damien Williams 24:20, three and a half minutes earlier they were 10:20 behind.
Garoppolo remained calm, concentrating on the next attack. “You dream of moments like that,” said the 28-year-old later. He had already seen a similar situation twice, but as Tom Brady’s replacement for the New England Patriots. Garoppolo watched Brady turn 14:24 behind defending champion Seattle in 2015; and how Brady led the 2017 Patriots against Atlanta, despite a 3:28 deficit in the third quarter, to win the title in extra time. And that Brady had contacted Garoppolo before the game, wished him good luck and said: “Get this thing.”
To become the hero, Garoppolo would have had to lead his team completely across the field and complete the move with a touchdown. Garoppolo got the ball on his own 15-yard line. But he was unable to serve his attacking players in a maximum of four attempts so that they could gain at least ten yards of space to get four new, so-called downs. Kansas City therefore took possession of the ball on the center line – and just 13 seconds later, with another touchdown by Williams, the victory was finally perfect.