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49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo will reportedly be paid for the Patriots' win over the Titans

Sporting News logo Sporting News 1/14/2018 Thomas Lott

Jimmy Garoppolo holding a football ball: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo © Getty Images San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo The Patriots will be going to their NFL-record seventh straight conference championship game after their 35-14 drubbing of the Titans Saturday, but honestly, who cares about something everyone knew was going to happen?

What's important about this game is that Jimmy Garoppolo is getting paid for New England's victory. Yes, the man Tom Brady allegedly forced out of town will get a bonus for the Patriots' berth in the AFC Championship game.

According to CBS Sports, Garoppolo will be awarded a $51,000 bonus for New England's AFC Championship berth because he was on the Patriots' roster for eight games this season before being traded to a team out of conference.

Garoppolo, of course, was infamously traded to the 49ers prior to the deadline for a second-round pick. He went on to start the final five games for San Francisco and went a perfect 5-0.

As good as it must have felt to continue an undefeated career as a starting quarterback (Garoppolo went 2-0 as the Patriots' starter in 2016 when Brady was sitting out on a four-game suspension), this bonus will be a sweet surprise to start the 26-year-old's 2018.

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