Jimmy Garoppolo said this was just another game, but in reality it meant a little more.
It was his return to New England to face the team which drafted him and then traded him to San Fransisco in 2017. Garoppolo and his new team rolled to a 33-6 win.
The quarterback finished 20-for-25 with 277 yards and two interceptions in a game where the 49ers jumped out to a 23-3 halftime lead and never looked back.
“It was an exciting night, a lot of emotions,” he said to reporters after the game. “Couldn't imagine it going any better than this.”
Garoppolo added: “It was a cool week. Just a lot of emotions, a lot of memories. Especially coming back here, seeing the same stadium, hearing the same songs they used to play, a lot of memories came back. A lot of emotions out there. But it was a fun night.”
After the game a number of Patriots came over to congratulate him including David Andrews, Stephon Gilmore, James White, Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels.
The 49ers have now won two games in a row and seem to be back on track in the NFC West.
“We're in a good spot right now,” Garoppolo said. “We're playing well, all three phases. We're playing together. I think it's just a mindset that we have as a group. You could feel it, felt it in the locker room today from the guys, felt it all week in practice.
“It's a good feeling when you're in that groove. We just got to keep this thing going, keep stacking 'em.”