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Here’s Why Jimmy Garoppolo Needs All the Playoff Bonus Money He Can Get

Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers are looking good in their quest for a Super Bowl title after defeating the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. But Garoppolo doesn’t just want the Lombardi Trophy. He may also want (and need) his playoff bonus for a very specific reason. 

Jimmy Garoppolo’s 2019 season has been stellar

Jimmy Garoppolo earns a healthy paycheck, but the playoff bonus money he's earning with the 49ers will come in handy for one reason.
Jimmy Garoppolo drops back to pass. | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Garoppolo has had a phenomenal 2019 season. He led the 49ers to a 13-3 record, the NFC West title, and the top overall seed in the NFC. They host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game with a Super Bowl berth on the line.

Here are the stats Garoppolo put up during this year’s regular-season: 

  • Completed 69.1% of his passes
  • 3,978 passing yards
  • 27 touchdowns
  • 13 interceptions

Jimmy Garoppolo’s no stranger to being on teams that go deep into the postseason. He won two Super Bowls in New England, though that was as the backup for Tom Brady. 

How much playoff bonus money can Jimmy Garoppolo make? 

NFL players are paid each week in the form of game checks. Their annual salary is dispersed throughout these 16 checks. If their team makes it to the playoffs, they receive checks for those games as well that are added to that salary. That essentially means money paid during the playoffs amounts to bonus money. Those totals do not count against the salary cap. 

Hogs Haven, a site dedicated to covering the Washington Redskins, detailed how much players get paid per playoff game: 

Postseason amounts increase each year, and in 2019 (following the 2018 season), players received postseason pay of:

  • $27,000 for a wild card game ($29,000 if they were division winner entering this round), plus
  • $29,000 for the divisional round, plus
  • $54,000 for the conference championship, and
  • $118,000 for winning the Super Bowl or $59,000 for losing

Garoppolo will receive payouts for the wild card round, divisional round, and conference championship, with a larger payout coming if his team makes the Super Bowl. 

Why does Garoppolo need this extra cash? 

Jimmy Garoppolo earns a healthy paycheck, but the playoff bonus money he's earning with the 49ers will come in handy for one reason.
Jimmy Garoppolo. | Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Why Jimmy Garoppolo will need that playoff bonus money stems back to

Garoppolo’s actions after the 49ers’ tense Week 17 showdown with the Seattle Seahawks. The NFC West title was on the line; the loser had to go on the road as a wild card team in the playoffs despite both teams having impressive records. San Francisco prevailed, and afterward, Garoppolo got a little too excited about the victory: 

“Jimmy Garoppolo’s ‘priceless moment’ with two 49ers fans is coming with a cost, after all. NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco reported that the NFL fined Garoppolo $7,017 for throwing a football into the stands following the 49ers’ Week 17 victory over the Seahawks, as the league views throwing a football into the stands as a safety issue.” 

The ball was caught by 19-year-old Niners fan Matt Pinelli. The significance of the ball was that it was the final regular-season ball used by the NFL during its banner 100th season. 

Garoppolo’s fine is just a drop in the bucket compared to his salary. But the money he’ll earn from the 49ers continuing to advance in the playoffs will certainly help to offset the cost of his celebratory hurl. 

What can Jimmy Garoppolo expect to make this year? Last season, the Rams and Patriots received $83,000 for winning their conference. The Patriots made $119,000 for winning the Super Bowl while the Rams made $59,000. Those numbers go up each year, so expect Garoppolo’s totals to be somewhat higher if the 49ers go all the way. Enough to pay the fines if and when he chooses to target a receiver in the stands.