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Garoppolo earns pay day with Patriots win over Titans

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Garoppolo earns pay day with Patriots win over Titans

Jimmy Garoppolo is sitting at home during this year's playoffs, but he's still getting paid. 

For the first time in his pro career, Garoppolo will miss out on the postseason, yet if the Patriots stay alive -- as they did Saturday night in the Divisional Round against the Titans -- he'll watch his bank account get a little boost.

As Joel Corry pointed out on CBSSports.com earlier this month, if the Patriots win the Super Bowl, Garoppolo will pull in $163,000 even though he's now with the Niners. Because Garoppolo was with the Patriots for eight games before being traded to the NFC, he's eligible for a full playoff share. (That means former Patriots defensive end Cassius Marsh, nine games with the Patriots before being released, is also eligible.)

When the Patriots beat the Titans, Garoppolo picked up an extra $51,000 paid to players whose teams make the conference title game. If the Patriots get to the Super Bowl and win, Garoppolo will get $112,000. If they get to Minnesota and lose, he'll still make $56,000.

Sure, it won't be the kind of bump he receives this offseason. But for watching the games on TV? Not a bad gig if you can get it. 

How Tom Brady's 'chip on shoulder' attitude fires up his teammates

How Tom Brady's 'chip on shoulder' attitude fires up his teammates

Tom Brady has embraced an underdog mentality throughout the playoffs.

That was evident after Sunday night's victory over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game when Brady said, "The odds were stacked against us, and it hasn't been that way for us for a while. And it certainly was for us this year."

It's also clear Brady's "chip on shoulder" attitude has had an effect on his teammates. Following a touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett, a fired up Edelman approached Brady and sarcastically told him, "You're too [expletive] old. You're too old!"

On the latest Quick Slants Podcast, Jerod Mayo talked about the chip on Brady's shoulder and how it reminds him of the way Bill Belichick motivated the Patriots when he was on the team.

"I think it was very telling at the end of the game when Tom [Brady] was giving I think [Rex] Burkhead a hug and he was like, 'you're too slow, I'm too old', all those things," Mayo said. "And it brought me back to that Dolphins game that we talked about where Bill [Belichick] went through each individual player -- and I'm not sure if he did this or not -- and pretty much said what people thought."

"He went down, he said 'Randy [Moss], ah 50 touchdowns, you're washed up. Jerod [Mayo], good player, don't make any big plays. Whatever, just a good player. Vince [Wilfork] too slow, only can stop the run.' And he went through the coaches, it was like an hour he went through each individual person."

"When you walked out of that meeting, I mean if you didn't have a chip on your shoulder, you're ready to run through a brick wall and kill someone. And I kind of got that -- it kind of brought back a memory when I heard Tom saying those things because now it's like 'listen, we've proved them all wrong.' Even if it's an artificial chip, because I kind of think it is a little bit, but whatever you have to do to get going."

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Quick Slants The Podcast: Mayo on Brady's "chip on shoulder"; Should Andy Reid be embarrassed?

Quick Slants The Podcast: Mayo on Brady's "chip on shoulder"; Should Andy Reid be embarrassed?

Jerod Mayo and Tom E. Curran cover the AFC Championship Game and another Patriots' trip to the Super Bowl from all the angles in the latest edition of Quick Slants The Podcast.

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2:30 - Mayo breaks down who he thought had standout performances for the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.
5:00 - Mayo explains how much Tom Brady’s "We get no respect" theme can be hugely successful in motivating teammates. 
9:00 - How much has the lack of Brady/Belichick drama this season led to the Patriots success?
11:00 - Mayo thinks Sean McVay will plan to exploit the Patriots run defense in the Super Bowl. 
12:30 - Mayo gives a player perspective on just how bad Dee Ford’s offside mistake was for the Chiefs.
14:00 - Mayo dishes on whether refs give players a heads up if they are offside.
16:00 - Should pass interference be reviewable?
19:00 - Tom E. Curran thinks Andy Reid should be ‘embarrassed’ for saying the refs should have told Dee Ford he was offside. 
23:00 - Just how brutal has Reid’s career been due to the Patriots?
25:00 - Just how badly does Brady’s "death by a thousand paper cuts" offense kill the morale of the defense? Mayo shares stories of how opposing offenses have deflated morale.
27:00 - Is Jared Goff the key to the Rams' success in the Super Bowl?

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