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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went on the road and beat the Seattle Seahawks in Week 17 to take the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Then, he threw the ball into the stands.

The NFL, of course, has taken exception to that act and has fined the quarterback for violating a safety rule, per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area: “The NFL on Monday fined Garoppolo $7,017 for throwing the ball into the crowd, an act that the league views as a fan safety issue,” Maiocco wrote Monday.

The fan who caught the ball, 19-year-old Matt Pinelli, was ecstatic.

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In Seattle for the big game, Pinelli shared that he had to do some work to land his prize.

“I was actually on my phone and I didn’t even know what was happening,” Pinelli said on The 49ers Insider Podcast. “I was texting my friends, saying how awesome the game was. And a bunch of Seahawks fans had their backs to field, walking up. I looked up from my phone to see the ball just coming towards me, like a row over. So once I saw it, I got into the aisle, and I had to push a Seahawks fan over and I jumped on the ball.”

For Garoppolo, while a $7,017 fine wouldn’t necessarily make much of a dent in his bank account, the quarterback will appeal this fine, per the report.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.