SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers circled up in their locker room last Sunday moments before taking the field at Houston and Jimmy Garoppolo spoke up to challenge his teammates.
"Play relentless! Be violent!" he demanded.
Eli Harold heard the words and they fueled him. Only later did it dawn on the linebacker it had been his starting quarterback speaking, someone accustomed to taking those punishing - "violent" - hits.