The Chiefs made a remarkable comeback to beat the Tennessee Titans 35-24 in the AFC Championship game to book their place in the Super Bowl.
Patrick Mahomes has had another season to remember, but Reid paid compliments to his opposite number, saying Garoppolo is a “heck of a quarterback”.
Reid “respects the heck” out of Garoppolo
Reid knows that you have to be “ready to play" at the top of your game when you come up against San Francisco, who have the No 1 ranked defense in the NFL.
"I respect the heck out of him," coach Andy Reid said on Opening Night. "I think Jimmy, they decided they've been running the ball here, but Jimmy if you really look at it his quarterback ratings, his percentages, all the statistical facts about him you see he's a heck of a quarterback throwing the football.
“When you come in to play the 49ers, you better be ready to play a complete game, the run and pass game. You better be ready to do it for four quarters so that's how we're preparing.
“We love the challenge so it not about being nervous, it's about loving the opportunity to play against a great team and a great setting - that's why we do this and that's the exciting part of it."