Brock Purdy overcame injury to lead the San Francisco 49ers to a 21-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks and the NFC West title on Thursday, fighting through the pain of an oblique/rib injury to continue what has been an incredible start for him. NFL career.
It wasn’t even known until just hours before game time if Purdy could start.
Purdy was questionable with an injury, and coach Kyle Shanahan said in his postgame press conference that he wasn’t sure if Purdy would be able to make it through the entire game even if he started. But Purdy proved resilient and sensational.
“He’s definitely the most prepared rookie I’ve ever had. He’s been that way since he got here,” Shanahan said. “He was ready all week, even when he wasn’t sure if he would be able to go or not… And in the circumstances we had no choice, we were going to see how long he could go. last and we were good to go [backup] Josh: [Johnson]. But he just adapted, he got better as the game went on, and it was pretty incredible.”
In the end, Purdy was able to stiffen up and get the start, and barely showed the pain affecting him as he carried his offense through the entire four quarters of the game and the win.
“Definitely another level, it was another level for me just watching somebody do it,” Shanahan said. “For him to be able to just play, let alone play the way he did, protect the ball, he struggled to move a little bit at times, but . . .
“The team had a lot of respect for him before that game, and a lot more now.”
Purdy finished the game 17-for-26 for 217 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers. It was his third straight game with two passing TDs, making Purdy the first rookie quarterback to throw two or more passing TDs in three straight games since Justin Herbert in 2020, and the only 49er rookie to accomplished the feat, according to the NFL. Research.
In addition, Purdy’s final passer rating was 117.0, joining Aaron Rodgers as the only quarterbacks since at least 1950 to have a 115-plus passer rating in each of their first two starts, according to NFL Research.
While some may be surprised by Purdy’s sudden emergence, George Kittle said given how Purdy has been preparing all season, even before becoming the starter, he’s not shocked by his performance.
“What Brock has done since he came in is he’s been confident in OTAs … and he’s put together the best defense in the NFL, he’s been coming into preseason games and throwing balls,” Kittle said on the Prime Video postgame show time . “He had confidence from the moment he walked into the building and everybody on this team felt that. And he was just waiting for an opportunity, and unfortunately with all the quarterback injuries, he finally got his opportunity.”
Although Purdy’s movement was limited by his injuries, he was still able to make a crucial play late in the game using his legs. After the Seahawks made it an eight-point play with 3:35 left, the 49ers offense faced a third-and-1. Purdy took the snap and rolled to his right, sliding near the right marker while the ball stretched for a first down. That turnover kept the engine moving and the clock running, and eventually the game ended without Seattle getting a chance to tie.
“(He’s) just a smart player,” defensive end Nick Bosa told Prime Video’s Kaylee Hartung. “It just shows how experienced he is for someone who’s not that experienced. But I’m proud of him, I’m very happy for him and I’m happy to keep going with him.”