Check off one other field for rookie quarterback Brock Purdy.
Maybe in some unspecified time in the future Purdy could have a nasty game and the San Francisco 49ers will lose, however it wasn’t in his first profession playoff begin. Purdy handed one other check after serving to information the 49ers via a extra aggressive wild-card playoff game than anticipated in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday afternoon. The Seahawks led at halftime however the 49ers blew them out in the second half for a 41-23 win.
The knockout blow, after a fumble by Geno Smith modified momentum, was Purdy scrambling round and shopping for time earlier than discovering working again Elijah Mitchell vast open for a 7-yard rating. The No. 2-seeded 49ers moved on to the NFC divisional spherical with an enormous second-half efficiency.
Purdy is the primary rookie quarterback to start out in a playoff win since Russell Wilson did it 10 years in the past. Before Saturday, Wilson, TJ Yates and Shaun King have been the solely rookie quarterbacks drafted outdoors of the primary spherical to start out in a playoff win. Purdy grew to become the lowest-drafted quarterback to start out a playoff game. Now he is the lowest-drafted quarterback with a playoff win. He’s additionally the primary rookie QB with 4 complete touchdowns in a playoff game, based on Fox.
Purdy wasn’t the most important motive the 49ers gained. Deebo Samuel made a number of big performs when it appeared he was hemmed in by the Seahawks, together with a 74-yard landing to place the game away.
Christian McCaffrey was wonderful, as regular. San Francisco’s protection gave up some performs but in addition did sufficient to show the game round. Purdy simply needed to do his job and as soon as once more, and he did it nicely.
Purdy had 332 yards, three touchdowns (and a fourth was dropped by Brandon Aiyuk on an attractive throw from Purdy), no interceptions and a 131.5 passer ranking. Purdy additionally had a QB sneak for a landing. While Purdy acquired loads of assist from his proficient teammates and a fantastic scheme, the 49ers did not attempt to cover him in his first playoff game.
The 49ers’ rookie quarterback, who was the final choose of the draft and barely gained a roster spot because the 49ers’ third quarterback, now finds himself two wins from the Super Bowl.
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49ers fell behind at halftime
The 49ers took a fast 10-0 lead. Their first two drives have been simple. They acquired a subject aim out of the primary one, then a 68-yard run by McCaffrey began the second. McCaffrey scored on a 3-yard landing catch to finish that drive.
The Seahawks regarded overmatched in the 2 regular-season conferences in opposition to the 49ers and Saturday’s game began the identical approach. It regarded prefer it may get very ugly for Seattle.
Then the Seahawks began to maneuver the ball. Kenneth Walker III scored on a landing run. Smith discovered DK Metcalf deep downfield for a 50-yard landing catch. All of a sudden the Seahawks led.
Seattle gave up a subject aim late in the primary half, however San Francisco had an inexplicable mistake with one second left in the second quarter. Defensive again Jimmie Ward blasted Smith when the Seahawks’ quarterback was nicely into his slide, drawing a 15-yard pointless roughness penalty. The Seahawks hit a 56-yard subject aim on the final play of the half for a 17-16 lead.
The 49ers had been wrecking everybody for weeks. Seattle was included in their carnage. But in the primary half, the Seahawks confirmed they weren’t going to again down. For nearly some other group beginning a rookie at quarterback, it could have been a frightening second.
Brock Purdy leads a rally
One play in the second half turned the game round. The 49ers scored to take a 23-17 lead. The Seahawks responded with a drive proper again downfield and have been in the crimson zone. Then defensive finish Charles Omenihu acquired his hand on the ball as Smith held it too low in the pocket. Smith fumbled and 49ers defensive finish Nick Bosa jumped on the free ball.
The 49ers went on an extended drive after that, relying totally on McCaffrey. Purdy ended the drive by scrambling round and discovering Mitchell vast open for a landing. Seattle had battled laborious however a 31-17 deficit appeared like an excessive amount of to beat. It acquired out of hand when Samuel took a brief go and burst previous the Seahawks for the 74-yard rating.
It was the type of game in which a rookie quarterback may have wilted. The Seahawks regarded like they may pull off the upset. The 49ers appeared out of sync in the primary half and Purdy missed a number of passes. Then the 49ers calmed down and carved up the Seahawks. They regarded like a Super Bowl favourite.
A rookie quarterback has by no means began a Super Bowl. On Saturday, it regarded like Purdy and the 49ers may be capable of verify off that field, too.