49ers hope Brock Purdy gets ‘more respect’ after SNF showcase

nick wagnerespn staff writerOctober 9, 2023, 02:21 am ETread 5 minutes

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – As San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy prepared for Sunday night’s matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, he spent a lot of time watching the NFC divisional-round playoff game between the teams from January.

What Purdy saw in that film was a rookie quarterback making his second start in the postseason who was a little shaky compared to the way he had played after taking over as the Niners’ starter in Week 14. It wasn’t that Purdy played poorly in that postseason win – it just didn’t live up to the high standard he’d already set.

That’s why, at one point last week, Purdy approached fullback Kyle Juszczyk and told him he wanted to “ball out this week” to show he could compete against a top-ranked, playoff-caliber opponent. What can be done against.

mission accomplished.

Purdy and the Niners demolished the Cowboys 42–10 at Levi Stadium on Sunday night, as Purdy went 17 of 24 for 252 yards and a career-high four touchdowns for a passer rating of 144.2. Before he was ejected early in the fourth quarter. With San Francisco on the rise.

“He [playoff game] It was probably his worst game,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Not to confuse with bad, but just compared to everyone else. …And just seeing that today, I’ll watch the movie later tonight, but I don’t feel like it at all. When we reached there he was very calm. “He hit everything right away and the most important thing is he didn’t overturn it.”

After last week’s win against the Arizona Cardinals, in which Purdy had only one incompletion, a comparable repeat was considered difficult. But Shanahan realized early in the game that Purdy was headed for a big night.

So, Shanahan created multiple opportunities for Purdy to push the ball down the field, even calling upon a flea-flicker that had been sitting in storage for nearly two years to pass the ball tight to Purdy for his second touchdown of the game. Finally getting an open look at George Kittle. ,

By the time he was done, Purdy had become the fourth Niners quarterback – along with Jim Plunkett, Joe Montana and Jeff Garcia – to throw four touchdowns (three for Kittle) against the Cowboys in the teams’ long-standing rivalry. .

Purdy became the 10th quarterback in league history to throw 20 passing touchdowns in his first 10 career regular season starts, and has posted the fewest interceptions (two) of any of those signal-callers in that span.

Despite so much success, many Niners believe Purdy still has a lot of skeptics, crediting his success to Shanahan, the scheme, and the talent around him.

“He’s very consistent and he just keeps going out there and proving people wrong,” Juszczyk said. “I’m glad he was able to go out here and have a four-touchdown game on national television, because it doesn’t matter what people on the outside are saying about him, but I think what he gets is that. Deserves far more respect. . . . I hope he gets something out of it.”

For the season, Purdy is up to nine passing touchdowns with zero interceptions. This is the second most passing touchdowns before throwing an interception in a season in Niners history, trailing only Steve Young, who had 10 touchdowns without a pick.

Purdy was also in control of his 10th consecutive regular season win, tying him with Mike Tomczak and Mike Livingston for the second most consecutive regular season wins by a quarterback to start his career.

“He’s very consistent and he just keeps going out there and proving people wrong,” Kyle Juszczyk said of his 49ers teammate Brock Purdy. “I’m glad he’s able to go out here and have a four-touchdown game on national television.”Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Despite many early accolades, Purdy seems unaffected by the attention, although he acknowledged there was something extra behind Sunday’s performance after January’s playoff win, in which he went a modest 19 of 29 for 214 yards. with no touchdowns or interceptions. For a passer rating of 87.4.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Purdy called it one of the “toughest” games of his young career, saying he felt like he gave the Dallas defense a lot of momentum, which led to some missed opportunities.

“Watching last year’s film I was like, ‘Yeah, I want to get better,'” Purdy said. “It’s really every game, but looking back at last year it was like, ‘Okay, I’m going to play with a lot of the same guys on defense, a lot of the same scheme, so it’s another challenge for me. .With this plan, I want to be better than last time.

“I knew the game would come to me over time. Just get into a rhythm, hit open guys, play my part as a quarterback, don’t try to force things and be a superhero, And that’s it. I learned from last year’s game, moved forward and played this week.”

Through Sunday night’s games, Purdy finds himself at or near the top of the league in several key categories. He leads the NFL in QBR (83.7) and passer rating (115.1), is second in yards per attempt (9.3) and completion percentage (72.1%), seventh in touchdown passes (9) and passing yards (1,271). Is in eighth place. ,

The 49ers set a franchise record with 15 consecutive wins and have still never lost in the regular season or playoffs when Purdy started and finished games.

A week after returning Christian McCaffrey’s teammates lauded his candidacy for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award, Purdy called out some of them, considering that McCaffrey’s biggest competition was against his own team. Could be a partner.

“Brock Purdy is playing at an MVP level,” safety Tayshawn Gipson said. “He’s protecting the ball and he’s making plays. He’s not just a game manager. He’s bowling. I don’t think he gets enough attention when you talk about MVPs and things like that. To his credit, he continues to do that.” higher level. … We have two MVP-caliber players, so it’s always a good thing when you have a problem like that.”

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