Brock Purdy’s 4 TDs lead 49ers to wild card victory over Seahawks

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Brock Purdy threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth score in his playoff debut, leading the San Francisco 49ers to a 41-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks in a wild card game on Saturday.

Picking up where he left off in the regular season for the 49ers (14-4), Purdy showed few signs of playoff jitters by winning his sixth consecutive start since replacing an injured Jimmy Garoppolo early in a Week 13 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

The Niners advanced to the Divisional Round, where they will host the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Dallas Cowboys next weekend.

Purdy connected with a 3-yard pass to Christian McCaffrey in the first quarter, converted a 1-yard sneak in the third quarter, and threw a 7-yard TD pass to Elijah Mitchell early in the fourth to make it 31–17. to make.

The Niners broke it open when Deebo Samuel took a short pass from Purdy and rushed in a 74-yard score.

Purdy threw for 332 yards—the second-most ever for a rookie in the playoffs to Russell Wilson’s 385 in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons 10 years ago—and Purdy became the first ever rookie QB to account for four TDs in a playoff game.

The Seahawks (9-9) held close for most of the three quarters before a strip sack by Charles Omenihu spoiled a drive in the red zone late in the third quarter.

Purdy then hit Jauan Jennings on a 33-yard pass to set up the TD pass to Mitchell that broke the game open. Purdy tied an NFL rookie record set by Justin Herbert with his seventh straight game with multiple TD passes.

San Francisco piled up from there.

The loss ended a surprise season for the Seahawks, who entered the playoffs on the last weekend of their first season after trading Wilson.

Geno Smith stepped in admirably, throwing 30 TD passes in the regular season and keeping it close for a while in the playoff game thanks to a 50-yard TD pass to DK Metcalf in the first half.

Smith finished 25-for-35 for 253 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

The Niners raced to a 10-0 lead after two possessions got a field goal on the opening drive and then a 10-yard pass from Purdy to McCaffrey, following McCaffrey’s 68-yard run on the second possession.

But Seattle fought back with a 14-play drive capped by Kenneth Walker III’s 7-yard run and the deep pass to Metcalf.

Playing bone head

The Seahawks took a 17-16 halftime lead thanks to a blunt play by Niners safetyman Jimmie Ward. Smith scrambled 9 yards to his own 47 with 1 second left in the half, but Ward hit him late after he started to slide.

The 15-yard penalty kick moved the ball to the San Francisco 38 and Jason Myers made a 56-yard field goal to make it 17–16 at the half.

Seattle became the third team since the start of the 2000 postseason to lead at half in a playoff game after trailing by at least 10 at the end of the first quarter.

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