Studs, duds from 49ers drubbing of the Cardinals in Week 11

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (14) Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports /

49ers Dud: Brock Purdy’s miscue

A little lighthearted dud to close things out.

The blowout victory allowed the 49ers to empty their bench as much as they could, meaning fans saw the ultra-rare carry from rookie running back Jordan Mason and a rare sighting of Mr. Irrelevant himself, former Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy.

Mason acquitted himself well, running four times for 14 yards and looking like a player with a point to prove in doing so. With fellow rookie Ty Davis-Price serving as a healthy scratch in recent weeks, Mason showed himself capable of handling some snaps if called upon.

Purdy wasn’t asked to do much, save hand the ball to Mason and kneel it down after Samuel Womack’s game-sealing interception. But the rookie signal-caller had a very unfortunate miscue on his second play from scrimmage.

The quarterback turned to hand the ball off to Mason, but unfortunately, the running back was behind him, leaving Purdy with nowhere for the ball to go.

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To his credit, Purdy realized his mistake and managed to pick up 5 yards on a tough run up the middle. And while the point of this isn’t to make fun of the rookie, it does go to show how much work a backup quarterback gets during the week.

All in all, it was a fairly comprehensive and dominant performance from San Francisco. The hope among fans will be that this win is a harbinger of things to come and the continuation of a long winning streak to close out the regular season.

Next. Grades from 49ers domination of Cardinals in Week 11. dark