The San Francisco 49ers have moved onto the Divisional round of the playoffs after a blowout 41-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
While it took a little bit longer than fans would have wanted, but the San Francisco 49ers finally managed to shut the door on a plucky Seattle Seahawks team that refused to go quietly.
The game was too close for comfort for much of the middle portion, with the 49ers clinging onto a 23-17 lead and the Seahawks driving down the field before a strip sack by EDGE Charles Omenihu was eagerly pounced on by fellow EDGE Nick Bosa. The touchdown on the ensuring possession finally opened the floodgates that fans had been clamoring for.
At the heart of it all was rookie quarterback Brock Purdy, who had a slow start of his own before hitting his stride in the second half with some key throws as well as moves on the ground to get the team going with yet another big offensive performance.
Purdy finished 18-for-30 passing for 332 yards, three passing touchdowns and a fourth touchdown on the ground. His most impressive throw wasn’t even completed, with wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk dropping what would have been a touchdown for the ages as well as the fifth total touchdown for the day for Purdy.
Purdy had the best playoff passing game since the legendary Joe Montana in Super Bowl XXIII (Montana went 23-for-36 passing for 357 yards and two touchdowns in the 20-16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals) and proved that yes, he has what it takes under the spotlight of playoff football.
However it wasn’t a perfect game, with Purdy also demonstrating some tendencies that need cleaning up if the 49ers are to walk away with a sixth Lombardi trophy. The good definitely outweighed the bad, so let’s look an objective look at both.