What Purdy proved
There was a big narrative going around this week about what Brock Purdy would do in the playoffs. Sure he was able to lead the team in the regular season, but to have the national spotlight shining hard upon you in a playoff game is another matter entirely.
Purdy became the first rookie to win a playoff game since Russell Wilson for the Seahawks in 2013, recorded a blowout and was exceptional overall.
So in short the narrative has been answered. Purdy does indeed have what it takes to prosper in the playoffs.
And the scary notion is he can only get better. He had the best playoff game by a 49ers QB in over 30 years, and yet he missed several big throws including a deep touchdown to Jauan Jennings while having another one dropped.
If Purdy can just iron out some of the wrinkles in recent weeks like his slow start and his timing on the deep ball, he can put any team to the sword in the playoffs. He’s just a rookie, that’ll come with more experience under his belt.
But those adjustments aside, the command of the offense is incredible for any rookie let alone the circumstances Purdy faced when he did, and he’s no shrinking violet who regresses when the playoff spotlight is upon him.
As of writing the opponent for the 49ers is unclear coming up. It’ll be the Minnesota Vikings if they defeat the New York Giants, or else it’ll be the winner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Dallas Cowboys matchup. There’s no reason the 49ers can’t beat any of these teams.
If the 49ers can just piece together 12 more quarters of winning football, they’ll have a sixth Lombardi finally in their trophy cabinet.
And if Purdy is the one to lead them there and become the first rookie quarterback ever in the NFL to accomplish that feat, it’ll be the beginning of what looks to be an exceptional career for the young man.