Brandon Aiyuk needs to be paid, racks up 2nd straight 1,000-yard season

Brandon Aiyuk has gone from being in Kyle Shanahan's doghouse two years ago to the No. 1 receiver on a top offense. He just racked up another 1,000-yard season off the back of a great throw by quarterback Brock Purdy.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) / Michael Owens/GettyImages
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The 49ers handily won their NFC West showdown 28-16 against the Seahawks with Brandon Aiyuk having a big day as he's due for a big contract.

This had all the makings of a trap game as the San Francisco 49ers had to face a divisional opponent desperate to get back to a winning record, as player after player on the defense started to get knocked out of the game.

Instead of folding, however, the Niners made no mistakes as they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-16 to go 10-3 for the season and potentially move to the top of the conference pending how the big Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday Night Football plays out.

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While Brock Purdy did his MVP credentials no harm with a big performance, another big milestone was reached by wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. The talented receiver responded from being in head coach Kyle Shanahan's doghouse two years ago to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

And the reception that brought it about was as pretty a connection from Purdy to Aiyuk as you could get:

Aiyuk is due for a big contract, one that the 49ers will have to do their best to pay as they'd be foolish to break apart their high-powered offense unless they absolutely cannot do so financially.

This is especially true for Aiyuk, who is far and away the best pure wide receiver on the team.

That's a can to be kicked down the road for after the season, however. For now, the Niners are focused on notching win after win to compete for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They avoided the trap game this week, but they have another dangerous divisional opponent lined up as they next travel to Arizona to take on a Cardinals team that looked much more competitive with quarterback Kyler Murray back under center.

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