49ers quarterback Brock Purdy had the worst game of his career in front of a national audience. It could be a blessing in disguise, though, as he will now be freed from the burden of MVP buzz that he has had to deal with the last several weeks.
Purdy threw four interceptions and eventually left the game due to injury in what was the worst game of his career.
Brock Purdy's bad game will now free him from the burden of MVP buzz
Going into the game, there were many who considered Purdy the favorite for the NFL’s MVP honor. This was not without good reason as he led the league in touchdown passes, passer rating, and yards per attempt.
Now, the Purdy for MVP chatter will likely die down significantly.
This is especially true since he went against the Ravens and another MVP frontrunner in quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson looked like an MVP on Monday night and made the vaunted 49ers defense look confused and slow.
Sure enough, Jackson's MVP stock is atop the ranks, whereas Purdy's has taken a massive dip, according to the latest oddsmakers at FanDuel:
This does not change the fact that Purdy has still had a great season. His 68% completion percentage and 29 touchdowns compared to 11 interceptions are numbers that practically all Niners fans would have accepted before the season began.
However, national narratives and overreactions to games matter, especially when it is late in the year for an MVP race. And any casual observer from that game would come away with a pretty clear answer as to who the MVP is.
And it's not Purdy.
I believe this could be a blessing in disguise for Purdy, though. He hasn't had to face too much adversity in his NFL career thus far, and this public embarrassment on Christmas in front of a national audience could be a great motivator for the rest of the season to prove the doubters wrong.
I have already argued that if Purdy were to lose the MVP race, it could be used as a motivational tool, especially if the 49ers are fortunate enough to make it to the Super Bowl this season.
Now, with him likely not having to receive any questions about the MVP race going forward, he can focus his mind fully on the main task at hand which is trying to bring a Super Bowl back to San Francisco.