The 49ers walloped the Jaguars in Week 10, and Brock Purdy was a key reason why even though he wasn't perfect and nearly tossed another early interception.
During the bye week, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy admitted he needed to be more cautious with the ball but without coming at the expense of his aggressive nature.
Early during the Niners' Week 10 road game against a tough Jacksonville Jaguars defense, one which the red and gold ultimately won 34-3, Purdy appeared to side with the latter, which created quite a risk in the wake of tossing five interceptions over the previous three games, all losses for San Francisco.
On the 49ers' first offensive possession, Purdy ultimately found wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk for a 13-yard touchdown:
However, with multiple Jags defenders in Aiyuk's immediate vicinity, was it a great play by Purdy or a poor decision that just so happened to work out?
After all, throwing across the body when rolling out toward the opposite direction is rarely a good idea.
Brock Purdy, Kyle Shanahan both admit 1st 49ers touchdown was 'one of his worst decisions'
Speaking to reporters after the game, head coach Kyle Shanahan somewhat jokingly called out Purdy for the decision to throw there.
"I can say this because he played his ass off," Shanahan said of Purdy. "That was one of his worst decisions I think he's made since he's been here. It took me a while to get over it.
"I thanked him for the touchdown, but that was not a good decision."
Sure, the improvisation was great. But Purdy did take a massive risk, and that was something he also admitted in the postgame press conference.
"The smart decision was probably just continue to run and get as many yards as I can instead of putting the ball up like I did," the quarterback said. "But I saw [Aiyuk] in the back of the end zone sort of running in space. George [Kittle] as well. I just put it up toward the back, and B.A. came down with it.
"I'm not necessarily proud of that play, honestly."
As both Shanahan and Purdy joked later, however, the final results are what count most.
That said, the quarterback also had an impressive touchdown-scoring toss to Kittle while the pocket was collapsing, which is now the longest TD-scoring toss of the quarterback's young career:
Purdy finished the game going 19-of-26 for 296 yards, three touchdowns against no picks for a 148.9 passer rating, the highest rating of any signal-caller in Week 10 up until the late-day slate of games.
Even if Purdy had turned the ball over there, and all other things were equal, his performance would have easily been viewed as a bounce-back one in the wake of the three-game losing streak, previously.
Considering that throw went for a touchdown and not an interception, the stat line is just that much sweeter.