Did Brock Purdy have his Joe Montana moment in playoff win over Packers?

Brock Purdy did not have his best game, but he just engineered a gamewinning drive in the playoffs to move the 49ers to the NFC Championship game.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) / Michael Owens/GettyImages
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The 49ers did it the hard way, toiling away in the wet at Levi's Stadium for a win over a plucky Packers outfit where Brock Purdy engineered a Joe Montana-like game-winning drive.

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In all seriousness, this was a stressful encounter but ultimately rewarding as the 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers 24-21 to advance to the NFC Championship for the third time in as many seasons. They'll await the winner of the Detroit Lions-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game to see who they get to host next week.

The weather was absymal with pouring rain affecting the conditions, and quarterback Brock Purdy was certainly affected as he didn't have his normal reliable game under center. Purdy went 23-of-39 passing for 252 yards and touchdown to tight end George Kittle.

Good on paper, but Purdy also missed a lot of very basic throws, perhaps due to nerves and/or the wet getting to him.

But lost in the frustration of the game, is Purdy might have had his Joe Montana moment. Specifically, from the 1981 NFC Championship game versus the Dallas Cowboys.

How Brock Purdy and Joe Montana compare:

People remember one thing from that particular game. You know, this thing:

The comparison is a simple one. Like Purdy against Green Bay, Montana did not play well in that game. If you're surprised, then it's understandable, we don't really recall too much other than that moment.

But Montana went 22-of-35 passing for 286 yards, three touchdowns and a whopping three interceptions in that game.

For all the hype over the play, this was not his best game either.

But, like Montana did in that NFC Championship game, Purdy balled when it mattered the most. He methodically went down the field in that drive with big throws as well as a key scramble late in the game, before running back Christian McCaffrey got over the line to give the 49ers the 24-21 lead that they held on to.

And, boy, did Purdy stand up.

Brock was literally perfect on that drive (the incompletion was a horrible drop by Kittle that Purdy placed perfectly). Like Montana, he stood up when needed and showed the NFL what he can do.

The end result: Purdy has led the 49ers to the NFC Championship for the second time in as many years. He showed he has the clutch gene, and he has a chance to avenge the wrongs of the NFC Championship last year.

Simply put, Purdy has shown he is the guy.

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