Brock Purdy played his worst game as a pro in prime time in the 49ers' loss to the Ravens, and his MVP odds just took an irreparable blow.
Officially, Week 16's Monday Night Football contest between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens was nothing more than an epic Christmas Day battle between two 11-3 teams atop their respective conferences.
Unofficially, it was something of a referrendum for the NFL MVP award between quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Brock Purdy.
Under the bright lights at Levi's Stadium, it was Jackson who shined against an elite Niners defense playing in front of its home crowd.
Purdy, meanwhile, crumbled.
No hyperbole needed, Purdy's four-interception performance during the game was easily the worst outing of his NFL career, and the signal-caller who had been an oddsmaking favorite to win NFL MVP this season ended up going 18-of-32 for 255 yards, no touchdowns and a lowly 42.6 passer rating in San Francisco's 33-19 loss.
Considering how much weight can be given to deciding the MVP based on late-season performances, combined with the fact that Purdy and Jackson were facing off opposite each other, it's no surprise how Purdy's MVP stock just took a massive, massive hit.
Brock Purdy MVP odds collapse behind Lamar Jackson (and Christian McCaffrey, too)
Purdy and Jackson were fairly close in MVP odds entering Week 16, but the primetime bout that had Jackson tossing two touchdowns as part of his 252 total pass yards now makes him the favorite, according to the oddsmakers at FanDuel
Jackson is now the favorite at -175, whereas Purdy dropped all the way down to +1150 in fourth place.
Interestingly enough, running back Christian McCaffrey is now second in MVP odds at +445.
"It's easy to be riding the high and thinking you're the man when things are going well," Purdy said after the game. "Winning games and all that kind of stuff, and you don't really see a whole lot of adversity in some games. This is the reality of the NFL.
"And so, for myself, I obviously have to look myself in the mirror, watch the plays where I need to get better, make some cleaner decisions, help my team put up points and score and protect the ball."
There's always a chance Purdy and the Niners wallop both the Washington Commanders and Los Angeles Rams in their final two games of the regular season, while Jackson and the Ravens could completely flounder against the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers to close out their regular-season campaign.
In all likelihood, though, the MVP race was probably decided in Santa Clara on Monday night, and it's not going to wind up in Purdy's favor.
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