If Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has MVP favoritism behind him, then it should be a given that 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy has a strong case of his own.
Do you hear that sizzling sound? That's the sound of the San Francisco 49ers laying a 40-burger in Philadelphia as the team overcame a 6-0 deficit at the end of the first half to win 42-19 against the Eagles in a game that showed exactly why the Niners were right to be favored.
At the center of it all, combined with some amazing yards-after-the-catch work, was quarterback Brock Purdy.
Purdy has the finest game of his young career, going to the field where he tore his elbow and taking revenge by tearing up the Eagles defense.
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Purdy finished the game 19-of-27 passing for 314 yards and four touchdowns. After a slow first quarter to the game where San Francisco had negative yardage on offense, head coach Kyle Shanahan made the adjustments and Purdy delivered on the field.
In the end, the beatdown was such that Purdy was able to sit out the final few minutes of the game.
Hurts is seen as the favorite for the MVP award with Purdy a distant sixth (still an excellent place to be for a second-year signal-caller, let alone Mr. Irrelevant).
But the truth is simple: Purdy outdueled Hurts in his own house, and it wasn't even close. Hurts would finish the game 26-of-45 passing for 298 yards and a touchdown. It should be noted a lot of yardage and the touchdown came in garbage time, with the Eagles padding Hurts and his passing stats a little by having him throw the touchdown despite being right on the goal line where they would usually use their "tush push" play.
Purdy has suffered rank disrespect from certain quarters refusing to admit he's good and he's simply been carried. Well, Purdy has done something nobody has been able to do this year, and that's defeat the Eagles in Philadelphia.
And he did it by a 42-19 margin.
Hurts can be in the MVP conversation, but Purdy has elbowed himself right alongside in that discussion, too.
Anyone refusing to admit he's good can only stick their heads in the sand for so much longer.
The stats don't lie, the wins don't lie, and neither does the eyetest.
Brock Purdy is the perfect franchise guy for San Francisco, and he is a legitimate MVP contender in his second season.