Brock Purdy won't have time to overthink his overthrows vs. Rams (and that's a good thing)

Brock Purdy's overthrows against the Rams would have mattered significantly more if the 49ers lost that game.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

51. 49ers-Rams score. 30. 42. Final. 23

Brock Purdy left plenty of yards and some touchdowns off the board during the 49ers' win over the Rams, but he can't dwell on it with the Giants coming to town for Thursday Night Football.

In many cases within professional sports, it's helpful to have a short memory. Case in point, relief pitchers who blow a save are usually asked to go out for the next save opportunity while not recalling the gaffe from before.

Thankfully for quarterback Brock Purdy, the San Francisco 49ers had plenty of other means to defeat the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2, coming away with a 30-23 victory at SoFI Stadium and improving to 2-0 in the process.

While Purdy finished the day going 17-of-25 for 206 yards, it was clearly one of his poorer performances over the course of his extremely young career.

And overthrows were a major problem.

Three in particular -- one over wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, one over wide receiver Jauan Jennings and one over wide receiver Deebo Samuel -- looked exceptionally bad. Two of those, likely the ones to Aiyuk and Samuel, could have resulted in touchdowns if the throws were on point, too.

"I think they were all tough ones," head coach Kyle Shanahan said of Purdy's overthrows after the game. "I think the Aiyuk one was his toughest one because it was his No. 1 read, and it sailed a little bit. The one with Deebo, he went all the way across the board on a tough read. You'd love for him to hit it, but he did miss it. ... The main thing he did was protect the ball."

In that regard, Kudos to Purdy. It wasn't his cleanest or best game, but at least he didn't turn the ball over like his counterpart, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, did by tossing two interceptions.

Brock Purdy takes responsibility for overthrowing 49ers receivers, still can't dwell on it long

In the same postgame media session, Purdy took responsibility for not hitting his targets on Sunday.

"There are a couple of opportunities obviously out there that I missed in terms of the deep ball and whatnot," Purdy acknowledged. "But [we] found a way to win."

Purdy failed to continue his streak of at least two touchdown passes per game, and he had achieved the feat in his previous six regular-season starts dating back to last year, an NFL record.

So, that streak ends. But the quarterback is probably just happier with the win.

"I just overthrew them," Purdy admitted. "The one to BA, the one to Deebo, and then JJ on that third down. Those are on me. I've got to be better. I've got to hit them in stride and not overthrow them. Simple as that."

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Purdy doesn't appear to be of the ilk that'll get into his own head after a so-so performance (or worse). Even if he was, the second-year pro won't exactly have the chance to overthink things ahead of the Niners' next game.

San Francisco is on a short week, heading home for its regular-season opener at Levi's Stadium against the 1-1 New York Giants for Thursday Night Football.

Yes, there'll be a few practices at which Purdy can work on not overthrowing targets, and that'll hopefully translate well into Thursday night's game versus the G-Men.

But the better news is that it's a quick turnaround (and Purdy didn't exactly cost the 49ers a loss anyway), so the ability to get out there and correct whatever needs to be corrected will happen in short order.

That's a good thing for the young QB, and it's also good for his receiving targets.

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