Quarterback Brock Purdy engineered a huge comeback in the NFC Championship, some of it thanks to some incredible scrambling that led head coach Kyle Shanahan to praise him in the postgame interview.
The San Francisco 49ers are returning to the big dance, looking to win their sixth Lombardi Trophy thanks to a huge 17-point comeback in the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers scored 27 unanswered points in the second half to hold on and defeat the Detroit Lions 34-31.
It marked the biggest comeback in an NFC Championship Game since the Niners came back to beat the Falcons in 2012.
San Francisco will now have a rematch against the Kansas City Chiefs in two weeks, hoping to take down the dynasty from Arrowhead to lift the trophy aloft.
Quarterback Brock Purdy had a huge second half (albeit with a bit of luck thanks to a deep pass that deflected from the helmet of a Lions defender to land in the grateful arms of wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk.
These stats show what Purdy did in a second half that was screaming for a hero.
Let's talk about his rushing. Purdy made some incredible plays with his legs when he looked dead and buried in the pocket. The most important of which came on a critical third down late in the game, where he scrambled for a first down which would eventually turn into a touchdown and a 10 point game that essentially was the end.
Purdy has always had underrated athletic ability, but this was something the 49ers had not seen from him. It left head coach Kyle Shanahan almost speechless in the postgame presser as he described how he felt seeing Purdy scramble.
"I thought it was the difference between winning and losing. He made some big plays with his legs, getting out of the pocket and moving the chains for some first downs. He competed his ass off today. "- Kyle Shanahan
Shanahan also said he wasn't surprised that Purdy broke the game open, pointing out that Purdy had always had the ability to move about in the pocket and also make plays on the ground.
"I think Brock has been scrambling and making plays ever since we got him in. All you have to do is go back to the first game against Miami, and Brock makes a lot of plays with his legs, didin college too. Makes a lot of off schedules so thought it looked like Brock looks how everytime he plays."- Kyle Shanahan
While the comeback was a team effort that involved big plays by skill position players, defenders and a bit of luck as well, Purdy's ability to make defenses pay for leaving him with space could play a big part in the Super Bowl in two weeks.
If he's able to avoid pressure and create problems on the ground, it could very well be the key in what promises to be a tight and difficult game against the NFLs biggest powerhouse in the NFLs biggest game of the season.