SANTA CLARA, California. said Brock Purdy. three touchdowns and scored fourth in his playoff debut, leading the San Francisco 49ers to a 41–23 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Saturday’s wildcard game.
Purdy picked up where he left off in the regular season with the Photoniners (14-4) and had little to no excitement in the playoffs, winning his sixth straight start after replacing an injured Jimmy Garoppolo at the start of a 13 win over Miami. th week.
The Nines advanced to the divisional round, hosting Minnesota, Tampa Bay, or Dallas next weekend.
Purdy connected to 3 yard pass to Christian McCaffrey converted a 1-yard steal in the first quarter and a 7-yard TD pass to Elijah Mitchell early in the fourth to make it 31-17.
The Niners opened it when Deebo Samuel made a short pass from Purdy and raced forward. 74 yard score.
Purdy threw for 332 yards—the second most among playoff rookies after Russell Wilson’s 385 yards in a loss to Atlanta 10 years ago—and he became the first rookie quarterback ever to score four touchdowns in a playoff game.
The Seahawks (9-9) kept him close to the low for most of three quarters before Charles Omenihu strip bag at the end of the third quarter ruined the drive in the red zone.
Purdy then hit Jauan Jennings on a 33-yard pass to set up a TD pass on Mitchell that broke the game. Purdy set the NFL rookie record set by Justin Herbert in his seventh consecutive game with multiple TD assists.
That’s where San Francisco came in.
The loss marked a disappointing end to an amazing season for the Seahawks, who made the playoffs on the last weekend of their first season since trading Wilson.
Geno Smith intervened admirably, throwing 30 passes to TD in the regular season and holding him for a while in the playoff game thanks to Pass TD 50 yards at DK Metcalfe in the first half.
Smith finished 25 of 35 for 253 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
The Nines took a 10–0 lead after two field possessions on the first shot and then a 3-yard pass from Purdy to McCaffrey after McCaffrey’s 68-yard run on the second possession.
But Seattle bounced back with a 14-game drive that ended with a 7-yard run by Kenneth Walker and a deep pass to Metcalfe.
The Seahawks took a 17-16 lead thanks to a blunt performance by Niners defenseman Jimmy Ward. Smith ran 9 yards to his 47 with 1 second left in the half, but Ward hit him late as he began to slide.
A 15-yard penalty moved the ball to San Francisco 38 and Jason Myers hit a 56-yard field goal to make it 17-16 at the half.
Seattle became the third team since the start of the 2000 postseason to lead a halftime playoff game after trailing at least 10 late in the first quarter.
Seahawks LB Darrell Taylor (neck stinger) was out in the first half.
Seahawks: Off season.
49ers: Divisional round against Minnesota, Tampa Bay, or Dallas.
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