NFL Playoffs – 49ers smother Seattle, Purdy’s fairy tale continues


Last player selected in the last draft, third quarterback of the 49ers at the start of the season then propelled holder at the beginning of December, Brock Purdy did not miss his great debut in the playoffs. It was the question that the whole NFL was asking: was the « Mr Irrelevant » of last spring going to be up to the task in the very particular context of the post-season? He provided an unambiguous answer on Saturday night by guiding San Francisco to a big home victory against Seattle (41-23).

Without being exceptional, Purdy finished with remarkable statistics, delivering three touchdown passes, plus another on the run. He finished the game with 332 passing yards, just 24 yards off the California franchise record, owned by legend Joe Montana since 1989.

The rookie has, as a bonus, managed to avoid any costly mistake, the fear of the QB starting in the playoffs. And he relied on the many weapons at his disposal in attack, like running back Christian McCaffrey (119 yards on the ground in just 15 races) or his number one receiver Deebo Samuel (133 yards, a touchdown) .

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The day and the night

Coming from the same division, the NFC West, the two teams had crossed swords twice in the regular season, for two clear victories for the 49ers. On all of these two meetings, the attack of Seattle had produced only 20 points. She did almost as well on Saturday…in just two quarters. Returning to the locker room halfway through, the Seahawks were indeed leading by a short head, 17-16. Their defense had the merit of slowing down the Niners in the red zone, and offensively, there was finally life, culminating in a 50-yard touchdown from DK Metcalf on a pass from Geno Smith.

Seattle could therefore legitimately believe in the feat, but coach Pete Carroll’s machine completely jammed during the second act. It was day and night. San Francisco went into overdrive, scoring three touchdowns on its first three drives and the defense, led by Nick Bosa, the likely defensive MVP of the season, also upped the ante, prompting a fumble and then an interception. This is how the 49ers went from anxiety to absolute tranquility, and the last touchdown at the very end of the game from DK Metcalf did not change anything, even if, on a personal level, the Seahawks receiver ended up with impressive stats: 2 touchdowns and 136 yards.

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