Antelope Valley Press

49ers QB Purdy answers skeptics with a nearly flawless 2-game stretch


SANTA CLARA — Any doubts raised about Brock Purdy during the first little slump of his brief NFL career have been emphatical­ly answered by his record-setting performanc­e the past two games.

The five intercepti­ons that contribute­d to a three-game losing streak for the San Francisco 49ers turned into near flawless play the past two weeks capped by his perfect passer rating in Sunday’s 2714 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Purdy is 40 for 51 for 629 yards, six TDs, no intercepti­ons and a 157.3 passer rating the past two weeks against the Bucs and Jaguars for the highest passer rating ever in a two-game stretch.

Purdy said he credited getting the “chip” back on his shoulder after the shaky stretch for the recent turnaround.

“Getting back to that and then proving myself every drive, every play that I can be the guy for this team and I have to earn it every single week at practice, in meetings, whatever it may be,” he said.

“So, that’s the mindset of what I was talking about and definitely more in tune to being detailed and stuff the last couple weeks and finding that chip again.”

Purdy is the seventh player to have a passer rating of at least 145 in two straight games with at least 20 attempts and the first to do it since Drew Brees in 2018.

Purdy leads the NFL in passer rating (115.1), completion rate (70.2%), yards per attempt (9.7) and percentage of passes for touchdowns (6.5%).

“System quarterbac­k, right?” tight end George Kittle said derisively about the criticism Purdy receives. “Brock’s fantastic in the way he shows up every single day. Someone asked him about his mindset, like how he can be so aggressive and protect the football. He talked about being a surgeon. He talked about having zero fear and just that quote from him shows his maturity level, how he understand­s the game and what it means to play quarterbac­k at a high level while being aggressive at taking care of the football.”

Few quarterbac­ks have been put into a better situation than Purdy on a 49ers offense that features playmakers such as Kittle, Christian McCaffrey, Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel; an All-Pro left tackle in Trent Williams; and one of game’s best play-callers in coach Kyle Shanahan.

But the Niners bristle at the suggestion that Purdy is just along for the ride and is being carried by his teammates.

“Yeah, that’s a horrendous statement,” McCaffrey said. “That’s never been the case. You could make that argument with any quarterbac­k. I can show you the tape. If we really sit down and watch all the amazing throws, amazing plays, off-schedule plays, and the checks that he’s getting to. It starts with him.”

Purdy has helped take the Niners to another level since taking over as quarterbac­k last December, being far more productive than any of his predecesso­rs under Shanahan, including Jimmy Garoppolo, who helped San Francisco reach the Super Bowl following the 2019 season.

Purdy has added new elements to the San Francisco offense with his ability to scramble to extend plays and willingnes­s to throw deep.

Purdy’s 20 completion­s on throws at least 20 yards downfield this season are the most for any 49ers quarterbac­k in Shanahan’s seven seasons. He has completed 60.5% of his deep throws with four TDs, no intercepti­ons and a 144.3 rating that would be the highest for any qualifying QB since Sportradar began tracking air yards in 2006.

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