As the NFL playoffs continue after an exciting Wild Card weekend, one of the biggest continues to be the rapid rise of current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy.
The former Iowa star kept his winning streak alive with Saturday’s 41-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, in his first playoff game. Purdy has led San Francisco to seven straight wins since taking over the starting role for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo on December 4.
However, Birdie’s next test will be his toughest yet. The 49ers will host the Dallas Cowboys at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the divisional round, with the winner advancing to the NFC Championship Game to face the New York Giants or Philadelphia Eagles.
Birdie’s wins came against the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Commanders, Las Vegas Raiders, Arizona Cardinals and two against the Seattle Seahawks. The only teams from that group — Miami, Seattle and Tampa Bay — all lost this past weekend. The Cowboys defense has been solid all year, which means Purdy will need to put up another solid performance if the 49ers are to survive.
In preparation for Saturday’s game, here’s what the NFL media, football analysts, and more have to say about Purdy’s late-season rise.
Is Brock Purdy considered a long-term San Francisco 49ers quarterback option after this season?
That’s what thought Tim Kawakami.
The veteran Bay Area columnist, who is now editor-in-chief of The Athletic’s Bay Area coverage, wrote Sunday that Purdy should be QB1 in San Francisco after this season. This is quite the advertisement considering Purdy didn’t take an NFL snap until early December.
But remember, the 49ers had a lot of uncertainty in the quarterback before this campaign began. Trey Lance, the 49ers’ first-round draft pick in 2021, was named the starter in training camp over Garoppolo, who signed a one-year contract late in the preseason to stay with San Francisco. This seemed to be the hierarchy until Lance suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 2, leaving Garoppolo as the starting pitcher until he was injured.
Garoppolo’s time with San Francisco has been turbulent, and Lance’s ability to stay on the field and develop at the rate at which he is expected to be a first baseman has slowed. All of this opens the door for Purdy, who has shown a lot this past month and could lead San Francisco to the Super Bowl.
How good was Brock Purdy’s first NFL playoff game?
This is what the athlete has Ted Nguyen answers here.
The box score looks pretty good for Purdy: 18-for-30 for 332 yards and three touchdowns, to go with four carries for 16 yards and a touchdown. No objections, no touch. The passing yardage was the highest of Birdie’s short career.
At the same time, you can’t ignore that Purdy was inserted into the ideal scenario for a rookie quarterback who was called upon to perform immediately at a high level.
Christian McCaffrey is perhaps the most versatile running back in the league, while George Kittle is among the more dynamic safety blankets at tight end. And having 1,000-yard receivers Brandon Ayuk and Debo Samuel to work with doesn’t hurt either.
That’s what Nguyen dives into — Purdy is incredibly brilliant, but he’s got a lot of help doing it. Purdy will likely need all that help, and then some more to keep San Francisco performing through the playoffs.
Is Brock Purdy already among the next wave of solid young quarterbacks?
That’s what USA TODAY’s is thought Nancy Armor.
On a Wild Card weekend that likely includes Tom Brady’s final game in the NFL, it’s only fitting that several young quarterbacks will lead teams to playoff victories alongside each other. Purdy was in the middle of that group.
At the beginning of this year, no one would have paired Purdy with the likes of Trevor Lawrence, Daniel Jones and other young QBs making big splashes. But here we are, naming all three securing wins over the weekend.
We’ll see what Purdy has in store next.
Other interesting looks at Brooke Birdie’s stunning run
Some of these were posted before the playoffs began. Other letters were written in response to Saturday’s victory.
What are the odds betting on an NFL playoff game for Brock Purdy vs San Francisco 49ers?
If you want to try to make money raising Purdy, here are a few options.
For starters, Purdy and San Francisco are favorites by 4 points and -200 on the money line ($20 bet gets you $10) Sunday against Dallas, According to the Tipico Sportsbook.
In the DraftKings, Purdy and the 49ers are +175 for winning the NFC ($10 bet wins you $17.50) and +450 for winning the Super Bowl ($10 bet wins you $45). Purdy is +750 to win Super Bowl MVP ($10 bet wins you $75).
Darjan Southard is a popular sports reporter and covers Iowa athletics for the Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.
This article originally appeared in the Des Moines Register: Brooke Purdy’s career has been amazing. That’s what the NFL media says.