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Valley native, 49ers rookie QB Brock Purdy torches Seahawks for 4 TDs in playoff win

Jan 14, 2023, 7:09 PM | Updated: 10:10 pm
Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers scrambles against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth...
Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers scrambles against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 14, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Brock Purdy threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth score in his playoff debut, leading the San Francisco 49ers to a 41-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in a wild-card game on Saturday.

“We’ve got a goal of winning the whole thing,” Purdy said. “We’re in a tournament, so anything can happen. I’ve got such a great team, O-line, receivers, defense, across the whole board, man. It’s not a one-man show. I’m very blessed. Thankful to be here.”

Purdy picked up where he left off in the regular season for the 49ers (14-4) and showed few signs of playoff jitters by winning his sixth straight start since replacing an injured Jimmy Garoppolo early in a Week 13 win over Miami.

The Niners advanced to the divisional round where they will host either Minnesota, Tampa Bay or Dallas next weekend.

“When we’re playing our best football, offense is doing our thing, defense is doing their thing, we’re a hard team to beat,” Purdy said. “We know that. We’ve got to just keep clicking on all cylinders.”

Purdy connected on a 3-yard pass to Christian McCaffrey in the first quarter, converted a 1-yard sneak in the third quarter and a 7-yard TD pass to Elijah Mitchell early in the fourth to make it 31-17.

The Niners broke it open when Deebo Samuel took a short pass from Purdy and raced in for a 74-yard score.

Purdy threw for 332 yards — the second most ever for a rookie in the playoffs to Russell Wilson’s 385 in a loss to Atlanta 10 years ago — and he became the first rookie QB ever to account for four TDs in a playoff game.

The Seahawks (9-9) kept it close for most of three quarters before a strip sack by Charles Omenihu late in the third quarter spoiled a red zone drive.

Purdy then hit Jauan Jennings on a 33-yard pass to set up the TD pass to Mitchell that broke the game open. Purdy tied an NFL record for rookies set by Justin Herbert with his seventh straight game with multiple TD passes.

San Francisco piled on from there.

The loss brought a disappointing end to a surprising season for the Seahawks, who got into the playoffs on the final weekend in their first season after trading away Wilson.

Geno Smith stepped in admirably, throwing 30 TD passes in the regular season and keeping it close for a while in the playoff game thanks to a 50-yard TD pass to DK Metcalf in the first half.

Smith finished 25 for 35 for 253 yards, two TDs and one interception.

The Niners raced out to a 10-0 lead after two possessions getting a field goal on the opening drive and then a 3-yard pass from Purdy to McCaffrey following McCaffrey’s 68-yard run on the second possession.

But Seattle battled back with a 14-play drive capped by Kenneth Walker’s 7-yard run and the deep pass to Metcalf.

BONEHEAD PLAY

The Seahawks took a 17-16 lead into the half thanks to a bonehead play by Niners safety Jimmie Ward. Smith scrambled 9 yards to his own 47 with 1 second left in the half, but Ward hit him late after he started sliding.

The 15-yard penalty moved the ball to the San Francisco 38 and Jason Myers made 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 at the half in a playoff game after trailing by at least 10 at the end of the first quarter.

INJURIES

Seahawks LB Darrell Taylor (neck stinger) left the game in the first half.

UP NEXT

Seahawks: The offseason.

49ers: The divisional round against Minnesota, Tampa Bay or Dallas.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) throws touchdown pass to running back Christian McCaffrey (23) in front of Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, top, scrambles away from Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Poona Ford during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy as offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) looks on during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) rolls out to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) cannot catch a pass while being defended by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Mike Jackson (30) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) runs against Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen (27) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Seattle Seahawks place kicker Jason Myers (5) kicks a 56-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Seattle Seahawks cornerback Mike Jackson, right, breaks up a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, right, tackles Seattle Seahawks running back DeeJay Dallas during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, second from right, is hit by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. Ward was called for a penalty on the play. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk (44) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks safety Ryan Neal (26) as defensive tackle Poona Ford (97) looks on during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown on a keeper against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) runs against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) runs against Seattle Seahawks cornerback Mike Jackson during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, center right, fumbles the ball while sacked by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu, center left, during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. The 49ers recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) fumbles the ball while sacked by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. The 49ers recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, middle, catches a pass between San Francisco 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga (29) and cornerback Charvarius Ward (7) during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Seattle Seahawks tight end Colby Parkinson (84) runs against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw (57) during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reacts during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) reacts after losing a fumble against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) is pressured by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu (94) during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reacts toward line judge Julian Mapp during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell (25) scores against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings (15) catches a pass against Seattle Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs (6) during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) celebrates after scoring on a two point conversion during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs against Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen (27) and safety Quandre Diggs (6) during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) celebrates after scoring on a two point conversion during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) reacts on the sideline during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs toward the end zone to score during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward (7) during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, second from left, is tackled by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward, left, cornerback Jimmie Ward and safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey, middle, runs against Seattle Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs (6), linebacker Boye Mafe (53) and safety Ryan Neal during the second half of during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu (94) celebrates during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. The 49ers won 41-23. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) 
              San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu (94) and linebacker Fred Warner (54) celebrate after defensive end Samson Ebukam sacked Arizona Cardinals quarterback David Blough during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) celebrates after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. The 49ers won 41-23. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) and wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) walk off the field after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. The 49ers won 41-23. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, left, greets San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy after an NFL wild card playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. The 49ers won 41-23. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) speaks to supporters after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. The 49ers won 41-23. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) walks on the field after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. The 49ers won 41-23. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) walks off the field after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. The 49ers won 41-23. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel speaks at a news conference after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan speaks at a news conference after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy speaks at a news conference after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll speaks at a news conference after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith speaks at a news conference after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey speaks at a news conference after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa speaks at a news conference after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers scrambles against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 14, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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