Brock Purdy is the rookie quarterback who was the third choice for his team, the San Francisco 49ers. At the start of the season, it was unlikely that he would be able to win a playoff game as the starting quarterback. This was especially true considering he was selected as the 262nd overall pick in the seventh round of the draft.
It almost feels like this was destined to happen if you look at the uncommon circumstances that led to Purdy being the 49ers' starting quarterback. At the start of the season, Trey Lance was given the nod as the starting quarterback over Jimmy Garoppolo.
Lance was injured in week 2, requiring ankle surgery and ending his season. Garappolo took over as the starter, but was injured in week 13, ending his season. The 49ers were now left with their third-choice QB, nicknamed "Mr.Irrelevant," to lead the team.
With the addition of Christian McCaffrey via trade from the Carolina Panthers,the 49ers are among the best teams in the league with a strong defense and a powerful running game. Purdy was expected to take on a game-managing role, avoiding turnovers and relying on the running game and defense to secure wins.
The strategy was expected to work well given the team's overall strength and the coaching acumen of Kyle Shanahan. However, he exceeded expectations by performing exceptionally well in his five weeks as the starting quarterback of the 2022 regular season.
Brock threw for 1,374 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions, completing 67.1% of his passes. These numbers were unexpected, as only a handful of people believed that he would be able to perform at such a high level.
Can Purdy lead the 49ers to the Superbowl?
While Brock Purdy's performances during the regular season were impressive, many doubted his abilities in the playoffs, where even experienced quarterbacks have struggled.
He proved himself yet again by delivering an impressive performance against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night, leading the team to a 41-23 victory. This showed that he is a star to watch out for and that his regular-season success was not a fluke.
It was an outstanding playoff game performance against the Seattle Seahawks. He threw for 332 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 rushing touchdown.
He became the first quarterback to win a playoff game in their rookie season since Russell Wilson in 2012. He is also the first rookie quarterback with four touchdowns in their playoff debut. This was a historic achievement and further solidified his place as a star in the league
The 49ers are a talented team with the potential to make it to the Superbowl. With Purdy's impressive performances in big games, many are now betting on the team to succeed.
At the start of the season, it would have been hard to envision Purdy in this position. However, he has exceeded expectations and proven himself to be a valuable asset to the team.
This season has been one to remember for Purdy, who has made history as a rookie quarterback. Whether or not the 49ers ultimately make it to the Superbowl, he has had an impressive season.