Brock Purdy analysis: How did San Francisco 49ers QB fare in first two NFL playoff games?

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers have a huge NFL playoff game on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, with the winner advancing to Super Bowl 57 in Arizona.

But before we look ahead to that pivotal NFC Championship Game, let's look back at how Purdy, a rookie quarterback out of Gilbert (Arizona) Perry High and Iowa State, thrust into the spotlight after injuries to Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo, has fared in his first two NFL playoff games.

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Jan. 14 NFC Wild Card Round game: San Francisco 49ers 41, Seattle Seahawks 23

Purdy's first NFL playoff game was an impressive one as the rookie quarterback went 18-for-30 for 332 yards passing, with three touchdown passes and no interceptions.

He also rushed for a touchdown and had four carries for 16 yards on the ground.

Purdy dazzles in the game, connecting on a 3-yard pass to Christian McCaffrey in the first quarter to give San Francisco a 10-0 lead.

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His touchdown run came from 1-yard out in the third quarter and put the 49ers ahead for good in the game, 23-17.

Early in the fourth quarter, he hit Elijah Mitchell from seven yards out and completed a pass to George Kittle for the 2-point conversion to extend his team's lead to 31-17.

His final touchdown was a 74-yard pass to Deebo Samuel with 10:51 left in the game that put the 49ers ahead, 38-17.

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The performance earned Purdy some rave reviews on social media:

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Purdy's numbers weren't nearly as impressive in his second NFL start, but he was going up against one of the NFL's best defenses and he didn't turn the ball over again.

In the win over Dallas, Purdy completed 19-of-29 passes for 214 yards. He rushed three times for eight yards.

Purdy built off his chemistry with George Kittle in this game, connecting with the tight end on five catches for 95 yards.

One highlight was a 17-yard completion to Deebo Samuel 2nd and 19 late in the first half that set up a Robbie Gould 47-yard field goal to tie the game at 6.

Just a few minutes later, he connected on a beautiful 21-yard pass to Jauan Jennings that set up a 50-yard field goal by Gould to give the 49ers a 9-6 lead as time expired in the first half.

He had a key 30-yard pass to Kittle in the third quarter that eventually led to the 49ers' lone touchdown of the day, a two-yard run by McCaffrey.

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Social media praised Purdy's poise against the Cowboys' unrelenting pressure:

Can the rookie quarterback deliver again against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday to send the 49ers to the Super Bowl?

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