Stats, reactions from Brock Purdy's big 49ers playoff debut

ByWilliam E. Ricks ESPN logo
Monday, January 16, 2023
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy continued his impressive rookie campaign with a sensational performance in Saturday's NFC wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawksat Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Purdy finished with 348 total yards (332 passing, 16 rushing) and four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing). After trailing 17-16 at halftime, Purdy and the 49ers' offense turned it on in the second half, outscoring the Seahawks 25-6 en route to a 41-23 victory.

Purdy, the last pick of the 2022 NFL draft, made history in his NFL playoff debut. Here are some of the numbers behind the rookies' electrifying performance.

262 and 2012: Purdy was the 262nd pick of this past year's draft, given the title of "Mr. Irrelevant." He became the lowest drafted rookie to start a playoff game in NFL history. With Saturday's win, he became the first rookie quarterback to win a playoff game since Russell Wilson in 2012.

23 and 18: At 23 years, 18 days old, Purdy became the youngest quarterback to throw for 300-plus yards and three touchdowns in a postseason game. Dan Marino (23 years, 113 days) was the previous record holder.

332: Purdy's 332 passing yards were the third most by a rookie in playoff history, trailing only Wilson (385) and Sammy Baugh (335). He is also just the fourth rookie quarterback to throw for 300-plus yards in a postseason game.

7: Purdy has thrown a passing touchdown in seven straight games, tied with Steve Young for the second-longest streak in Niners franchise history. Jeff Garcia is first with eight consecutive games with a passing touchdown.

3: The number three is historic on many fronts for Purdy:

He is the third quarterback with 300-plus yards and at least four touchdowns in their playoff debut. Matthew Stafford (2011) and Kurt Warner (1999) are the others.

Purdy is the third rookie signal-caller with at least a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown in a postseason game, joining Wilson (2012) and Ed Danowski (1934).

Purdy joins Dak Prescott (2016) and Baugh (1937) as the only rookie quarterbacks to have three touchdown passes in a playoff game.

Purdy is also the third quarterback to have three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in his playoff debut, joining Alex Smith and Stafford (both in 2011).

During the postgame news conference, Purdy caught wind of James' praise on Twitter.

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