Purdy makes history in 49ers’ wild-card win over Seahawks

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy’s meteoric rise continued in Saturday’s 41-23 wild-card win over the Seattle Seahawks, which saw the rookie make NFL history. 

According to the NFL media and research department, on Saturday, Purdy became only the second rookie in the Super Bowl era to both throw for a touchdown and rush for one in a playoff game. 

Purdy joins Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson as the only other player to accomplish the feat, doing so in 2012 with the Seahawks. 

Purdy capped off a five-play, 85-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter, hooking up with running back Christian McCaffrey from three yards out for his passing score. 

Meanwhile, midway through the third quarter, Purdy orchestrated a 13-play, 75-yard scoring drive, ending with a one-yard quarterback sneak on the goal line.

Purdy finished 18-of-30 for 332 yards and three touchdowns through the air, adding four rushes for 16 yards and a score in the 49ers’ victory. 

“Mr. Irrelevant” in last summer’s NFL Draft, selected No. 262 in the seventh round by the 49ers, Purdy now has a playoff victory under his belt. 

Thrust into the starting role in Week 14 after Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a broken foot, Purdy closed out the season going undefeated as the Niners’ starter. 

Purdy threw for 1,374 yards in those five starts, with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions, sporting a quarterback rating of 107.3. 

Purdy and the 49ers advance to the NFC divisional round, where they’ll either face the Minnesota Vikings or the winner of Monday night’s wild-card finale pitting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Dallas Cowboys.

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