Brock Purdy continued his remarkable NFL start as the San Francisco 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks 41-23 on the first night of this season’s play-offs.
The rookie was this season’s ‘Mr Irrelevant’, the last man selected in the NFL draft, but has won all six games since injuries caused him to become the 49ers’ starting quarterback.
The Jacksonville Jaguars then pulled off the third largest comeback in play-off history to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30 after trailing 27-0 late in the second quarter.
Although Seattle led 17-16 at half-time, Purdy passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another as hosts San Francisco claimed an 11th straight win.
The 23-year-old is just the seventh rookie quarterback to win their first NFL play-off game and hopes to become the first to reach the Super Bowl.
“[I’m] just taking it one day at a time,” he said. “We’ve got a goal, to win the whole thing, but it’s tournament play and anything can happen.
“I’ve got such a great team, it’s not a one-man show and I’m very blessed to take them from here.”
Since beating Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers on his first start in week 14 of the regular season, Purdy has statistically been the best quarterback in the NFL.
That helped the 49ers secure the second seed in the NFC and they charged into a 10-0 lead against Seattle, with Purdy finding Christian McCaffrey for a three-yard touchdown.
The Seahawks replied with touchdowns from Kenneth Walker and DK Metcalf helping them edge in front.
But the 49ers were dominant after starting the second half with a 13-play drive, with Purdy punching it into the end zone from a yard out.
San Francisco forced a turnover on Seattle’s next possession and they made their divisional rivals pay with an Elijah Mitchell touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter.
Purdy then found Deebo Samuel in space and he ran in a 74-yard score, helping the quarterback to finish with 332 passing yards, before Metcalf claimed a late consolation.