SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Brock Purdy threw three landing passes and ran for a fourth rating in his playoff debut, main the San Francisco 49ers to a 41-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in a wild-card recreation on Saturday.
Purdy picked up the place he left off within the common season for the 49ers (14-4) and confirmed few indicators of playoff jitters by profitable his sixth straight begin since changing an injured Jimmy Garoppolo early in a Week 13 win over the Miami Dolphins.
The Niners superior to the divisional spherical, the place they are going to host both the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay (*4*) or Dallas Cowboys subsequent weekend.
Purdy related on a 3-yard move to Christian McCaffrey within the first quarter, transformed a 1-yard sneak within the third quarter and threw a 7-yard TD move to Elijah Mitchell early within the fourth to make it 31-17.
The Niners broke it open when Deebo Samuel took a brief move from Purdy and raced in for a 74-yard rating.
Purdy threw for 332 yards — the second most ever for a rookie within the playoffs to Russell Wilson’s 385 in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons 10 years in the past — and Purdy turned the primary rookie QB ever to account for 4 TDs in a playoff recreation .
The Seahawks (9-9) stored it shut for many of three quarters earlier than a strip sack by Charles Omenihu late within the third quarter spoiled a purple zone drive.
Purdy then hit Juan Jennings on a 33-yard move to arrange the TD move to Mitchell that broke the sport open. Purdy tied an NFL file for rookies set by Justin Herbert together with his seventh straight recreation with a number of TD passes.
San Francisco piled on from there.
The loss introduced a disappointing finish to a shocking season for the Seahawks, who obtained into the playoffs on the ultimate weekend of their first season after buying and selling away Wilson.
Geno Smith stepped in admirably, throwing 30 TD passes within the common season and retaining it shut for some time within the playoff recreation thanks to a 50-yard TD move to DK Metcalf within the first half.
Smith completed 25-for-35 for 253 yards and two TDs with one interception.
The Niners raced out to a 10-0 lead after two possessions getting a subject aim on the opening drive then a 3-yard move from Purdy to McCaffrey, following McCaffrey’s 68-yard run on the second possession.
But Seattle battled again with a 14-play drive capped by Kenneth Walker III’s 7-yard run and the deep move to Metcalf.
The Seahawks took a 17-16 lead into the half thanks to a bonehead play by Niners security Jimmie Ward. Smith scrambled 9 yards to his personal 47 with 1 second left within the half, however Ward hit him late after he began sliding.
The 15-yard penalty moved the ball to the San Francisco 38, and Jason Myers made a 56-yard subject aim to make it 17-16 on the half.
Seattle turned the third staff for the reason that starting of the 2000 postseason to lead on the half in a playoff recreation after trailing by not less than 10 on the finish of the primary quarter.