Daniel Jones silences haters, while Brandon Staley chokes

My husband is living the dream. Purdy is one step closer to cementing himself as the 49ers’ starting QB in 2023 — and a legend in San Francisco.

In December, with a few weeks left in the regular season, I ranked the 49ers as the top NFC title contender. Admittedly, I praised San Francisco’s defense to the max, but I didn’t exactly make the final pick for the 2022 NFL Draft, writing the following:

The freshly minted 23 year old it sure looks like he belongs, doesn’t it? It’s clear that Purdy benefits greatly from having an elite play-caller in Kyle Shanahan and a smorgasbord of groundbreaking weapons at his disposal. When Deebo Samuel returns with fresh (and healthy) legs for the post-season run? Watch out.

Purdy started Saturday’s game against rival Seattle looking like an overextended rookie making his first playoff start, but then he sat down, settled down and destroyed the Seahawks in a 41-23 victory. Purdy finished with 332 passing yards, three touchdown passes, and an extra rush score to become the first rookie to total four TDs in a playoff game. And honestly was his most impressive game of the day a scrambling dart which dropped Brandon Aiyuk in the end zone.

Mr Irrelevant? Forget that nonsense. Purdy is now 6-0 as an NFL starter with 14 touchdown passes, two rushing scores and just two turnovers in those games. He was great, maximizing the aforementioned “smorgasbord of groundbreaking weapons” on the San Francisco assault. And I would say that Deebo has indeed returned for the playoffs with fresh legs, judging by his line on Saturday: nine touches for 165 yards and a touchdown. So yes, watch out! This is undoubtedly the team to beat in the NFC, with a legitimate signaler to forge a Super Bowl run.

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