Paul Heyman said it.
The iconic WWE promoter, who spent years championing Brock Lesnar, appeared on “FOX NFL Kickoff” before Saturday’s Seattle Seahawks-San Francisco 49ers wildcard game to promote another Brock: the 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy.
And Purdy lived up to the hype.
The Iowa State rookie, who was selected as “Mr. Irrelevant” with the final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, completed 18 of 30 passes for 332 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in their playoff debut as the 49ers folded. the second half to beat the Seahawks 41-17 and advance to the divisional round. He also had a rushing touchdown.
Although the 49ers’ other stars also came up big: Christian McCaffrey had 119 rushing yards, Deebo Samuel had a 74-yard touchdown and Nick Bosa had a key fumble recovery as San Francisco held on for six points. . lead in the third quarter: Purdy had a buzz on social media, with LeBron James even weighing in. San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb, a native of Northern California, also tipped his cap.
Purdy later responded to James’ tweet:
Purdy became the first rookie quarterback drafted in the seventh round to start a playoff game in more than 70 years, and he made more history with his play. The 23-year-old is just the second rookie in the Super Bowl era to have three passing touchdowns in a playoff game (Dak Prescott) and the second to have at least one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown in a game of playoffs (Russell Wilson). ).
Purdy’s 332 yards were the most by a 49ers quarterback in the playoffs since Joe Montana in the 1989 Super Bowl. He becomes just the fourth quarterback in franchise history to have more than 300 yards and more than three touchdowns, joining Montana’s Steve Young. and Jeff Garcia.
The 49ers now get another home game against the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys or Tampa Bay Buccaneers, depending on how the rest of Super Wild Card Weekend goes, and Purdy’s performance on Saturday should put any potential opponent on notice.
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