San Francisco 49ers 21-13 Seattle Seahawks: Brock Purdy leads Niners to NFC West division title

‘MR. Irrelevant’ do it again! Rookie quarterback Brock Purdy leads Niners into playoffs as San Francisco clinches NFC West division with 21-13 victory over archrival Seahawks

Rookie Brock Purdy threw a pair of touchdown passes to George Kittle, and the San Francisco 49ers won their first NFC West title since 2019, beating the Seattle Seahawks 21-13 on Thursday night.

Despite using their third starting quarterback this season, the 49ers (10-4) continued to show they can be the class of the NFC along with Philadelphia. San Francisco won its seventh straight, using its suffocating defense to frustrate Seattle into countless mistakes.

The Niners got a handful of big plays from their rookie quarterback. Playing on the road for the first time in his career, Purdy connected on his first 11 pass attempts, including a 28-yard TD to Kittle in the first quarter when Purdy ran two fakes before hitting his tight end wide open.

Rookie quarterback Brock Purdy led the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC West title on TNF

Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly (89) is tackled by 49ers safety Tashaun Gipson Sr.

Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly (89) is tackled by 49ers safety Tashaun Gipson Sr.

Purdy and Kittle connected again early in the second half when Seattle’s defense blew a coverage, leaving Kittle open for a 54-yard TD and a 21-3 San Francisco lead. Purdy finished 17 of 26 for 217 yards, joining Aaron Rodgers as the only QBs since at least 1950 to have a passer rating of at least 115 in each of their first two starts.

Kittle had four catches for 93 yards and Christian McCaffrey rushed for 108 yards, including a 1-yard TD run in the final minute of the first half after a Seattle turnover.

Seattle (7-7) lost for the fourth time in five games, and its playoff hopes took another blow. Geno Smith threw for 238 yards and Seattle’s first offensive TD this season against the 49ers, but was under constant pressure.

Tyler Kroft #81 of the San Francisco 49ers makes a reception against the Seattle Seahawks

Tyler Kroft #81 of the San Francisco 49ers makes a reception against the Seattle Seahawks

Seattle pulled within one score late in the fourth quarter after Robbie Gould missed a 43-yard field goal and the Seahawks went 67 yards in 1:25. Smith hit Noah Fant on a 10-yard TD with 3:35 left. But Purdy converted a third-and-1 with a scramble before the 2-minute warning, and Jordan Mason sealed the victory with a 55-yard rush with 1:02 left.

Smith was kicked three times and hit nine times. When he had time to throw, open windows for the pass catchers were small. Seattle had one play longer than 20 yards.

And Seattle missed capitalizing on a 49ers mistake late in the first half.

San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks

San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks

Seattle scored its first offensive points in two games against the 49ers midway through the second quarter on Jason Myers’ 38-yard field goal. Seattle’s only points in the first game of Week 2 came on a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown.

But the Seahawks followed with a pair of critical mistakes. Quandre Diggs dropped a potential interception that would have given Seattle the ball on San Francisco’s side of the field.

And Travis Homer fumbled on a big hit by Dre Greenlaw at the Seattle 41 with 1:08 left in the second quarter. The fumble was returned 35 yards by Charvarius Ward, and two plays later McCaffrey scored to give the 49ers a 14-3 lead.

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