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The Niners steadily pulling away en-route to a 34-3 win, The Jaguars would never even match that point total

Nov 13, 2023 #49ers

Brock  Purdy’s  big day was a key  part   of   the   49ers’   recovery,  but  it   wasn’t  the only  one. 

Niners’ rout begins with Brock Purdy making ‘one of his worst decisions’.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy rolled out to his left and then released his pass right, directing it toward a trafficky middle of the end zone.

The ball sailed above tight end George Kittle’s head, inches from not one but two Jacksonville Jaguars defenders.

Niners receiver Brandon Aiyuk jumped and caught the ball for a touchdown as San Francisco took an early lead less than four minutes into the game.

The Jaguars would never even match that point total, the Niners steadily pulling away en route to a 34-3 win.

But the celebrations for the game-winning touchdown early in the game were muted.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game, “I can tell you he worked hard…but that was one of the worst decisions (Purdy) has made since he’s been here.”

“It took me a while to get over it. I thanked him for the touchdown. But it wasn’t a good decision.”


While Purdy himself admitted he was “not necessarily proud of the game,” Kittle called the risk of a crossbody “one of the biggest taboos — unless it works.” Stated.

This discrepancy emphasizes that the 49ers view the quarterback’s final month of play through the lens of playing. production?

During the team’s three-game losing streak ended on Sunday, Purdy averaged 254 passing yards per game, far short of the 296 he gained against the Jaguars.

Kittle said his teammates appreciated his confidence in “sitting in the pocket and giving us a chance,” and Shanahan appreciated the quarterback’s “stepping up.”

But the same fear that struck Shanahan during the Niners’ first possession Sunday was the same fear that hurt the 49ers during their losing streak: turnovers.

Purdy is just one of several reasons why this contest ended differently.
Brock Purdy’s big day was a key part of the 49ers’ recovery, but it wasn’t the only one.

During the 49ers’ three-game losing streak, Purdy threw three touchdowns, five interceptions, and lost one fumble. He completed 62.5 percent of his passes and averaged a passer rating of 77.0.
Against the Jaguars?


Purdy completed 73% of his pass attempts with three touchdowns and no turnovers. His efficiency rating of 148.9 reflects this.

Perhaps his strongest play of the game came on the second play of the third quarter, with the 49ers leading 13-3.

During halftime, Shanahan had outlined eight to 10 plays he had wanted to run in the second half, Kittle said.

But when Deebo Samuel caught a 9-yard pass on the first play of the half, the 49ers faced second-and-1.

Shanahan had told his team the Jaguars gravitated toward man coverage on that specific down-and-distance.

So Purdy held strong in a thoroughly collapsing pocket and trusted Shahanan’s scouting report.

Purdy believed that his four-time Pro Bowl tight end held a mismatch in single coverage down the right sideline against linebacker Devin Lloyd.

The quarterback had 30 air yards, and Kittle carried the final 36 yards to the end zone.

This time it was celebrated according to 49ers rules.

“I went into this game with a clear mindset: ‘I’ve got guys around me, I’ve got a great defense,’ and let’s play smart and make plays,” Purdy said.

“When you cut loose, you play freely, but it’s also important to stay within your plan and be smart with the ball.”
“I’ve got to keep playing like that moving forward.”

It’s easy to suggest Purdy’s performance made the difference in the results. But at least as much, the “dudes” around Purdy elevated their game Sunday.

San Francisco fronted 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams for the first time since Oct. 15, Purdy still under pressure vs. a talented Jags line but one link stronger.

Samuel also returned for the first time since his injury on Oct. 15, but had a schematic mismatch that didn’t fully reflect his 59 yards from scrimmage.

The 49ers’ four touchdowns came from a receiver, tight end, running back and fullback. Kittle said that’s possible with a weapon like Samuel in the lineup.


“If we can move him and Christian (McCaffrey), we’re going to trade them… In the process of defense, a lot happens on every play,” he said, who had just three catches for 116 yards and a touchdown. Kittle said. “You can force the defense a little bit and then attack with a devo and create a route to Christian.
“It’s great to have diversity in our offense.”

Defensively, the 49ers held the Jaguars, who averaged 24.1 points per game, to just three points. Jacksonville’s group had 341.4 yards of offense per game, but only 221 yards. Linebacker Fred Warner led the coverage play in the secondary, but Lawrence was disrupted and depleted the defensive line the 49ers had spent a lot of money on. The Niners, who had five sacks in the past three games, sacked Lawrence five times in one day.

The recently reunited Buckeye duo of Nick Bosa and Chase Young had a strip sack, and San Francisco forced two fumbles and recorded two more interceptions.

The plus-four turnover margin was much better than the 49ers’ average minus-1 margin during the skid.
Shanahan said he thought the pass rush unit played its best game.

“Whenever we have success, our defense is always on that side of the ball trying to really push something forward,” Purdy said. “I’m really glad our defense played well.”

After the comeback, the 49ers are expected to face the Eagles and Seahawks.

You can sleep well on a Sunday night in the Bay Area. If the 49ers’ win over the Jaguars is any indication, and fans and pundits seem to be inclined these days to think every game is a culmination of hopes and dreams, all of the Sun’s goals this season will be It’s still within reach. .

Purdy’s rookie success appears to be no mirage, the Niners’ defense appears to be the opposite of a collapse, and San Francisco’s playoff chances remain intact.

The Niners have always been able to do it, even with injuries and a short-term crisis that derailed October. So their win over the Jaguars is no surprise.

But that’s not the point. The players fearlessly recognized its importance.
“After losing four straight, a lot of people wanted to ring the alarm bells,” Williams said.

“We literally could have had our backs against the wall and when we won away against a team in good form, that was definitely what we needed.
“I think that was huge.”

According to the players, they also learned a lot from bad situations. “There were three games that didn’t go our way,” Warner said.

“We had to play 49ers football again, especially defensively. We talked about it. We have to be proud of what we put on tape and I feel like we accomplished that today.” I did.”

Over the next month, the 49ers will have plenty of opportunities to show if they can continue to employ this style of play.

After hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week, the 49ers will complete a three-game series with a home-and-away series against the Seattle Seahawks and a game against the Philadelphia Eagles in between.

The Eagles defeated San Francisco in the final NFC Championship game after Purdy suffered a torn UCL and the 49ers’ quarterback situation deteriorated enough to trigger a change in league rules in the spring.

The Seahawks are currently 6-3, the same as the Niners, with the San Francisco division lead down to the tiebreaker.

Outside noise is said to not be a driving force for the 49ers in the coming weeks.

But the growing number of tenors in the building will continue to remind this group of what they believe they are doing.

“We have very high standards that are higher than anyone on the outside,” defensive lineman Arik Armstead said.

“We want to be great, we want to be dominant and we want to play at a high level.

“We know our team needs this if we want to get to where we want to go.”

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