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These 49ers were built to win it all this season if you like pretend

Don’t pretend you don’t think so.
You can bury that thought deep, but it surfaced when Brock Purdy led the 49ers in a near-miraculous comeback in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game with deep passes, restless optimism and two game-changing 21-yard scrambles.

The 49ers franchise quarterback (is there any doubt now?) certainly looked like the second coming of peak Russell Wilson, the 49ers’ old boogeyman. And I know you noticed it.

The 49ers certainly did.
After years of failing to defeat the dark magic quarterback, the 49ers decided they needed their own mystique at the most important position in the game.

Cue Purdy, who entered the postseason amid a wave of criticism — some even fair — and silenced even his most ardent doubters after Sunday’s performance.

Didn’t you think that was enough? This is the best second half of football you’ve ever seen, with 27 unanswered points to advance to the Super Bowl.

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Game manager? When it comes to game management, even Patrick Mahomes (the Niners’ Super Bowl opponent and the man once called the greatest quarterback of all time) qualifies.

Purdy made some big plays Sunday, but hit some absolute money shots in the second half.

This alley-oop crossed with Jauan Jennings. That throw to Kyle Juszczyk, where it came out of a pocket, rolled to his left and then hit the fullback touching the sideline.

That absolute dart to Deebo Samuel for 20-plus yards that split four Detroit defenders.

That touchdown throw to Brandon Aiyuk, where Purdy extended the play by sliding to the left of him and then ripped the ball between two collapsing defenders.

It was 10 out of 10 stuff when nothing less would work.

Game director? People embarrassed themselves before the match with such ill-informed speeches. If you want to assign that label to Purdy now, you expose yourself as an idiot.

If you can’t respect and appreciate his performance on Sunday, football is not the sport for you.

Add in those winning battles, and maybe I underestimated Purdy too. Maybe he’s more Mahomes than Wilson.

But let’s stick to the principle here: Wilson is the competitor.
If only for the settlement of the whole thing.

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These 49ers were built to win it all this season. Things got tough in the NFC playoffs, but they have a chance to finish the job on February 11 in Las Vegas.

The Niners have been able to build this incredible roster of superstar players in large part because Purdy — now empirically a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback — makes less money each year with the 49ers than any of the game’s announcers on Fox. (Yes, all four.)

This model – a super cheap but extremely effective quarterback and the best team money money can buy – is the same model that took the Legion of Boom Seahawks to two straight Super Bowls (winning one and falling to one metre). . a second.)

And even after Wilson got paid, dismantling Seattle’s great defense, the Seahawks continued to win.

Wilson won nine straight early in his career and became arguably the most cursed name among 49ers fans since Kyle Williams.

Fans of the Seahawks, Packers and now Lions are miles ahead of the rest of the NFC when it comes to cursing Purdy. I’m sure the Rams and others will catch up soon.

It’s easy to underestimate Purdy: He’s not a Josh Allen type. He doesn’t have Mahomes’ arm strength. He can’t run like Lamar Jackson. He looks like a trainee of the team when he wears normal clothes.

He is 6 feet tall and doesn’t have the biggest arm or fastest feet. And yet, he still finds a way to play with both his arms and his feet, tearing out the hearts of his opponents (and his critics).

He’s also humble to the point of stupidity, relentlessly optimistic, a big Jesus, and on the field he is – and I say this with all due respect – a real adversary to compete against.

To me, this certainly feels like the second coming of Wilson. Mr. Irrelevant became Mr. Unlimited

And it’s troubling but brilliant news for the 49ers: Wilson won the Super Bowl in his second year as a starter.

Can Purdy do the same this year? The Niners are the favorites to win it all.

But a word to the wise: If the Niners follow Wilson and the Seahawks’ lead and return to the Super Bowl next year, make sure you pass the ball to Christian McCaffrey at the 1-yard line.

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