Brock Purdy’s History in Prime Time
Purdy is set to make his fifth career appearance in prime time on Thursday night as he looks to continue a run of largely successful stints when the lights are brightest.
That run began on Dec. 15, 2022, when Purdy led San Francisco to a 21-13 victory over the Seahawks on Thursday Night Football in just his third career start as a rookie. He threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns in the game as the 49ers built up a 21-3 lead early in the second half and held on from there.
He has made three more prime-time appearances so far this season and largely continued that success amid another solid season for San Francisco.
The first of the year came in a Week 3 meeting with the New York Giants. Purdy went 25-of-37 for 310 yards and two touchdowns on the day, leading the 49ers to a comfortable 30-12 victory on Thursday Night Football.
Purdy delivered again two weeks later in a Week 5 drubbing of the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. He went 17-of-24 for 254 yards and four touchdowns in the contest as San Francisco rolled to a dominant 42-10 win.
Purdy’s first prime-time blemish came two weeks later, however, when the 49ers took on the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. His numbers were not all bad in going 21-of-30 for a touchdown, but two interceptions proved costly in the narrow 22-7 defeat.
All in all, that history leaves Purdy with a 3-1 record across his four starts for San Francisco in prime time. He has gone a combined 80-of-117 (68.4%) for 1,051 yards, nine touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Purdy Faces Key Clash With Seahawks
Purdy will look to continue that track record of prime-time success and pick up his fourth win under the bright lights, including his second over Seattle.
It’s largely been a strong sophomore campaign for him in going 193-of-275 (70.2%) for 2,662 yards, 18 touchdowns, and just five interceptions in his first full season as San Francisco’s full-time starter.
Another strong performance will be important to the 49ers’ (7-3) chances in a key NFC West clash with the Seahawks (6-4). A win would extend San Francisco’s lead to two games heading down the stretch of the season, while a loss would tighten things up and give Seattle a stronger shot at winning the division.
That provides additional pressure on Purdy’s shoulders heading into his latest prime-time performance. Time will tell how he holds up.
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