From ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ to VIP, Purdy makes first start in NFL playoffs

Purdy’s journey from being “Mr. Irrelevant” as the last pick in the NFL to perhaps the most important player on a Super Bowl contender has been an improbable one.



January 12, 2023 - 1:45 PM

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy passes in the third quarter against the Washington Commanders at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Brock Purdy has passed every test he’s faced so far in his remarkable rookie season.

Coming off the bench with no reps after Jimmy Garoppolo got hurt. Matching up against an all-time great like Tom Brady. His first road start in an intimidating stadium in Seattle. Coming from behind against the Raiders.

Next up for Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers is his first playoff game on Saturday against the Seahawks.

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