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Brock Purdy: From last draft pick to key mover to possible Super Bowl

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Brock Purdy’s NFL career began with the nickname “Mr. Irrelevant” and the week-long trip to Newport Beach to celebrate the player last overall in the draft.

With a Conference Finals victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Purdy’s rookie season will end with the biggest game of the year, as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.

“Being in the NFC Championship Game means a lot to my team and me,” Purdy said. Looking back, it’s really great. I am very grateful for that. »

It will likely be the biggest test of Purdy’s young career. The Eagles’ defense has led the NFL this season with 70 sacks, and Philadelphia is a pretty hostile place to play.

“In those kinds of games, it’s all about communication,” Purdy said. It’s knowing how to play well, point plays and make them right and make sure we’re all on the same page. This is obviously a key subject of our preparation this week. »

Purdy is only the third rookie quarterback to win two playoff games and the fifth to make the conference final as a starter. He will try to be the first to reach the Super Bowl game.

In addition, the athlete has already surpassed the performances of almost all rookie quarterbacks in the playoffs. He became the first rookie to produce four touchdowns in a playoff game against Seattle. His 332 passing yards was the most for a rookie playing his first spring game since Sammy Baugh, who threw for 335 yards in 1937.

Purdy helped the Niners win their matchup against the Miami Dolphins in Week 13 and since then the club have won seven games in a row.

“We stopped seeing him as our rookie quarterback the moment he took over and he probably stopped looking at himself when he got drafted,” right tackle Mike McGlinchey said. He did a good job. I can’t say enough good things about him. »

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