How Purdy kept a cool head in the 49ers’ wild win over the Raiders

LAS VEGAS — The 49ers’ 37-34 overtime win over the Raiders on Sunday was a roller coaster of emotions, but Brock Purdy appeared incredibly calm even with the pressure on his shoulders.

Afterwards, the San Francisco rookie quarterback explained why it’s important to him to maintain his composure throughout the ups and downs of a game. Even when Purdy’s third-quarter pass to George Kittle was intercepted, he calmly returned to the bench at the 49ers’ Allegiant Stadium, then rebounded later in the game.

“I’m pretty hard on myself mentally,” Purdy told reporters. “George’s Choice or a Missed Reading. I always think to myself mentally, ‘Man, you have to be better, you can be better, you showed that you can.’ I don’t like showing that to my teammates or anyone like that.

“I just have to ride the highs and ride the lows and stay in the middle. Keep it simple like this.

As far as his 49ers teammates can tell, Purdy is a cool customer. Even when the heat is on him to take San Francisco’s offense down the field to score and put the team in position to win, the rookie has remained calm. The 23-year-old finished the game with 22 of 35 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Purdy’s performance was how unfazed he appeared playing from behind. San Francisco trailed late in a game for the first time since Purdy took over from an injured Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 13.

“Yeah, I think that was great for him,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said when asked if Purdy fighting through adversity was a point of development. “I mean, he had to – we had to come from behind, especially there at the end. Also, he made a ton of plays today, but there’s also a number he missed. And that’s the coolest part. there were some that he would like to have back. he was never too much one way or the other, whether he was struggling or doing well But there were mixed games, and to keep coming back and keep attacking. …

“He was never afraid of guns, also made really good decisions and fought through the game and found a way to win.”

The 49ers’ traditionally stingy defense gave up 34 points to the Raiders, the most they’ve given up since the Kansas City Chiefs scored 44 points against them in Week 7. In his first NFL start , Raiders quarterback Jarrett Stidham and the Las Vegas offense gained 500 yards and averaged 7.6 yards per play, so Purdy and Co. had to react.

However, Purdy did more than just manage the game. He helped stage a comeback after dropping 10 points. The Iowa State product knows how important his behavior is to keeping the San Francisco offense productive.

“As soon as I start going downhill or something, and I start getting pissed off, I feel like, obviously, guys are going to feel that and feed off of that,” Purdy said. “I just have to play my role, do my job and keep things nice and calm and cool and serene, even if someone else is messing up too.

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Shanahan added: “First of all, nobody ever missed certain things. And I thought Brock played well today. But I’m getting used to him, and so [I’m] a little hard for everyone. So there are a few that I know he missed, and for him to miss them and fall, not having a lead and missing stuff, you can get tighter. Especially all the staff and everything, they mix it up, the protection stuff that they did.

“But he was able to keep his head out of harm’s way, and he stuck to it and made a lot more good plays than bad plays, which is key.”

Purdy’s coaches and teammates appreciate his humble personality. As the weight was on him, Purdy paid tribute to the entire team.

“It was a good experience for all of us,” Purdy said. “The attack did its part, the defense did its part and the special teams topped it all off.”


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