The San Frnacisco 49ers hit a rough patch for the first time in the Brock Purdy era about a month ago. In Weeks 6-8, the team struggled mightily as they were overcoming some injuries, battling ineffective play on both sides of the ball.
The 49ers went 0-3 against the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals, scoring 17 points exactly in each. That stretch was the first time all season they had failed to score at least 30 points in a game, as they dominated their opponents in the first five weeks of the season.
Their bye week could not have come at a better time, as the 49ers have gotten thins back on track since. In Week 10, they decimated the Jacksonville Jaguars, winning 34-3, looking more like the team we became accustomed to seeing in the first five weeks.
In Week 11, the 49ers picked up another impressive victory, defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-14. Purdy was excellent once again, having arguably the best game of his career and making some team history in the process.
Purdy completed 21-of-25 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. That resulted in a perfect 158.3 passing rating, making him only the second quarterback in 49ers history, along with Joe Montana, to record a perfect passer rating in a game with at least 15 attempts. The year that Montana accomplished it, he won the MVP award and Super Bowl MVP.
That is quite an impressive feat for Purdy, who has smashed any expectations that were placed on him coming into the NFL. He was the final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft and has turned himself into the 49ers’ franchise quarterback, beating out Trey Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Purdy should be in the MVP conversation if he keeps up this pace of production. He is leading the NFL in numerous categories and once again has the 49ers near the top of the NFC standings. Outside of that three-game losing streak, the entire team has been dominant with him leading the charge.