But, in stepped rookie Brock Purdy who has not missed a beat with the offense.
The 49ers dismantled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday by a score of 35-7.
Purdy was a big reason why.
He has taken good care of the ball so far and that has been crucial for San Francisco.
Also, the 49ers’ run game and defense have made life very easy for Purdy.
He will be starting the rest of the season for the 49ers, so everyone should get to know the rookie.
Here are two things to know about Purdy.
1. Mr. Irrelevant
The title given to the last player picked in the NFL Draft is “Mr. Irrelevant,” which is a title Purdy owns.
He was the last player selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, which is why his play is so surprising.
Purdy was not expected to make an NFL roster, let alone the starter for a Super Bowl-contending team.
Brock Purdy is officially the first Mr. Irrelevant to ever throw a touchdown pass in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/bxEyRGPjO9
— The Volume (@TheVolumeSports) December 4, 2022
The 49ers’ offense is so well-scripted that Purdy should be able to maintain his success.
It will be interesting to see how far Purdy can lead his team through the playoffs.
2. Takes Down The GOAT
Purdy was able to make some history with his victory on Sunday.
The 22-year-old become the first rookie quarterback to defeat Tom Brady in their NFL debut.
Rookie quarterbacks were 0-6 all-time vs Brady in their first career starts.
Brock Purdy was the 262nd and final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft — dubbed "Mr. Irrelevant."
Today, the rookie out of Iowa State:
▪️ Scored three TDs
▪️ Had a 134 passer rating
▪️ Led a 35-7 win over Tampa
He becomes the first QB to beat Tom Brady in his first career start. pic.twitter.com/nbm5zRmKN3
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) December 12, 2022
For Purdy, this win should be a confidence builder for him.
He showed that he belongs playing in the NFL and can even defeat the GOAT.
But, the games will only get harder from here on out as teams learn the best way to defend this new 49ers offense.
Purdy will be looking to become the first backup quarterback to win a Super Bowl since Nick Foles in 2017.