NFL Super Wild Card weekend is in full swing!
Kicking things off on FOX, a new third-string quarterback Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers cruised to an impressive 41-23 victory Geno Smith and the Seattle Seahawks to advance in the divisional round.
The 49ers are now 6-2 in the wild-card round in the Super Bowl era and 4-0 since 2002. They have now won 26 straight playoff games when they have led by 10 points or more.
The AFC next takes center stage, as the 5-seeded Los Angeles Chargers face the 4-seeded Jacksonville Jaguars.
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San Francisco 49ers 41, Seattle Seahawks 23
Setting the tone
After the Seahawks punted three times on their first possession, the Niners marched down the field with ease on their first drive, which ended with a field goal and an early 3-0 lead.
Finding a rhythm
Once again, Seattle scored three times on their possession.
Then San Francisco extended its lead to 10-0 after going 85 yards in five plays. Christian McCaffrey started the drive with a monster 68-yard run, capping it off by flipping a short touchdown pass from Purdy.
On the hunt
The Seahawks cut the deficit early in the second quarter, 10-7, thanks to Kenneth Walker’s 7-yard field goal.
Seattle took a 14-13 lead on the next drive, thanks to a stunning 50-yard run by DK Metcalf.
Both teams traded field goals before the break to keep the game at one point, 17-16.
Purdy hit a 1-yard score midway through the third quarter to put the Niners back on top, 23-17.
Closing the deal
The Niners continued to do so as the fourth quarter began.
After a costly fumble by the Seahawks, Elijah Mitchell ran for a 7-yard score on the ensuing drive, followed by a smooth two-point conversion from the star tight end George Kittle to increase the home team 31-17.
The Niners got their third touchdown on three straight possessions, thanks to quick legs Deebo Samuel. That’s right, Purdy & Co. took a 38-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Too little too late
Smith connected with Metcalf for a quick layup late in the final frame to close the gap a bit, but it wasn’t enough for a comeback, and things ended there, 41-23, after a failed two-point conversion.
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