The San Francisco 49ers continued their second-half dominance with a 28-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks, improving to 10-3 on the season and earning sole place of the NFC’s No. 1 seed for at least a brief period of time.
Offensively, the 49ers utilized their formula from a week ago, spreading the ball out to their different weapons, as Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, and Brandon Aiyuk all eclipsed 125 yards, while George Kittle had 76 yards of his own.
Additionally, Brock Purdy threw for a career-high 368 yards, settling in to put together a strong performance, further cementing his case for MVP.
Defensively, San Francisco gave up 10 early points to the Seahawks, but were able to shut down Drew Lock and Co. after that, forcing two turnovers and limiting Seattle to 2/11 on third downs.
Here are three quick takeaways from the 49ers 28-16 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen glimpses of the vintage Deebo Samuel that we saw in 2021, when the wideout put up 77 catches for 1,405 yards and won All-Pro honors.
Samuel didn’t have a great 2022 season, as he came into training camp out of shape after missing a majority of the offseason due to a contract dispute, and the wideout acknowledged it himself ahead of this year.
We had seen signs from Samuel early in the season when he accumulated 55, 63, and 129 yards over the first three weeks, respectively, but he had taken a backseat in the offense to Brandon Aiyuk over the majority of the season.
But, over the past four weeks, Samuel has looked like his old self, putting up 63, 79, 116, and 149 receiving yards over the past four weeks, respectively, while also recording six touchdowns in that stretch.
More importantly, Samuel looks more explosive, which has directly impacted his abilities on the field, making him a more focal part of the offense.
With Samuel looking like his former self, the 49ers offense has been unstoppable, even when they’ve dealt with roadblocks, as San Francisco has four different weapons that they can rely on in a given week to carry the load.
Welcome back, Deebo.
Brock Purdy’s response
Brock Purdy did not have a great start to Sunday’s game, starting 3/6 for 44 yards and an interception, as he didn’t look fully comfortable, missing on a few throws, including the pick that seemed like a miscommunication with wideout Brandon Aiyuk.
However, my biggest question for Purdy was around how well he could respond when thrust into an unfavorable situation, and the 49ers quarterback fully showcased his confidence in the win.
Down 10-7, Purdy went 16/21 for 322 yards and two touchdowns the rest of the way, making a multitude of impressive deep throws to Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, while consistently showing good ball placement.
With Purdy in the fold, head coach Kyle Shanahan has no restrictions on the offense, and his quarterback has taken full advantage, firmly placing himself in the MVP conversation, which only furthered on Sunday.
When Purdy is clicking as he does on Sunday, the 49ers have a complete offense with a strong run game and elite playmakers, making them extremely difficult to defend. That was the case on Sunday, and the 49ers won by double-digits once again.
Making his second career start, safety Ji’Ayir Brown impressed on Sunday, recording six tackles, a pass break-up, and an interception on the day.
It was Brown’s best game of the year, as the safety’s instincts found himself consistently in the right place to make plays, including on the interception where the rookie read Drew Lock’s eyes and took away a pass intended for D.K. Metcalf.
The 49ers suffered a tough blow when they lost Talanoa Hufanga for the season, but Brown has been a player that the organization has been high on since the offseason, and is now taking advantage of his opportunity.
There are a few areas of improvement, but those concerns are minimal, as Brown’s progress as a rookie has been a good sign for the 49ers’ future.