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Golden Nuggets: Starting 2024 with the one seed

Your daily San Francisco 49ers news for Monday, January 1st, 2024

49ers beat Commanders, get help to clinch NFC’s No. 1 seed

“It was sweet to be able to have that kind of moment,” said quarterback Brock Purdy, who set a franchise record for passing yards in a season on Sunday. “I’d grown up sort of watching TV clips and stuff of teams together watching and celebrating another team win for their case. For us to be able to do that, I was sort of just taking it in and I was like, ‘Man, this is something that I’ve seen on TV growing up.’ And now we get to all cram into the corner of the locker room and watch on a little TV. It was special.”

Hutchinson: 3 takeaways after 49ers secure No. 1 seed with win over Commanders, Eagles failure

“It was iced when Purdy (who was back to his usual self, going 22-for-28 with 230 yards and 2 TDs) did a vintage Russell Wilson impression. He ran away from pressure twice, rolled right, directed traffic, and found Brandon Aiyuk for an outrageous touchdown.

After another Howell interception - this time by Deommodore Lenoir - Purdy worked his way into history.

As the 49ers worked their way down to the red zone in the late fourth quarter, Purdy (4,281 yards) passed Jeff Garcia (4,278 yards) for the most passing yards in a single season in 49ers history. It’s especially notable given that he did it in 16 games.”

What we learned as Purdy, Aiyuk power 49ers’ crucial win vs. Commanders

“Now the 49ers are in a position to rest some of their players, and they avoid a critical regular-season finale against the Rams, who have been one of the NFL’s hottest teams. LA had six wins in its last seven games entering Sunday, with the only loss during that stretch came in overtime at Baltimore.”

49ers grades in NFC No. 1 playoff seed-clinching win vs. Commanders

“Here is the report card from this memorable day, as the 49ers secure the No. 1 seed in the playoffs for the 10th time in franchise history:”

‘I know I need it’; 49ers’ Christian McCaffrey welcomes first-round bye (paywall)

“We all need it — I know I need it,” McCaffrey said after the 49ers’ 27-10 win over the Commanders. “So I’m excited to just take a breath and get everything back to normal.”

49ers players describe exhilarating scene watching Cards beat Eagles

“Then, as the game clock wound down to 0:00 with the Cardinals emerging as the victors, elated cheering and yelling could be heard through the doors of the 49ers’ locker room and into the halls of FedExField. The 49ers’ NFC West foe had just helped them lock in the NFC’ No. 1 playoff seed, giving them a first round bye and home-field advantage.

“It was a lot of fun,” Nick Bosa said after the game. “We came in here, and there’s a little TV in here. Everyone was on top of each other trying to watch. The Cardinals helped us out a lot this year.”