The 49ers came up short in their heartbreaking 25-22 overtime loss to the Chiefs, but quarterback Brock Purdy left a strong impression on the Kansas City coaching staff with his valiant effort in the loss to San Francisco.
Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo praised Purdy, telling Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer how the 24-year-old quarterback surprised him with his ability to beat zone coverages that were a critical of Kansas City’s game plan.
“The zones, I just think their wideouts and their quarterback are so good in their timing routes, and Brock Purdy is really good,” Spagnuolo told Breer. “He knew when we were in certain things and he found seams.”
The praise for the 49ers quarterback doesn’t stop there, however. Breer revealed in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that a Chiefs coach told him they saw quality in Drew Brees in Purdy.
Purdy weathered the exotic pressures that became synonymous with Spagnuolo’s decorated career as defensive coordinator. When the Chiefs beat him in Super Bowl LVIII, he completed 12 of 18 pass attempts for 131 yards and a touchdown.
Purdy finished the day completing 23 of 38 pass attempts for 255 yards and a touchdown. The 24-year-old quarterback led the 49ers’ offense in scoring on their final three possessions of the game, but it wasn’t enough to earn a victory as Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs handed San Francisco its second loss in the Super Bowl in four. seasons.
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