Commanders 20-37 49ers: Brock Purdy leads San Francisco to their EIGHTH straight victory with a little help from George Kittle in California
Brock Purdy launched two more long touchdown passes to George Kittle and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Washington Commanders 37-20 on Saturday for their eighth straight win.
Purdy has maintained his impressive game since replacing the injured Jimmy Garoppolo at the start of Week 13, looking much better than expected for the player last chosen in this year’s NFL Draft.
He threw two TD passes in four straight games for the 49ers (11-4) and won all three of his starts as San Francisco keeps the pressure on Minnesota in the hunt for the NFC’s No. 2 seed.
Brock Purdy impressed again as the San Francisco 49ers beat the Washington Commanders
The Commanders are winless in their last three games, but still hold a half-game lead over Seattle and Detroit in the race for the final NFC playoff spot.
The Niners opened the game in the third quarter thanks to more big plays from Purdy. They kicked off the second half and led to the go-ahead scoreline when Kittle opened up deep for a score of 34 yards.
Kittle scored again later in the quarter a catch and run of 33 yards to make it 21-7. Kittle also had two touchdown catches last week, giving him a career-high eight this season.
San Francisco capitalized on big plays throughout the game, also scoring its first touchdown on a 71-yard end by Ray Ray McCloud.
Nick Bosa and the Niners defense did the rest of the work with Bosa setting up a field goal by Robbie Gould with a strip bag from Heinicke and San Francisco adding another after Jimmie Ward got an interception deep in Washington territory.
Wentz, playing for the first time since Week 6, threw a 20-yard TD pass to Curtis Samuel, but it was too little too late for Washington.
The commanders took advantage of a few assists to level the game late in the first half.
The first came when Purdy appeared to complete a throw down the middle to Jauan Jennings. But Jennings popped the ball and tipped Darrick Forrest for an interception.
On the ensuing drive, Washington converted a third and a 5 on a pass that Jahan Dotson missed. before catching a ricochet.
Who created Heinicke’s 4-yard TD pass to Dotson it’s 7-7 at the break.
Both teams stopped on fourth down in the red zone in the first half.
San Francisco led at 15 on their first drive before Christian McCaffrey was stopped by David Mayo with no gain on a fourth and a throw from fullback Kyle Juszczyk.
Washington went down to 1 early in the second quarter when Antonio Gibson was stuffed to the fourth down by Fred Warner and Javon Kinlaw.
The Commanders again stopped in the third quarter on fourth-and-1 of their own 34.