Niners clinch NFC’s No. 2 seed with 10th straight win, 38-13 over Cardinals

Brock Purdy, formerly “Mr. Irrelevant,” is now “Mr. Right Time” after winning his sixth straight and the 49ers’ 10th straight game.

For the San Francisco 49ers, Mr. Irrelevant is quickly transitioning into Mr. Right Time.

Brock Purdy, the 49ers’ third-string-turned-starting quarterback, again guided the team through the air with three touchdowns on 178 passing yards on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.


By the numbers: For Purdy, the last player taken in the 2022 NFL Draft, Sunday’s win to retire would-be Hall of Famer J.J. Watt has continued to elevate his zero-to-hero resume.

  • The victory is Purdy’s sixth straight and he remains undefeated since taking over for Jimmy Garoppolo as starting quarterback.
  • The win is also the 49ers’ tenth straight win, with their last loss (versus Kansas City) arriving before Halloween.
  • With the win, the 49ers claimed the second seed in the NFC Playoffs, knocking down the Minnesota Vikings. The move guarantees San Francisco home field advantage up to the NFC Championship game, should they make it there.

What they’re saying: “When you’re on a roll, you’re on a win streak, you feel like the groove and how we’re playing together, it feels really good when we’re on it. I think a lot of us are real with ourselves, too, and feel like we still haven’t played to our full potential yet,” Purdy said postgame.

  • “I felt real good about our team when we won the division there about a month ago. I feel better about them now because we’ve gotten better since that point. We’ll be ready to go,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said
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