Brock Purdy threw two more long touchdown passes to George Kittle and the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Washington Commanders, 37-20, on Saturday to string together eight wins.
Purdy maintained his surprising level of play since taking over the offense in Week 13 when Jimmy Garoppolo was injured. He has looked better than expected for a player who was the last pick in this year’s NFL draft.
He has thrown two touchdown passes in four straight games for the 49ers (11-4) and has won each of his three starts as San Francisco keeps the pressure on Minnesota in the race for the second seed in the National Conference.
Taylor Heinicke threw two touchdown passes for Washington (7-7-1) but also incurred a fumble and threw an interception in the fourth period. He was replaced by Carson Wentz after his second turnover.
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 spots.
— NFL (@NFL) December 25, 2022