JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The 49ers’ 34-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at EverBank Stadium was a bounce-back game for quarterback Brock Purdy.
And his stellar performance didn’t surprise teammate George Kittle at all.
Purdy had a near-perfect game, completing 19 of 26 attempts for 296 yards and three passing touchdowns, giving him a grade of 149.8. The quarterback also spread the ball around on completed passes to seven different targets.
“I’m just coming back to that,” Kittle said. “Brock started with over 40 games in college. He had the highest of highs, he had the lowest of lows. He faced mistakes. He had some bad games in college.
“His confidence is still there, and that’s all I wanted him to continue to do.” He knows how to bounce back.
Purdy didn’t collapse in the club’s three games, but simply made a few poor decisions that caused turnovers. The second-year signal caller threw five interceptions in three games after not turning the ball over once in the first five games of the season.
“I don’t think Brock played bad the last two games,” Kittle said. “Yeah, sure, there’s probably a pitch or two that he wants to get back, but you watch the tape, he’s still playing at a high level these three weeks that we lost.
“This time we were able to not turn the ball over, not have any penalties, so we were able to be on the field, and you can see the type of quarterback Brock is.”
Kittle was Purdy’s top receiver Sunday, catching three of his four targets for 116 yards and a touchdown. His second highest yardage total and fourth touchdown of the season.
Purdy and the 49ers offense committed no turnovers and their defensive counterparts forced four outs. While there are plays Purdy and the offense would like to salvage, the group will return to Santa Clara happy to watch game film for the first time in a month.
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