Brock Purdy had another excellent day through the air, throwing for three touchdowns in leading the San Francisco 49ers to a convincing 27-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Purdy finished 21 of 25 for 333 yards with three touchdowns — a perfect 158.3 passer rating — becoming the first 49ers quarterback (with at least 15 pass attempts) to do that since Hall of Famer Joe Montana in 1989.
Brilliant for the 49ers once again, Purdy threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Aiyuk in the third quarter to get the 49ers’ lead to double digits — a cushion San Francisco wouldn’t give up. That was career-long touchdown throw for Purdy, breaking his previous career best set last week. This was the second consecutive week Purdy threw three-plus touchdown passes, the first time in the regular season he’s had consecutive games of three or more touchdown passes (accomplished the feat in the regular season and playoffs last year).
The Buccaneers did threaten to cut the 49ers’ lead twice in the fourth quarter, but rookie Ji’Ayir Brown made the two biggest plays of the day on defense. Brown broke up a fourth-down pass to Mike Evans in the end zone to stall a Tampa Bay drive with San Francisco up two scores and had an interception on a tipped pass in the end zone on the Buccaneers’ next possession that kept the score 27-14 — essentially sealing the win for the 49ers.
Just one week after having his consecutive touchdown streak snapped at 17, Christian McCaffrey started a new one for the 49ers. McCaffrey scored on a 4-yard pass from Purdy for the 49ers’ first score of the game as he has 24 combined touchdowns in 21 career games with the 49ers. McCaffrey finished with 103 scrimmage yards, making his impact on the game early. Aiyuk had five catches for 156 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Mayfield finished 29 of 45 for 246 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Buccaneers (76.7 rating). Tampa Bay rushed for only 66 yards, averaging 3.7 yards per carry. The Buccaneers were able to move the ball down the field in the second half, but couldn’t score in the red zone (1 of 3).
Takeaways are coming shortly, but here’s a recap of the 49ers’ victory in the live blog below!