49ers quarterback Brock Purdy earned a prestigious place in NFL history in his triumphant return to Philadelphia, along with three of the greatest players to ever play the game.
In the 49ers’ 42-19 win over the Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, Purdy made the national stage by throwing four touchdown passes and posting a 148.8 passer rating.
The 2023 NFL season marks the third time Birdy has thrown at least three TDs with a passer rating of 140 or higher, joining Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers for the most games in the same season in league history. It was Birdie’s fifth career game with 140 or more passing yards, setting the NFL record for most such games by a player in their first two seasons.
Purdy’s 70.4 percent completion percentage (19 of 27) marked his sixth consecutive game over 70 percent, the longest streak by a 49ers quarterback since Joe Montana did it in eight consecutive games in the 1989 season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
After throwing four during the Week 5 rout of the Dallas Cowboys, Purdy posted his second four-TD game of the season. It’s the first time a 49ers quarterback has posted multiple games with four TD passes in a season since Jimmy Garoppolo recorded three such games in 2019.
Since the 49ers’ bye week in early November, Birdie has 11 TD passes and one interception and has completed 74 percent of his attempts, good for a 138.4 rating. That hot run made Birdie the NFL MVP front-runner entering the final stretch of the season, and deservedly so, as the 49ers went 9-3 and headed for the playoffs.