For only the second time in his career, Tom Brady visited the Bay Area to take on the 49ers, but Brock Purdy and a strong defense turned the trip into a nightmare.
At least in terms of the quarterbacks engaged in the matchup at Levi’s Stadium in Week 14, the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers game may have been considered a “David vs. Goliath” matchup.
Tom Brady is the best quarterback to ever play for the Buccaneers. On the other hand, Brock Purdy, a rookie with the Niners who just so happened to be selected with the last choice in the 2022 NFL Draft, was making his NFL debut after his team’s quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a devastating foot injury the previous week.
San Francisco couldn’t possibly win, right?
Well, not only did Purdy and the 49ers win, they did so convincingly (35-7), ruining Brady’s trip back to his native Northern California and making the homecoming a contest he’d rather forget.
By the conclusion of the first half, Purdy had already taken control of the game, scoring two touchdowns in the passing game and one in the running game. In the second half, the youngster would continue to rack up eye-popping stat totals.
Forget being a rookie, this bomb of a ball to wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk was another factor that contributed to the Niners’ commanding advantage. Under center against a Bucs defense that came into the game rated fifth in scoring, Purdy seemed to be a three-year pro.
Brock Purdy outperformed Tom Brady in terms of stats in the 49ers vs. Buccaneers game.
Here are the scores from the Sunday afternoon matchup between the two quarterbacks:
Brock Purdy completed 16 of 21 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns, and a 134.0 passer rating.
Tom Brady completed 34 of 55 passes for 253 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and a passer rating of 63.7.
In addition to making Brady seem more like a rookie seventh-round choice than Purdy, San Francisco’s NFL-best defense also limited Tampa Bay to only 316 total yards of offense.
Brady was unable to overcome the obstacle.
Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel scored for Purdy’s offense, and the offensive line provided a ton of help as well. Purdy also connected with running back Christian McCaffrey for a 27-yard touchdown throw down the sideline.
After what transpired at Levi’s Stadium, the Buccaneers, who have struggled offensively all season, won’t be in a good mood when they return to Florida.
The Buccaneers’ triumph should be celebrated by the 49ers, but Deebo Samuel’s injury is terrible.
Samuel tried an inside run late in the second half but was struck by two Bucs defenders, one of whom fell on him and awkwardly slid the wide receiver’s knee beneath.
On the play, Samuel stumbled, but Tampa Bay recovered. The greater story was Samuel being carried off the field in evident agony, even though the 49ers were able to absorb the turnover by forcing the Buccaneers to turn it over later on downs.
Samuel was noticeably upset as he was being carried off, and some of his Niners teammates rushed over to encourage him.
And while San Francisco first deemed him doubtful to return due to an ankle issue, it didn’t take long for him to be completely ruled out.
As the regular season enters its final stretch and playoff places are on the line, attention will now turn to Monday’s news conference to clarify the extent of the injury to one of the 49ers’ finest offensive players.
After defeating the Buccaneers, the Niners are at least able to do so with a 9-4 record.