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Nick Bosa slams Brock Purdy critics and hails quarterback as ‘the best game manager in the league’ – after he led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl match-up against the Chiefs

  • The 49ers trailed the Detroit Lions by two score and a field goal at halftime (24-7)
  • Purdy – the last pick of the 2022 draft – will now go up against Patrick Mahomes 
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Nick Bosa has slammed critics of Brock Purdy after the 49ers’ 17-point comeback win in the NFC Championship game against the Detroit Lions, hailing last season’s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ as now the ‘best game manager in the league.’ 

Purdy had a rough start to Sunday night’s game, when the Lions led the 49ers, 24-7, after the opening two quarters at Levi’s Stadium. But, a second half spark from the Niners, led by Purdy, meant that the franchise’s second-year quarterback ended the game with 267 passing yards for a touchdown, an interception and a completion rate of 64.5 percent (20 of 31). 

That’s not bad for a signal-caller trailing by two scores and a field goal at the half. 

When asked about his thoughts on Purdy ‘getting his wheels on’ in the second half, Bosa – a defensive end on the 49ers – told CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson: ‘I don’t pay attention to the media much, but whoever is talking s*** about Brock Purdy…what do you have now?

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‘What message did Brock send in this type of game?’ replied Anderson. ‘He’s the best game-manager in the league,’ said Bosa without hesitation. Moments earlier, he was seen kissing his girlfriend, Lauren Maenner, on the field.

49ers DE Nick Bosa praised Brock Purdy after San Francisco reached Super Bowl LVIII, Sunday

49ers DE Nick Bosa praised Brock Purdy after San Francisco reached Super Bowl LVIII, Sunday

Brock Purdy, 24, finished with 267 yards passing, a TD and INT along with 48 yards rushing

Brock Purdy, 24, finished with 267 yards passing, a TD and INT along with 48 yards rushing

San Francisco mounted the fourth comeback ever from 17 points down or more in a conference title game thanks to some big plays by Purdy and bad mistakes from the Lions (14-6), including two failed fourth downs in field-goal range. Detroit fell short of reaching the first Super Bowl in franchise history. 

‘We’re not going out like this,’ coach Kyle Shanahan said of the mindset at halftime. ‘Guys didn’t want today to be the last day. We put ourselves in a hole. They played like it in the second half and we were able to get the ball to bounce the right way and we made up for what we did in the first half.’

After being questioned about whether he could lead a comeback, Purdy has now done it twice in as many weeks. He engineered a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter to beat Green Bay last week and then had an even bigger comeback against the Lions.

He finished with 48 yards rushing on top of his 267 passing yards and touchdown, thanks to a pair of 21-yard scrambles. Now the last pick of the 2022 draft will be starting in the Super Bowl against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

‘All he’s done since he’s been here is play at an elite level,’ running back Christian McCaffrey said. ‘Everything starts with him. We’re lucky he’s our quarterback. He takes a lot of heat for absolutely no reason.’

McCaffrey had two TD runs and little-used backup Elijah Mitchell scored on a 3-yard run to make it 34-24 with 3:02 to play as the Niners got over the conference title game hump after losing the past two seasons.

‘There’s been unfinished business for a while, man. Our team was set out for this for a long time,’ Shanahan said. ‘It’s been a long year to get to this point, and we got it done today. It was hard at the beginning, but the character we have in our team, the type of guys we have, we can’t wait to get to Vegas, man.’

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