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Brock Purdy continues to make NFL history, this time at the expense of Tom Brady

Brock Purdy continues to write history.

In late October, as the San Francisco 49ers trailed the Kansas City Chiefs late in the game, Kyle Shanahan retired starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, replacing him with rookie Brock Purdy.

When the rookie completed a pass, he became the first Mr. Irrelevant in NFL history to complete a pass in a regular season game.

Then last week, when Garoppolo suffered a foot injury against the Miami Dolphins, Purdy came into the game and threw a touchdown pass. This marked even more NFL history, as he became the first Mr. Irrelevant to throw a touchdown pass in NFL history.

On Sunday, Purdy made his first NFL start. Again Tom Brady, the player Purdy’s own family wanted to see in person. As reported by ESPN Adam Schefter before the game Purdy’s family bought tickets to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a few weeks ago, hoping to see Brady play in person.

Now they were also seeing their son make his first NFL start.

And wouldn’t you know, Purdy got the better of the living legend. The rookie passed 16 of 21 for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with no interceptions, as the 49ers blasted the Buccaneers by a final score of 35-7. Brady had one of the worst losses of his career, completing 34 of 55 passes for just 253 yards, one touchdown and a pair of interceptions.

San Francisco’s win marked Purdy’s history even further.

How was the victory historic? Because Purdy became the first quarterback in NFL history to earn his first start against Brady. Before Purdy on Sunday, six other NFL quarterbacks started their first game against Brady.

All six lost:

Luke McCown was the first player to attempt the “Brady Challenge”, in 2004 with the Cleveland Browns. He completed 20 of 34 passes for 277 yards and 2 touchdowns, as well as 2 interceptions.

The Browns lost to the New England Patriots by a final score of 42-15.

Next? Matt Flynn in 2010 with the Green Bay Packers. Flynn is perhaps the closest, having completed 24 of 37 passes for 251 yards and 3 touchdowns, as well as an interception. Green Bay narrowly lost to the Patriots by a final score of 31-27.

This game might be best remembered for this kickoff return from offensive lineman Dan Connolly:

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko was the next to attempt the Brady Challenge the following season. He completed 24 of 37 passes for 230 yards, but he also threw 3 interceptions.

Kansas City lost by a final score of 34-3.

In the 2012 season, New England faced the Tennessee Titans to open the season. It was also the first NFL start for Jake Locker, who had been drafted in the first round the previous season by Tennessee. Locker only saw relief service during his rookie campaign, but he got the starting job for 2012, edging out veteran Matt Hasselbeck.

It didn’t go too well for Locker, as he completed 23 of 32 passes for 229 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Tennessee lost by a final score of 34-13.

Brady and the Patriots opened the 2013 season against another quarterback making his first career start. This time it was rookie EJ Manuel, who was drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Manuel and the Bills scared Brady, falling 23-21 when Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski converted a 35-yard field goal with just five seconds left.

In the losing effort, Manuel completed 18 of 27 passes for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns, which was an impressive effort for the rookie against Brady and a Bill Belichick defense.

The most recent quarterback to make his first start against Brady was Luke Falk, in 2019. The Patriots beat Falk and the New York Jets by a final score of 30-14, and in the loss, Falk – so rookie – completed 12 of 22 passes for just 98 yards and one interception.

Fast forward to Sunday. As a side note, Purdy completed 16 of 21 passes for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with no interceptions. That was good for an NFL passer rating of 134.0. That makes him the NFL’s highest passer rating of the seven quarterbacks who made their first start against Brady.

Mr. Irrelevant continues to make history.

Could a playoff story be next?

Source : BBN NEWS

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