Brock Purdy threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns to Brandon Aiyuk in his return from offseason elbow surgical procedure and the San Francisco 49ers drilled the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-7 on Sunday.
Purdy, who went from the final decide within the 2022 draft to entrenched starter in San Francisco after main the 49ers to the NFC championship recreation, was crisp whereas finishing 19 of 29 passes, together with scoring strikes of 8 and 19 yards to Aiyuk.
Christian McCaffery ran for 151 yards and caught three passes for 17 extra for the 49ers (1-0), who regarded each bit the dominant drive it was down the stretch final season when Purdy took over at quarterback.
Nick Bosa, a handful of days faraway from signing the richest contract ever awarded to a defensive participant, had two tackles and a quarterback hit. The 49ers did not want the reigning AP Defensive Participant of the Yr to wreak his distinctive model of havoc to maintain the Steelers and second-year quarterback Kenny Pickett in examine.
Pickett accomplished 31 of 46 for 232 yards with a landing and two interceptions because the optimism that adopted a preseason during which the first-team offense scored a landing in every of the 5 drives Pickett was on the sector pale rapidly.
Pittsburgh both punted or turned the ball over in every of its first 5 possessions because the 49ers rapidly constructed a 20-0 lead. Purdy discovered Aiyuk ultimately zone twice, each instances with veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson in protection.
The eight-time Professional Bowler — in his first season in Pittsburgh — stated throughout a podcast this week that he was going to choose off Purdy, the 262nd and last decide within the 2022 draft.
Peterson slipped on the finish of San Francisco’s first possession, permitting Purdy to discover a wide-open Aiyuk behind the top zone. Peterson was in excellent place within the second quarter. It did not matter. Aiyuk hauled in a back-shoulder throw from Purdy even with Peterson draped throughout him for a 19-yard rating that made it 17-0.
Whereas Purdy cruised, Pickett stumbled. So did the remainder of Pittsburgh’s offense, which did not report its preliminary first down till Najee Harris ran for twenty-four yards with lower than two minutes to go within the opening half. That drive ended with Pickett throwing a 3-yard dart to Pat Freiermuth for a landing that briefly reduce the deficit to 20-7.
Two performs into the second half McCaffrey darted left, spun round a defender and raced 65 yards down the sideline to revive San Francisco’s 20-point benefit.
Pittsburgh by no means threatened the remainder of the way in which even with linebacker T.J. Watt getting three sacks to interrupt James Harrison’s franchise report of 80. Watt reached 81 sacks with a third-quarter takedown of Purdy. Harrison wanted 177 video games to set the report. Watt surpassed it in simply 88.
49ers: LT Trent Williams left within the fourth quarter
Steelers: Longtime DT Cameron Heyward left within the second quarter with a groin damage and didn’t return. … WR Diontae Johnson left within the third quarter after tweaking his proper hamstring following a 26-yard acquire.
49ers: Go to the Los Angeles Rams subsequent Sunday. San Francisco swept the season sequence final season.
Steelers: Welcome AFC North rival Cleveland on Monday, Sept. 18. The groups break up the sequence final season.