SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Rookie Brock Purdy threw two touchdown passes after replacing the injured Jimmy Garoppolo, and the San Francisco 49ers were dominant on defense again in a 33-17 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
The 49ers (8-4) allowed a 75-yard touchdown pass to Trent Sherfield on the first play from the line of scrimmage, but gave the Dolphins (8-4) very few quality plays until the fourth quarter.
The 49ers picked up a fifth straight win and limited an offense that had scored at least 30 points in its last four games.
Garoppolo was transported to the locker room in a golf cart and did not return, leaving the game in the hands of Purdy, who had thrown just nine passes.
Kyle Shanahan’s squad learned after the clash that Garoppolo is suffering from a broken foot, and that his season is over.
That means Purdy, a seventh-round pick, is the Niners’ new starting quarterback.
Jimmie Ward and Deommodore Lenoir intercepted a pass from Tua Tagovailoa in the third quarter, leading to two field goals.
The 49ers saw their four-game second-half scoreless streak snapped when Tagovailoa threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
The 49ers defensive unit capped off its performance when Nick Bosa forced a fumble that Dr. Greenlaw returned 23 yards for a major.
The Dolphins saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. It was head coach Mike McDaniel’s first game against the 49ers after five years as an assistant in San Francisco.
Purdy, the final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, had his momentum for the 49ers when Garoppolo injured his foot when he was sacked on the final play of the first series on offense .
Purdy capped his first offensive streak of the game by throwing a three-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Juszczyk to give the 49ers a 10-7 lead.
Purdy then orchestrated a fine offensive streak to end the half. He completed six passes for 75 yards, including a three-yard touchdown pass to Christian McCaffrey.
Purdy completed 25 of 37 passes during the game for 210 passing yards. He threw two touchdowns and an interception.
Geno Smith at his best against struggling Rams
DK Metcalf caught a touchdown pass from Geno Smith with 36 seconds left in the game and the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Los Angeles Rams 27-23.
Smith had a career-high 367 yards through the air and threw three touchdown passes for the Seahawks (7-5), who returned to victory after two losses to a team that was without Aaron Donald.
The Rams (3-9), defending champions, signed a sixth straight loss.
After a second run from Cam Akers for the touchdown that put the Rams ahead 23-20 with 2:56 to go, Smith headed the game-winning 75-yard push as she joined Marquise Goodwin for 17 yards. He then hit Metcalf between two roofers in the end zone.
Tyler Lockett and Noah Fant also scored majors in the win. Lockett notably had nine catches for his best performance of the season with 128 yards.
In the Rams’ loss, Bobby Wagner had two sacks and an interception in his first career game against his former team, which he played for 10 years.
Carr-Adams duo hurt Chargers
Derek Carr threw two long touchdown passes to Davante Adams in the third quarter as the Las Vegas Raiders came from behind to win 27-20 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Raiders defense also got the job done, giving Justin Herbert a headache as he suffered five quarterback sacks.
Vegas (5-7) thus won a third game in a row, while the Chargers (6-6) suffered a blow to their hopes of participating in the playoffs.
LA had a 10-0 lead in the second quarter but were totally outplayed afterwards. Carr completed a 31-yard pass to Adams early in the third quarter to lead 17-13. The duo added it only 4 minutes later.
Adams finished the game with eight catches and 177 yards, breaking the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth season since 2018. He also has 85 career touchdowns, which allows him to pass Calvin Johnson for fifth among receivers in their first nine campaigns.