Seahawks sputter in the second half as 49ers and Brock Purdy rediscover their groove.

California’s SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 41-23 on Saturday at Levi’s Stadium after a close first half. To start the second half, they scored 25 straight points. The NFC wild-card win was the 11th in a row for the 49ers, who will face an opponent to be determined in next weekend’s divisional round.

The 49ers’ Brock Purdy looked to be nervous for the first time in his brief career as the lowest-drafted rookie quarterback to start a playoff game.
Purdy struggled early in the wild-card game against Seattle against late reads and errant passes on plays he had been accustomed to over the previous month. But once more, in the face of difficulty, Purdy didn’t quiver.
The Niners advanced to the NFC divisional round the next week thanks to Purdy settling in and their playmakers earning lots of yards after the catch. At Levi’s Stadium, they’ll play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, or Minnesota Vikings.
Purdy’s early discomfort faded during a brief intermission in the locker room at halftime. He went 9 of 11 for 185 yards and two throwing touchdowns in the final two quarters, in addition to a running touchdown.