San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: After Purdy injury it was all over for 49ers; Niners crushed by Eagles 31-7

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick, right, causes a fumble by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy during the first quarter, Purdy’s elbow was injured on this play and was out for the rest of the first half returning in the second half at Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia on Sun Jan 29, 2023 (AP News photo)

On San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor:

#1 After the first seven minutes of the game it was over. In the first two minutes San Francisco 49ers Brock Purdy got the elbow injury and the offense for the rest of game was three and out.

#2 With 49ers back up quarterback Josh Johnson there is a reason why he’s been with multiple teams he fumbled and he couldn’t get the 49ers down field and the Philadelphia Eagles defense were daring Johnson to throw the ball.

#3 Looking back on the season the 49ers before Sunday’s NFC Championship loss to the Eagles, the miracle of Purdy getting the 49ers here after 12 straight wins and ten straight wins under Purdy no one would have expected Purdy to get this far.

David Zizmor did the San Francisco 49ers podcasts Wednesdays and Joe Hawkes Sundays at

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: McCaffrey expected to be in line up today; Mitchell questionable with injured groin

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (left) and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) appear in animation form as they get ready for the NFC Championship Sun Jan 29, 2023 (animation image from Fox Sports)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, running back Christian McCaffrey missed two practices during the week but look good on Friday and is expected to be in the line up today in Philadelphia after suffering a bruised calf.

#2 Running back Elijah Mitchell took just one third snaps on Thursday at practice. Mitchell still hurting was injured in last Sunday’s game against the Dallas with a groin injury.

#3 Mitchell got his injury late in the game last Sunday against the Cowboys and this week he and McCaffrey missed two practices but worked hard to try and get back in tonight’s line up.

#4 Former wide receiver Jerry Rice will be an honorary captain representing the 49ers for Sunday’s NFC Championship at Lincoln Financial Field. Rice who has been a frequent face at 49ers games and is looking forward to representing the 49ers .

#5 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy who was sacked twice by the Cowboys last week but that didn’t slow him down Purdy got up and threw for 19 completions out of 29 passes and 214 yards and no touchdowns. 49ers and Eagles in Philadelphia expected to be a tight game.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Will the Omenihu arrest be a distraction to 49ers Championship game?

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu (94) celebrates during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Sat Jan 14, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 San Francisco 49ers defenseman Charles Omenihu arrest on Monday for domestic violence who has been accused for pushing his girlfriend to the ground. Omenihu bailed out and misdemeanor charges are pending.

#2 David from the aspect of the 49ers in Philadelphia facing one of the toughest teams in the NFL against the Eagles. Will the 49ers and their whole focus should be on the upcoming NFC Championship game but could the arrest of Omenihu be a distraction to the team and the upcoming game.

#3 Dave it’s onto the 49ers and Eagles match up at Lincoln Financial in Philadelphia how do you see the match up between both of these clubs this Sunday.

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49ers send home Cowboys with gritty 19-12 win in Divisional round matchup, will face Eagles for NFC crown

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy celebrates his team’s win with his parents at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday Jan 22, 2023. (San Franscico 49ers)

by Marko Ukalovic

SANTA CLARA — The team by the Bay is heading back to the NFC Championship.

The San Francisco 49ers grinded out a 19-12 victory over the Dallas Cowboys
in the NFC Divisional Playoff game on Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco earned a trip to its second consecutive NFC Championship game and
third in the past four years. Dallas goes home disappointed with its second
consecutive playoff defeat at the hands of the 49ers after finishing the
regular season with a 12-5 record.

“It hurts,” said Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott after the game.
“Very disappointed we weren’t able toto come out. Disappointed in my play.
Disappointed for the guys in the locker room. It’s unfortunate. Sucks.”

Both defenses set the tone early in the first half not allowing either
offense to sustain long drives and forcing punts. Turnovers played a key factor
in San Francisco’s victory as they won the turnover battle two to one.

Deommodore Lenoir intercepted Prescott at the 27-yard line and returned it
six-yards with 5:49 remaining in the first quarter. San Francisco cashed in the
turnover with a 26-yard field goal by Robbie Gould.

Dallas answered back with a 14 play 74-yard scoring drive when Prescott
connected with tight end Dalton Schultz for a four-yard touchdown reception to
give the Cowboys its first lead of the game.

Cowboys’ kicker Brett Maher, who came into the game having missed four of
his last five PAT attempts, had his attempt blocked by Samson Ebukam as the
kicking woes for Maher continued.

“That’s just God putting me in a good spot to block it. All I did was did my job and put my hands up. The kick was low, and I just thanked God he was able to help me block that because that’s a point off the board,” Ebukam said.

With the score tied at 6-6 late in the second quarter, Prescott threw his
second interception of the game when a pass intended for Cee Dee Lamb,
deflected off the hands of Jimmy Ward and picked off by Fred Warner who
returned it to the Cowboys 12-yard line.

Once again, San Francisco settled for a Gould field goal, a 50-yarder, to
end the first half up by three points.

“The defense getting those turnovers, the offense being able to make some third downs (conversions). I don’t think in the first half we had one first down running the ball. I think they were (from) throwing the ball. I think that changed big in the second half. Winning the turnover battle and everything after that,” 49ers head coach Mike Shanahan said.

Dallas received its first break of the game when Ray Ray Mcloud was stripped
of the ball on a punt return after the Niners defense stalled the Cowboys drive
at their own 48-yard line. Kevlin Joesph knocked the ball out of McCloud’s
hands and the ball was recovered by Damone Clark.

Dallas capitalized with a 25-yard field goal by Maher.

The 49ers regained the lead when they marched down the field on their next
possession with a 10 play 91-yard drive that was finished off with a Christian
McCaffery two-yard rushing touchdown. The drive was set up by a 29-yard circus
catch of a reception by tight end George Kittle.

“This is exactly where you wanna be right?” Kittle said about
being one game away from the Super Bowl. “At the start of year back in
OTA’s, all you are doing is preparing for the Super Bowl. To be one step away
from that, it’s awesome.”

Each team would exchange field goals in the fourth quarter. However, when it
mattered at the end, San Francisco’s defense clamped down and held the fort by
not allowing Dallas to get close to scoring the equalizing touchdown late the

With 4th and 10 at their own 18-yard line with just over two minutes
remaining in the fourth quarter, head coach Mike McCarthy decided to punt the
ball with three timeouts left instead of going for it. San Francisco gained two
first downs to milk the clock down 45 second before giving Dallas one last
desperate final drive that resulted in the game clock running out and ending
the Cowboys season.

“We didn’t have enough today. And the guys laid it out there. I don’t
know how close you were to the field. It was an extremely physical football
game. Both teams laid that out there, so, we came up short,” McCarthy

Purdy, despite being pressured throughout the game by Dallas’ front four,
had an efficient game going 19 of 29 for 214 yards with no touchdowns or
interceptions and a QB rating of 87.4. Running back Elijah Mitchell led all
rushers with 51 yards on 14 carries. Kittle led the 49ers in receiving with
five receptions for 95 yards.

“We just stuck with it,” said McCaffery about the offense being more successful in the second half. “I don’t like making blanket statements after games without watching the tape, but you could just feel guys sticking with it, not panicking, just talking it one play at a time.”

Prescott finished 23 of 37 for 206 yards with one touchdown, two
interceptions with a QB rating of 63.6. Lamb led all receivers with 10 catches
for 117 yards. Schultz chipped in five catches for 27 yards to go along with
his touchdown.

GAME NOTES: San Francico finished 7-for-14 on third down conversions. Dallas
was just 5-for-15.

San Francisco is now 19-19-1 overall against Dallas and 10-10 at home against them. The Cowboys is 5-4 against the 49ers in the postseason. 

Dallas running back Tony Pollard suffered an apparent broken leg in the first half and did not return to the game.

UP NEXT: San Francisco takes on the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC
Championship Game on Sunday at 12:00pm at Lincoln Financial Field.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: How Purdy and Prescott match up in today’s Divisional game

The Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott (4) threw four touchdowns in his last game and the San Francisco 49ers Brock Purdy (13) threw for three touchdowns in his last game. J Hawkes talks about the Prescott and Purdy match up on the 49ers podcast today. (photo from ESPN)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, one thing you could say about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy he’s keeping his mistake ratio down a 1.6% turnover rate the best mark for a quarterback in 2022 and Purdy didn’t even play the entire season.

#2 Purdy is noted for not having big plays and having a throw rate but with the supporting cast around him it’s no problem and Purdy is getting the job done and making the throws when he has to.

#3 Joe, when you compare Jimmy Garoppolo to Purdy, Garoppolo didn’t protect the ball as much as Purdy so analysts are saying there is no reason why Purdy can’t take this team to the Superbowl.

#4 Purdy’s turnover rate since week 13 through 15th out of 30 quarterbacks not bad for a first year under center and called in in an emergency back on Dec 4th. In Purdy’s last four games his turnover rate had dropped 1.6% which is the best rate in the NFL.

#5 Joe, talk about what the Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott in his last game he handled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throwing 25-33 for 305 yards with four touchdowns. How do you see the Cowboys and Prescott matching up against the 49ers this afternoon.

Joe Hawkes does the San Francisco 49ers podcasts each Sunday at

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers chances of advancing to NFC Championship

San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) runs against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half  at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on Sat Jan 14, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the 49es podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 San Francisco 49ers (14-4) quarterback Brock Purdy had himself a playoff on Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks (9-9) throwing four touchdowns going 18-30 for a whopping 332 yards and three touchdowns for a 41-23 win does Purdy just continue to surprise and amaze?

#2 Joe, after all you have seen with Purdy in his rookie year and being the last pick of the draft people are still waiting for him to have that first rough game but that hasn’t happened yet to the joy of 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

#3 Joe after kickoff in the first quarter it really looked like an 11 on 11 ball game as the Seahawks and 49ers played to a one point Seattle lead 17-16 after that first half. After seeing that did you think this was going to be a battle for the 49ers once the second half started?

#4 Joe, talk about the 49ers defense in the third quarter shutting out the Seahawks and holding the Seattle to just six points in the fourth quarter.

#5 Joe talk about next week’s game at Levi Stadium how important is it to have homefield and how you see the 49ers chances of advancing to the Championship?

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Second half surge power 49ers to 41-23 win over Seahawks in Wild Card matchup

Brock Purdy helped the San Francisco 49ers defeat the Seattle Seahawks in a Wild Card game at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday Jan 14, 2023. (San Francisco 49ers)

by Marko Ukalovic

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Believe it or not, the San Francisco 49ers once trailed in the game.

San Francisco outscored the Seattle Seahawks 25-6 in the second half as they rolled to a 41-23 blowout victory in the first game of Wild Card weekend on Saturday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium.

The 49ers have won 11 games in a row and advanced to the division round next weekend where they will host their second playoff game with the opponent still to be determined with the outcomes of the other two Wild Card games. Seattle’s Cinderella season came to an end after they finished the regular season 9-8 and earned the final playoff berth in the NFC.

“(Winning) 11 in a row in this league is not easy to do,” said 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk about his team firing on all cylinders at the right time. “It is so tough to win any game in this league so for us to string it together like that I do feel like that we’ve hit a good stride.”

This is the first time San Francisco has beat an opponent three times in the same season.

San Francisco jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter as their number one defense forced Seattle’s offense to two consecutive three and outs to start the game.

On the 49ers second offensive possession, Christian McCaffery was the catalyst of the drive. He began it with a 68-yard run on a sweep to the left. McCaffery concluded the five play 85-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Brock Purdy, who became the first rookie quarterback in 49ers franchise history to start a playoff game.

“There was some emotion going into the game, you just feel it. Once the game started, I was like hey it’s 11 on 11, I gotta do my job. I gotta get it (the ball) to the guys when they are in space and go from there. Overall, it wasn’t ‘o my gosh we’re in the playoffs’. We just gotta play our game and let everything else fall into place,” Purdy said.

Seattle responded with a Kenneth Walker III seven-yard rushing touchdown on a drive that completed a 14 play 78-yard drive.

The 49ers settled for a 33-yard Gould field goal after 10 plays and 60-yard drive on its next possession.

Seattle answered back with a five play 71-yard scoring drive. Quarterback Geno Smith threw a deep bomb down the left sideline to DK Metcalf for a 50-yard touchdown reception. It was the Seahawks first lead in the game as they went up 14-13 with 5:01 remaining in the second quarter.

“We expected a tight game, it was a tight game,” said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan regarding his team’s performance in the first half. “That’s playoff football. But I expected us to score first in the second half and respond.”

Down 17-16 to start the second half, San Francisco began the third quarter with a long methodical drive. Purdy drove his team down the field before finishing off the 13 play 75-yard drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak to regain the lead the 49ers would never relinquish.

The game changing play of the game happened on Seattle’s next drive. With the Seahawks deep into 49ers territory, Charles Omenihu stripped Smith of the ball on a sack that was recovered by Nick Bosa at the 49ers 30-yard line for the game’s first turnover.

“It was a huge play; it changed the momentum of the game. They (Seattle) were in field goal territory, so for us to get that turnover, it was a game changer. We were up by six (points). If they make that field goal, they get momentum (back). It was a big play at the right time,” 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw said.

San Francisco capitalized on the turnover with a seven play 70-yard drive when Purdy on a play action pass to Mitchell for a 7-yard touchdown reception. Purdy connected with Kittle on the two-point conversion for a 31-17 lead.

The 49ers drove the steak right through the heart of the Seahawks when Purdy connected with Deebo Samuel on a play action roll out that resulted in a 74-yard touchdown reception down the sideline where Brandon Aiyuk delivered the key block on the play.

“We’re a two seed for a reason. We know we just have to go out there and play our game. I think we scored on all of our drives in the first half besides one we had a three and out. Our defense said ‘hey we’re going to tighten up, we’re going to get some turnovers.’ They did exactly what they said they were going to do. And when our defense gets turnovers, our offense scores points. And that’s why we’re so good,” Kittle said.

San Francisco’s defense created its second turnover when Deommodore Lenoir intercepted a pass from intended for Tyler Lockett and returned it to the Seahawks 37-yard line.

Seattle closed out the scoring with 1:48 remaining in the fourth quarter when Smith connected with Metcalf for a three-yard touchdown.

Purdy, who played his best game as a starter, finished the game with 18 of 30 for 332 yards and three touchdowns to go with his four overall touchdown performance, no interceptions and a QB rating of 131.5. Samuel had one of his best performances of the season with six catches for 133 yards and one touchdown to go along with 32 rushing yards on three carries.

McCaffery had another dominating performance in the trenches as he led all rushers with 119 yards on 15 carries while chipping in two receptions for 17 yards and one touchdown.

Smith went 25 of 35 for 253 yards with two touchdowns and one interception with a QB rating of 98.9. Metcalf led all receivers with 10 catches for 136 yards to go along with his two touchdowns. Walker III chipped in 63 yards on the ground in 15 carries.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished the game 6-for-11 on third down conversions. Seattle was 6-for-13.

UP NEXT: San Francisco hosts a Divisional Playoff game on either Saturday 1/21 or Sunday 1/22. Team and time TBD.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: 49ers crush Seahawks 41-23; Advance to Divisional round next week

San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) is congratulated by wide receiver Jauan Jennings after scoring against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on Sat Jan 14, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave, this Wild Card playoff was not even close the San Francisco 49ers (14-4) landslided the visiting Seattle Seahawks (9-9) behind the amazing quarterbacking of rookie Brook Purdy 41-23 who threw for four touchdowns.

#2 The Seahawks came out in the first half looking like they might make this a competitive contest with a one point 17-16 lead but that was all erased in the second half as the 49ers shutout the Seahawks in the third quarter and opened up the offense with 18 points in the fourth quarter.

#3 Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll during that second half tried to get them on track but quarterback Geno Smith unlike the first half just couldn’t execute in the red zone and the 49ers pass rush keep Smith running in the third quarter where Seattle was shutout.

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Niners Clip the Wings of the Cardinals in Regular Season Finale at Levi’s, 38-13

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on Sun Jan 8, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Michael Roberson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco Forty-Niners put themselves into the #2 seed in the NFC, by preventing the Arizona Cardinals from flying around the Silicon Valley skies, 38-13..

Although they wanted to attain the #1 seed, those other birds, top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles,  took care of business in the City of Brotherly Love..

Arizona quieted the full house in Levi;s Stadium with a 77-yard bomb from QB David Blough to receiver AJ Green in less than a minute of the game’s opening drive,  Unfortunately, their kicker, the usually reliable Matt Prater missed the PAT.  

A few minutes later, the all-purpose weapon, Christian McCaffrey caught a 21-yard touchdown from quarterback Brock Purdy, and kicker Robbie Gould made his initial PAT.  After 15 minutes of play, 7-6 Niners.

In the second quarter, the 49ers hit paydirt twice and the Cardinals made it to the house once.

San Francisco running back Alijah Mitchell scampered for a 5-yard TD after a Tashaun Gipson interception of Blough.

Arizona ‘s running back Corey Clement blasted the line for a 1-yard touchdown, bringing the score to a margin of one point, 14-13.

With 19 seconds left in the half,  Niners’ star tight end George Kittle received a 4-yard touchdown, putting them up by eight at intermission, 21-13.

The Santa Clara inhabitants went on a 17-0 run in the third quarter, ballooning their lead to 25, 38-13 after 3,

Mitchell and Kittle both returned to the endzone, Gould kicked a 27-yard field goal and Gipson picked off another pass.

The fourth segment of the game was very uneventful, as the third quarter score remained the same as the final score, 38-13, in favor of the home team.

Mr. RELEVANT (Purdy) threw 3 touchdowns on 178 yards passing for the Niners, while Cardinals’ QB David Blough passed for 180 yards, tossed a touchdown, but had two attempts picked off.

At press time, the 49ers will host either the Green Bay Packers or the Seattle Seahawks next weekend, pending Green Bay’s later scoring total.

Cardinals’ defensive end JJ Watt played his last NFL game with an impressive two sacks to end an incredible career.  He intimated that he was thankful for his time in the league and appreciative of his many accolades.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Samuel and Mitchell expected back today against Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel seen here being carted off after suffering a knee injury on Sun Dec 11, 2022 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is expected to return today Sun Jan 8, 2023 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara (San Francisco Chronicle via AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Joe:

#1 Joe, how big is it for the San Francisco 49ers (12-4) to get Deebo Samuel and Elijah Mitchell back do you see them getting into today’s lineup against the Arizona Cardinals (4-12)?

#2 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that Deebo is cleared to get in today just how much was he missed out of the line up since getting injured back on week 14 due to knee injuries.

#3 Mitchell returns since spraining his knee back on Nov 27th, Mitchell has had ACL spasms and has only played in four regular season games. How important is it to have Mitchell back as the post season starts next week.

#4 The 49ers will rest guard Aaron Banks who is out with knee and ankle sprains and Dre Greenlaw who is out with a back injury. The 49ers have said they will rest both players today against the Cardinals and both are expected back in the playoffs.

#5 Finally Joe how much of an impact has it been on the Cardinals who play against the 49ers today at Levi Stadium since they lost quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray sustained a knee injury on a quarterback keeper during week 14 that put him out for the rest of the season and he is not expected to be there at the beginning of next season either.

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