McCaffrey 'not shocked anymore' by 49ers rookie QB Purdy's heroics

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Christian McCaffrey says rookie quarterback Brock Purdy no longer surprises him after another standout display in the San Francisco 49ers' 19-12 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday's NFC Divisional Round game.

The 49ers advanced to their second-straight NFC Championship Game, and third in the past four seasons, with the victory.

Purdy, who only got his chance as starting QB following injuries to Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance, completed 19 of 29 passes for 214 yards, with the 49ers focusing on their run game to combat the Cowboys' strong defense.

Last week Purdy became the first rookie to throw for 200 yards with no interceptions in a postseason game and he backed that up again.

The 23-year-old quarterback is now 7-0 in starts this season, with 14 touchdowns and two interceptions, and has a legitimate claim to being the 49ers' starting quarterback next season.

"You see it every day in the day he prepares, you see it in practice, and in games, he has just been an impressive guy to be around in the huddle," McCaffrey told reporters about Purdy.

"I'm not shocked anymore – it's just who he is now."

McCaffrey scored the game-winning touchdown to cap a drive in which Purdy linked up with George Kittle, who hauled in a superb catch for a 30-yard gain.

"That was unbelievable," McCaffrey said. "That was one of the best catches I've ever seen.

"That's a special player doing special things. And plays like that definitely boost momentum."

Kittle said he was not the primary for the play where he juggled Purdy's threaded pass, with the QB intending to hit receiver Brandon Aiyuk on a crossing route, with Deebo Samuel and Kyle Jaszczyk his other options. Instead, with none of those options open, Purdy improvised.

"I'm not in the read at all," Kittle said. "Brock is a good quarterback who keeps his eyes up when the play is falling apart and his No. 1 and his No. 2 wasn't open so for him to look back inside to see a white glove hand fly up and give me a shot at the ball, that's just really good quarterback play."

Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan did not get carried away with Purdy's game, in a contest that he expected to be tight against the Cowboys.

"He made a number of plays today," Shanahan said. "By no means was anything perfect, for the whole offense and the whole team, but it seemed like playoff football in that game.

"We were going against a team we've been watching all week, and we had a feeling it would be this type of game. That's why we were stressing the run game on both sides.

"We were stressing to protect the ball and try to get turnovers – we accomplished both of those things – but you do that stuff and you still have to make a number of plays."

San Francisco will face the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday for a place at Super Bowl LVII.