The 49ers quarterback had an excellent performance to fuel San Francisco’s win over the Cowboys
The San Francisco 49ers remain one of only two undefeated teams this season thanks to one of the most talented rosters in the league, led by a quarterback who debuted in 2023 at the top of our list, thanks to a great performance in a stunning victory on Sunday night over the Dallas Cowboys.
After missing out on the Super Bowl last season, the Niners now look like solid candidates to represent the National Conference next February if Brock Purdy continues to show the level of perfection reached this Sunday.
Without further ado, these are the best players in the fifth quarter of the 2023 NFL regular season:
Brock Purdy’s performance was perfect, and the Niners opted to rest him for most of the fourth quarter after completing 17 of 24 passes for 252 yards with four touchdowns on a day where he destroyed the Cowboys’ secondary, which is considered one of the best units in the league.
Brock Purdy connected with George Kittle three times for touchdowns and then found fullback Kyle Juszczyk alone in the end zone for his fourth touchdown pass of the day.
In fact, Brock Purdy’s production could have been higher, but Christian McCaffrey lost a fumble at the Cowboys’ 2-yard line early in the second quarter.
With that, Brock Purdy became the fourth 49ers quarterback to throw four touchdown passes against the Cowboys, joining Jeff Garcia (2000), Joe Montana (1983), and Jim Plunkett (1977), according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Ja’Marr Chase had a historic performance after adding 15 receptions for 192 yards and three touchdowns in the Bengals’ 34-20 win at Arizona, becoming only the fifth player in history with 15 receptions and three touchdowns. touchdowns in a game, joining a list that includes two Hall of Famers: Steve Largent, Jerry Rice, Jimmy Smith, and Tyler Lockett.
For Fantasy Football fans, Ja’Marr Chase could mean win or lose—if you had to face him—this week, finishing with 52.2 points in PPR leagues, the most by a single player. this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The Bears won their first game of the season thanks to a great performance by DJ Moore, who finished with eight receptions for 230 yards and three touchdowns against the Chicago Bears. In just five weeks, Moore has already scored five touchdowns on the season, the second-highest total of his career (7).
In a weekend where Jonathan Taylor returned to Indianapolis after committing to a multi-year contract, the Colts’ biggest star on the field was another running back, Zack Moss, who finished with 23 carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Tennessee Titans. Moss averaged 7.2 yards per carry and also caught two passes for 30 yards.
Due to the lack of consistency in Pittsburgh’s attack, the defense needs to step up, and TJ Watt is the heart of the unit that remained controlled by Lamar Jackson all day, leading to a 17-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Watt finished with two sacks, two pass deflections, and a fumble recovery, and his sack in the final seconds sealed the victory for the Steelers.
The Jaguars almost came as victims in their game against the Buffalo Bills in London and quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s erratic performance didn’t help the cause much with two lost fumbles; however, Travis Etienne’s numbers emerged as safety on the day with 26 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns
Jared Goff has had the best season in the NFL, and this Sunday he directed six touchdown drives in the victory against the Carolina Panthers, including three that ended in touchdown passes, and he also scored once on the ground. Goff connected with eight different receivers and found tight end Sam LaPorta twice in the end zone.
The 49ers ended the blowout of the Cowboys with Kittle’s first two touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead. Overall, Kittle finished with three receptions for 67 yards and three touchdowns. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Kittle is the third 49ers player with three touchdown receptions in a game since 2000, joining Terrell Owens (2001) and Vernon Davis (2009).