In a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy proved that he had fully recovered from his elbow surgery and regained the confidence he had during his rookie season. He threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns to Brandon Aiyuk, both while being covered by Steelers cornerback Patrick Peterson. This performance silenced any doubts about Purdy’s abilities and the potential of the 49ers’ team. Even 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa acknowledged Purdy’s success, stating that he had shut down his critics. Peterson, who had expressed respect for Purdy but promised to intercept the ball, instead witnessed Aiyuk scoring in the end zone twice. Overall, the game showcased the dominance of the 49ers and their ability to control the Steelers, both offensively and defensively.
Not only did Purdy impress with his performance, but running back Christian McCaffery also had a standout game, rushing for 151 yards and catching three passes for 17 yards. The 49ers showed that they were still a force to be reckoned with, even without Bosa’s usual disruptive presence on the field. The defense stepped up, with five sacks and two interceptions, keeping the Steelers and quarterback Kenny Pickett in check. The game demonstrated the execution and confidence of the 49ers, while Tomlin admitted that the Steelers had been outplayed in various aspects of the game.
Pickett struggled throughout the game, completing 31 of 46 passes for 232 yards, mostly when the Steelers were already behind. The offense had a slow start, not getting their first down until late in the first half. While they briefly reduced the deficit with a touchdown pass from Pickett, they could not mount a comeback. McCaffery’s 65-yard touchdown run at the beginning of the second half further cemented the 49ers’ dominance. Despite linebacker T.J. Watt matching a franchise sack record, it was clear that the Steelers were outmatched by the 49ers, who showcased their superiority as one of the league’s top teams.
In terms of injuries, the Steelers lost defensive tackle Cameron Heyward in the second quarter due to a groin injury, wide receiver Diontae Johnson in the third quarter with a hamstring injury, and right tackle Chuks Okorafor in the fourth quarter, who will likely undergo the concussion protocol. In their upcoming games, the 49ers will face the Los Angeles Rams, while the Steelers will take on division rival Cleveland.