The NFL MVP award theoretically should go to the player who makes the biggest impact on his team. It’s a subjective discussion, but given the value of the quarterback, it’s no surprise that they win the award more than any other position.
The San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles faced off in Week 13. The game was a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship, but more importantly, it was a potentially key matchup for this year’s No. 1 seed. An Eagles win wouldn’t secure the top seed, but it would give them a huge leg up. A 49ers win wouldn’t move San Francisco into the top seed, but it would move them to within a game of Philadelphia and give them the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The 49ers demolished the Eagles on Sunday, winning 42-19 thanks to a complete team effort. However, 49ers QB Brock Purdy stood out with his performance. He completed 19 of 27 passes for 314 yards and threw four touchdown passes. By comparison, Jalen Hurts threw for 298 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 20 yards and a touchdown.
Hurts entered the week as the favorite to win the award with +250 odds, while Purdy had slipped well down the list to +1700. The 49ers three-game losing streak had cost him ground, but he made it up in a hurry this week.
Coming out of Week 13, Purdy is now +300 to win the award and is tied with Dak Prescott as the co-favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. Hurts is now +350, and is followed by Tua Tagovailoa (+700) and Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes (both +900).
If Purdy ends up winning the MVP award, we’ll look back at this win over the Eagles as the difference. He went on the road against the team with the best record in the league and put together a dominant performance.
The 49ers started slow on their first two drives, but thens scored touchdowns on their next six consecutive drives. Christian McCaffrey had a solid performance with 133 total yards and a touchdown. Deebo Samuel had a dominant game, combining for 138 yards and three touchdowns. Purdy detractors will point to the embarrassment of riches he has on the roster, but he still stepped up and executed in one of the most hostile environments he’ll face this season.
Dak Prescott might still win the MVP award, and Jalen Hurts isn’t out of the picture, but Brock Purdy made his case on Sunday. If he wins the award, we’ll be able to point to this performance as the one that put him over the top.