Brock Purdy

49ers QB Purdy makes Peterson eat his words with two TD passes

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Brock Purdy had the upper hand over veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson in the first quarter of the 49ers' Week 1 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Acrisure Stadium.

San Francisco jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Purdy to wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk.

The cornerback in coverage, who Aiyuk put a nasty move on, was Peterson, who made waves for his comments about the 49ers' offense and his prediction that he'd intercept Purdy.

“There is some tell signs out there that tells us what plays we’re gonna get from those guys in certain situations,” Peterson told co-host Bryant McFadden on a recent episode of his "All Things Covered" podcast.

“When I get my pick Sunday, we’ll talk about it."

In speaking to reporters after practice on Thursday, Purdy was asked about Peterson's comments and issued a humble response.

"I don't really know what to say about that," Purdy said. "He's a good player. Patrick Peterson's a great player, I grew up watching him and everything. I was obviously from Arizona, he played for the Cardinals and stuff. It's the competitive nature of football, so we'll see."

Purdy, an Arizona native, grew up watching Peterson on the Arizona Cardinals and had the opportunity to meet the star cornerback as a high schooler in 2017 before he was reunited with the then-Baltimore Ravens corner last season.

After the opening-drive touchdown pass to Aiyuk, Purdy targeted Peterson again, completing a jaw-dropping 19-yard touchdown pass to Aiyuk with Peterson, to his credit, providing tight coverage.

Throughout the first half, there was no question that Purdy and the 49ers' offense had the upper hand on Peterson and the Steelers' defense.

If San Francisco's offense indeed does have "tell signs," they certainly have done a good job of covering them up.

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