There aren’t a ton of silver linings for the 49ers after their latest playoff disappointment, but the play of quarterback Brock Purdy in Super Bowl LVIII should provide at least a little bit of optimism for the future. Even the Chiefs defensive coaching staff was impressed by the 49ers’ young signal caller.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, whose defense tied quarterbacks in knots all season, had high praise for Purdy after the game.

“The zones, I just think their wideouts and quarterback are so good at their timing routes, and Brock Purdy is really good,” Spagnuolo said via MMQB. “He knew when we were in certain things, and he found seams.”

Purdy competed 23-of-38 throws for 255 yards and one touchdown with no turnovers. He also led three go-ahead drives in the fourth quarter and overtime, and over those two periods completed 9-of-13 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.

MMQB’s Albert Breer noted on Twitter that one Chiefs coach even compared Purdy to future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.

Sunday’s loss was a brutal one that the 49ers probably feel like they could have (or should have) won, but if Purdy is as good as the Kansas City coaching staff says he is, this won’t be his last opportunity to win a championship.

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