Brock Purdy hits Brandon Aiyuk with pair of first-half 49ers touchdown passes

PITTSBURGH — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy waited six months to the day to return from his offseason elbow surgery. It took all of five and a half minutes for him to throw his first touchdown pass.

After the Niners defense got a three and out on the game’s opening possession, the Niners quickly marched to Pittsburgh’s 8. On first-and-goal, Purdy dropped back, scanned the field and found wideout Brandon Aiyuk wide open in the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown. The extra point made it 7-0 Niners with 9:29 left in the first quarter.

A fired-up Purdy bolted toward San Francisco’s sideline, pounding his chest and letting out a guttural scream. He was 3-of-3 for 25 yards and a score on the opening drive.

It was the first time since 2014 that the 49ers scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the first game of the regular season and the 19th career touchdown catch for Aiyuk, tied for most on the team in that span.

Aiyuk and Purdy connected again with 13:30 left in the second quarter as Purdy floated a pass down the right sideline to the front corner of the end zone. Aiyuk leaped over cornerback Patrick Peterson, pulled it in and got two feet down for the score. The extra point made it 17-0 San Francisco.

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