Purdy discusses mentality change from first 49ers playoff run to present.

Brock Purdy approaches this year's playoffs differently than last year. In the 2023 NFL playoffs, a 23-year-old quarterback led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers quarterback has had a season, especially the past two weeks, to reflect on that event.

“I feel like it’s a little different,” Purdy told reporters after practice Wednesday. “Last year, I was still finding my way. I was put in late in the year, so every week I tried to play well, acquire my quarterback identity, and get used to the system. Last year, I focused on winning every week and getting this squad to the end.

Being more accustomed with the offense, who I am, and all that makes this year different. But seeing previous year's games helps recall the emotions of participating in a playoff game. Good stuff. As a quarterback, remembering such times is crucial. I'm betting on those.

Watching the footage and seeing himself in the playoffs last year reminded Purdy, the final choice of the 2022 NFL Draft, what it takes to win two games.

The quarterback looks ahead with increased knowledge and wisdom after a historic first playoff run that ended when Purdy tore his UCL against the Philadelphia Eagles after setting the 49ers' single-season passing record.

I felt like the first game was a little bit anxious because every play mattered: not turning the ball over, but making plays still and winning and doing what it takes to win, Purdy said.

Some of those I had to learn. Watching the film brings back last year's emotions. First playoff game. I should remember those things and know what to expect in the first playoff game this year.

Days after the 49ers' second Lombardi Trophy chase with Purdy, the quarterback revealed a positive mental adjustment from last year

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