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Your daily San Francisco 49ers news for Wednesday, December 13th, 2023

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49ers’ Brock Purdy discusses No. 1 seed, MVP race, chasing down McCaffrey

“It’s no secret.” Purdy stated Tuesday morning on Bay Area radio station KNBR’s “Murph and Markus” show. “If you get the first seed, you obviously get, that first round of [the] playoffs, you have that game off. And so for us, it’s like, yeah, I think anybody, any team in the NFL, can look at it and be like, man, you only have to win two games to get to the big game.

“And so that’s something that we all know and understand. And last year, we sort of felt, not the pain, but had to play three games to get to the Super Bowl. So it’s something that we all know, and it’s right there in front of us. We just got to take it one day at a time, one game at a time, and everything will fall into place from there.”

Purdy emphasized, “We can’t get caught up in all that kind of stuff. For us, we know what’s at stake, but, man, we’re taking it one day at a time. We’ve got a very experienced team. They’ve been through situations like this before, and we all know how to handle it.”

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“My initial reaction to this is that I doubted I used McCoy as the comp (I’m just not very familiar with McCoy) … and I didn’t. I asked former general manager Scot McCloughan his Purdy comp and he went with McCoy. It’s not the slam you think it is. McCloughan always has been a huge fan of McCoy.

The comp I’ve been using, albeit with hesitation, for months is Drew Brees. They are similar in size, arm strength and especially brain speed. Their special power is being able to see things and react to them more quickly than most quarterbacks. Brees always was good with quick adjustments in the pocket that bought him more time. That’s something we’ve been seeing from Purdy, especially in recent weeks. With every game, I grow a little more confident with that comp.”

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“Purdy might be perfect for Shanahan’s system. He sees the game in real time as Shanahan draws it up during the week.

When Shanahan installs a game plan, he will explain all the contingencies on every play. More often than not, Purdy is able to act on those coaching points with a split-second decision.

In just his second season in the NFL, it’s difficult to believe anybody is better at pocket awareness, seeing the field, processing information, anticipation and putting the ball in the hands of his receivers while they’re at top speed.

That is what the system asks of him, and that is what he delivers with extraordinary consistency.”

49ers’ game review: What Christian McCaffrey’s 72-yard jaunt symbolized (paywall)

“And Aiyuk’s run-blocking performance Sunday would make All-World left tackle Trent Williams stand and applaud. In addition to McCaffrey’s 72-yard run, Aiyuk delivered key blocks on the 49ers’ three other runs of 20-plus yards: scampers of 23 and 20 by McCaffrey and a 25-yard run by wide receiver Deebo Samuel.

On McCaffrey’s 20-yarder, Aiyuk had a textbook seal block on safety Julian Love. On McCaffrey’s 23-yarder, he was pushing safety Quandre Diggs 20 yards downfield, allowing McCaffrey to gain at least five more yards.

Asked about Aiyuk’s blocking against the Seahawks, Shanahan’s answer invoked the image of Juszczyk and others shaking their heads at what some of their NFL peers “get away with.”

“I think it’s rare that one of our guys don’t do that on a play,” Shanahan said. “Whenever our guys don’t do it, they’re going to stick out to the other guys.”