The San Francisco 49ers fell to the Seattle Seahawks, 27-24, in overtime for their first loss of 2019. Here's what both locker rooms had to say following the Week 10 matchup.
Kyle Shanahan on his overall impressions of the game:
"You're always disappointed when you don't win. Especially when we felt we had a number of chances. I was very proud of our guys. I thought we competed very hard. Guys left it all out there. I know guys are hurting right now. I thought all three phases played hard. I thought our defense was unbelievable. I thought the offense played as hard as they could but made way too many mistakes to be able to pull out a win in that game."
Shanahan on the demeanor of the locker room following the loss:
"I think they're disappointed. I think guys are exhausted right now. Guys left a lot out there. We've got a lot of guys banged up who came out of the game and a lot of guys were, I think, hurting throughout that game. So, I think the guys left it all out there. I know they are exhausted. I know they are disappointed with the loss, but I think they are excited to rest tomorrow and get right back at it next week."
Shanahan on how much of an impact the losses of George Kittle and Emmanuel Sanders had on the offense:
"They're our two best playmakers, so it definitely takes a toll. We knew that coming in with George. We kind of realized that was going to happen today. Emmanuel was out there battling. Had that happen with his ribs. He tried to go a few more series longer, but he had to go out. Other guys came in, some guys stepped it up at times. We just didn't have the consistency out there."
QB Jimmy Garoppolo on the game being back and forth:
"Yeah, it was a crazy game, it was, even early on, throughout the entire game. We knew how the game was going to be with Seattle. These division games are never easy, but kind of exactly what we expected."
Garoppolo on if he was disappointed to lose this one:
"Yeah, I mean, it was a tough fought game. It's a good team, so we knew it was going to be a tough fight and everything. I thought our guys battled up until the end. It was a tough loss."
DL DeForest Buckner on his his first-career touchdown:
"Yeah, let's see. I mean, it was a critical situation. We needed to get a big stop or get the ball back for the offense and make a short field. I mean, we were all just rushing and (Seattle Seahawks QB) Russell (Wilson) was just wrapped up. Pretty sure the guys got to him and I saw one of the linemen take the ball from him and was just wondering 'what the hell is this dude doing?' you know what I mean? He tried to run with it, which was crazy, so I tried to wrap him up and get the ball out. Didn't know that Fred Warner punched it out, I thought I ripped it out. That hurt. But then I saw the opportunity to scoop it up and make a big play in the game and get some energy back for the team. I saw it and it was, what, about a 20-yard return. Thank the lord, because I was tired. Yeah, it was a great play and tried to bring it back. Tried to help the team and we just came up short."
Buckner on how he expects the team to bounce back:
"Yeah, I mean, the guys fought hard, man. It's the little details that we've got to clean up as a unit. You know, offense, defense, special teams. We all made mistakes to come up short tonight and we all know that. I'm just proud of each and every one of the guys for fighting as much as we could, just trying to give us a chance to come out with the win. We came up short. All the guys know the work that we put in each and every single day. It was a little gut check taking this L tonight, but we're going to bounce back."
LB Dre Greenlaw on his first-career interception:
"At that time I had man coverage on the hot too, so basically I had anybody coming out to the flat. I looked back inside and saw the quarterback looking that way and instinctively, I opened my hips and tried to do what I can do to get as much yardage to put my team in a position to try to win the game."
CB Richard Sherman on the locker room following the loss:
"It was fine. You treat both the same, success and failure, because neither one of them are fatal. It's a learning experience, guys battled and we had a chance to win it. We've got to play better on both sides of the ball. All three phases we've got to play better football. On defense, we've got to give ourselves a chance. We've got to get those stops on those sudden changes. So, at the end of the day, it's a good learning lesson for us. Guys battled, there were a ton of mistakes that guys made but then we made a ton of huge plays to give us a chance."
Sherman on the defense's performance:
"We played hard, that's for sure. We tried to give ourselves a chance. We didn't play up to our standard, there were plays that were sudden changes. We were backed up but you've got to find a way to get those stops. I think everybody in that room would say 'I've got to make a play.' Somebody has to make a play in those situations. One of those situations Jaquiski Tartt made a heck of a play and got us off the field, but I or somebody else have got to find a way to make a play and get those guys stopped and hold them to a field goal. So, at the end of the day you can only point the finger at yourself and try to get better that way, work hard and get ready for the next opponent."
S Jaquiski Tartt on his strip of DK Metcalf in the first half:
"I was just trying to make a play. Every play is the defense's mindset to get the ball. For us, they are not in the end zone until they are in the end zone. For me, I was just trying to strip the ball, and I just happened to take it away from him."
Tartt on how difficult it is to contain Russell Wilson:
"He is a special player. He is the guy that drives their offense. He did what he usually does, so give him credit."
LB Fred Warner on his forced fumble that led to Buckner's touchdown:
"Yeah, that was a crazy play. They tried to run a tight end screen. Dre Greenlaw did a great job sniffing it out, grabbing him. I don't know how the tackle, or whoever that was, ended up having the ball in his hands. I was confused at first, but then I saw DeForest Buckner grab him and I came up and, you know, took a shot at it. It popped out, DeFo made a hell of a play, ran it back and gave us some life. Huge play by DeFo."
Warner on Greenlaw's performance:
"Dre did outstanding. I thought he had a great game. He was out there communicating, lining up with urgency, making plays. That play where he intercepted the ball was just insane. I'm thinking I was going to have a chance at it because Wilson lobbed it up. Just the execution of that play and what we were running, I honestly couldn't believe it was so, you know, kind of surreal. He's a great player, very instinctive and it showed tonight for sure."
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll recaps the game:
"So you want a nice easy win and just can feel it from the beginning of the game, you know with the guac and the chips and just kind of kick back. It ain't happening. It ain't happening. They took us all the way until there was nothing left and it was a beautiful job of hanging. What I really liked about this game was the way it started and then the surge that happened in the middle of it, when our guys won eight straight drives without letting them get anything going on offense. Our (Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator) Ken Norton Jr. did a fantastic job tonight with our guys. We had to adjust right off the start and the guys took to it. We did some different things than the plan called for, and we wound up sacking them five times tonight and getting after the quarterback like we had hoped to. Maybe this is the start that we've been looking for with our pass rush. It was a really good rush tonight. I thought (Seattle Seahawks DE) Jadeveon Clowney was fantastic tonight. Just when he was close he was causing problems and he scored again. So, I really loved what the defense did during this night and it's important to us, really important to us, the way we played. It's a great running football team. We held them to, I don't know 70 or 80 yards, whatever the heck it was, that's a big night by guys up front, by the linebackers, and when we needed it most. It was really a big night. So, there's a lot of really cool things about this game that are kind of the subtle stuff. The obvious is hanging with (Seattle Seahawks K) Jason Myers. What a great, thrilling night for him to come through and make his kicks, and make his winning kick and all that, and kick the ball deep on that long. A lot goes into that and I think it was, for those that follow us really closely, not for maybe the outside media, but it's a great illustration of his teammates supporting him throughout. In the locker room immediately last week they were supporting him so that he would be ready to do this, what we needed tonight, and come through. And, there ain't nothing better than coming through like that in the clutch. So, we're thrilled by the night that he had. That's a really good team and they played good football in lots of ways, and that's why they've been unbeaten until now. It's a good step forward for us. I would tell you that we need these games. We need to play in these tough situations. We need to play teams like this on the road all the way down to the nub, and all that it takes to get that done. It makes us better. We get to go on a break right now. We're going to max out this break. These guys deserve it. They've been going like crazy. They haven't taken a step other than forward since we've come together and hopefully we'll come out of this thing being in pretty good shape. "
Carroll on Jadeveon Clowney's performance:
"I think it's a breakout game. I just thought he was so impressive all night long. I don't know how they locked up. They were tackling him. He was just penetrating so fast and so furiously, but what a fantastic game. Yeah, we would have liked to see him a little earlier, but if we got going now and this is where we kick into high gear, then that's a really good defense and we looked pretty good tonight too. I'm really proud of our guys for matching up their entire list and all that stuff and obviously, they stepped up in a great way."
QB Russell Wilson on the Monday night game:
"To start off, that was the craziest game I've ever been a part of. Talk about a "Monday Night Football" game, that felt like an NFC Championship game right there. It was just back and forth, back and forth, with two great teams going after it. Getting the ball in overtime, we go down and move the ball really well. I think I have (Seattle Seahawks TE) Jacob Hollister for a touchdown and they make a great play. Two inches higher and we have a touchdown. Game over. Then our defense goes out there and stops them. They miss the field goal and we get the ball back and find a way to win. We get in there and get the big first down. (Seattle Seahawks K) Jason Myers comes up big with the game-winning field goal. Headsets off and this is it. Game is over no matter what. Tie, win or whatever it may be. I think the great thing about this game for our football team was just the resilience. We've had it all year. We've been, I think, the toughest team just in terms of resilience all year, in my opinion. Just how we stay encouraged, how we stay focused, how we keep having the faith and believe something great is going to happen. Our defense played great throughout the night in a tough environment and a tough game. We made plays when we needed to. We knew it would come down to the wire. I said earlier in the week it would come down to the wire. I didn't think it would come to overtime with no more time on the clock kind of wire, but that's just a true amazing moment."
Wilson on the challenge of going against the 49ers defense:
"Well, we knew they had a great defense. They've been great all year. They've been one of the top defenses in the league. We knew it was going to be a battle. We knew that we had some great plays and great players too. On offense we've been playing great and their defense has been playing great. We knew it was going to be a lot of heads banging back and forth. We just kept talking about staying with it. We have to give a lot of credit to them too. They played great throughout the game. We did too. There are no words to explain how crazy it was. We found a way on offense and the defense did a tremendous job of making so many great stands and stops as well."
DE Jadeveon Clowney on how the defense's pressure effected the 49ers offense:
"It helped. When you get pressure on any quarterback in the NFL, it's going to help your team win. We have to just keep playing up front and keep doing that throughout the season. It's a long season. We have to keep feeding off each other up front and keep getting pressure on the quarterback. That's going to help us win games throughout the rest of the season. We have a tough schedule ahead of us."
Clowney on his performance Monday night:
"I could've done more. At the end of the day, I felt like I left some plays out there. I think I played a good game, but it could've been better. I could've made some more plays for my team and try to force more turnovers. At the end of the day we got five sacks, and we got the win."
LB Bobby Wagner on what worked defensively for the Seahawks:
"We just wanted to come out and attack. We know that they were going to establish the run. It's an important aspect of their offense. The main thing was just try to be physical, try to get in the backfield, try to make them one dimensional by putting the ball in the quarterback's hands and make him beat us."