What 49ers Players Said after 32-17 Loss to Lions

The San Francisco 49ers dropped their third game in a row on Sunday, losing 32-17 to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Following the defeat, players spoke to the media about a variety of topics, including the team's fast start, penalties and a milestone.

LB NaVorro Bowman

(On if Lions QB Matthew Stafford's hard count drew the defense offside): "Yeah, he was doing a good job with mixing up the cadence and he got us a few times. They were doing a little bit of movement. The referee said he would look at it and we left it at that."

(On how difficult penalties make the game for the team): "Yeah, it makes it very difficult, especially on third down when we have a chance to get off the field, we shoot ourselves in the foot. We know they're penalties that we caused on our own and that just comes down to discipline and focusing on your assignment."

WR Anquan Boldin

(On joining the 1,000-reception club): "I mean, at this point, it doesn't mean much. I'd much rather take the win."

(On if he was surprised at the offense in the second half): "Yeah, I thought we were coming back out the second half and do the same thing. We moved the ball well the first half, the second half, I don't know. I don't know what happened."

T Joe Staley

(On the difference on offense in the first and second half): "It was really a great first half, a great first drive. We got in a great tempo, we were able to run the ball with success. Everything we wanted to do was there. We were running a lot of the run game out of the spread, the 11-personnel formation was having a lot of success staying on time. In the second half we had limited possessions. We had three possessions, had a big turnover down there at the 1-yard line, gave them the ball, so that's where the game kind of swung."

(On the team's performance on the road this season): "You have to learn, every year is its own unique year. We've got guys in this locker room that have won, that have been successful and won on the road and know what it takes, then we have guys that don't know. We have guys that are young and stepping in roles. We want to win on the road and we haven't done that yet, but like I said earlier this week, I'm too optimistic about the talent that we have here. We've just got to be a little patient with it."
 

RB Jarryd Hayne

(On how it felt being back on the field and being promoted from the practice squad): "Yeah, it felt great. I got a lot of work and just kept on doing what I'm doing in the meeting room and outside of football as well, so I think that's where we see shine and while I'd like to say that we came close to a big day, that's not what it's about."

(On if he felt the coaches were more comfortable with his role on offense): "Definitely. I think that's just, with the amount of reps I got on the lookout team and just kind of being by myself for the last couple of weeks on the practice squad as well. So that's been huge and for me to be able to get that experience, it's invaluable because I've got obviously so much to catch up on and I think today I felt great out there and probably one or two things that I could have done better. But overall, I was happy."

CB Kenneth Acker

(On the challenges of covering the Lions offense): "Calvin Johnson's a good, great receiver, really. I felt like we did a pretty good job on him, not letting him get too many plays downfield. But he's going to catch balls, that's what he does."

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