49ers vs. Seahawks: Postgame Notes and Quotes

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 12: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with Alex Smith #11 after a catching a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on December 12 2010 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The 49ers put up their highest point total since 2003 en route to a somewhat unexpected 40-21 victory over the Seahawks. Naturally with that kind of offensive explosion coupled with an impressive defensive performance, there are plenty of notable performances and plenty interesting quotations from coaches and players. Enjoy the positive energy (ignore the spacing issues - it's copied and pasted from an email).

San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Game Notes
Sunday, December 12, 2010

With The Win...

  • The 49ers improved their record against Seattle to 11-13.
  • The 49ers improved to 10-4 against NFC West opponents under head coach Mike Singletary.
  • The 49ers are 8-2 against NFC West opponents, since 2009.
  • Head coach Mike Singletary improved his record to 5-0 at home in December.
  • Head coach Mike Singletary improved his record to 7-4 in December.
  • QB Alex Smith improved to 3-0 at home in December under coach Singletary.
  • The 49ers improved to 12-2 under coach Singletary when not throwing an interception.
  • The 49ers improved to 12-1 under coach Singletary when winning the turnover battle.
  • The 49ers improved to 10-1 when QB Alex Smith starts and posts a QB rating of 95.0 or better (130.9 today).

Lighting Up The Score Board

  • The 49ers scored a season-high 40 points on the afternoon. The last time the 49ers scored at least 40 points in a game was 12/7/03 vs. Arz. (50 points).
  • The 49ers scored 30 points in the first half, their highest first half total since 11/16/08 vs. StL (35 points).

Shutting Down The Run

  • The 49ers defense has not allowed a 100-yd. rusher in the last 19 games, which marks the 2nd-longest active streak in the NFL, behind the NY Jets (20 games). San Francisco is one of only 3 teams (NY Jets and Pittsburgh) to not allow a 100-yd. rusher in 2010.
  • The 49ers defense allowed just 84 yds. rushing on the day. Entering today, the 49ers defense leads the NFL allowing just 74.9 yds. rushing against division opponents, since 2009. Minnesota ranks 2nd, allowing 91.0 yds. per game.

Taking It Back

  • The 49ers defense forced 5 turnovers on the day (1 FR and 4 INTs), the most by the 49ers since forcing 6 turnovers (3 FRs and 3 INTs) vs. Det. (12/27/09).

Turning Defense To Offense

  • The 49ers defense forced 5 turnovers on the day (1 FR and 4 INTs) and turned those turnovers into 20 points. The last time the 49ers scored at least 20 points off of turnovers was 12/14/09 vs. Arz. (24 points off 7 turnovers).

Secondary Gets Picky

  • The 49ers defense picked off Seattle QBMatt Hasselbeck4 times on the afternoon. This marked just the 4thtime in his career that Hasselbeck has thrown 4 INTs. The 4 INTs are the most by the 49ers since 11/12/09 vs. Chi. (5 INTs off QBJay Cutler).
  • LBTakeo Spikesregistered his 3rdINT of the season, 18thof his career, picking off a pass by Hasselbeckthat was tipped by LBManny Lawson. Spikes' 3 INTs on the season are his most since 2008. The INT set up a 44-yd. FB by KJeff Reed. Entering today's game, Spikes ranked t-4thamong all LBs with 12 INTs since 2003.
  • SReggie Smithrecorded his first career INT, picking off Hasselbeck and returning the ball 20 yds. to the Seattle 11-yd. line, setting up a 22-yd. FG by KJeff Reed.
  • SDashon Goldsonpicked off Hasselbeck and returned it 39 yds. for his first career TD. This marked his first INT of the season and 5thof his career.
  • CBNate Clementsnotched his 3rdINT of the season, 33rdof his career, as he picked of Hasselbeck in the end zone.

Trifecta

  • LBTravis LaBoycompleted the LB trifecta in the 2ndqtr. bringing down Seattle QBMatt Hasselbeckfor a sack, striping the ball and recovering the fumble. LaBoy now has 5.0 sacks on the season, including 1.0 sacks in each of the last 2 games, and it marked his first FF and FR of the season. LaBoy's FR set up a 15-yd. TD pass from QBAlex Smithto WRJosh Morgan.
  • LaBoy's 5.0 sacks on the season are his most since 2007 (6.0 sacks as a member of the Tennessee Titans).
  • With 1.0 sack on the day, the 49ers have now recorded 64.0 sacks against the NFC West since defensive coordinator Greg Manusky arrived in 2007. The 64.0 sacks ranks 3rd in the NFL for most sacks against division opponents in that time span, trailing only the Seattle Seahawks (72.0) and Pittsburgh Steelers (69.0).
  • With 1 FF on the day, the 49ers now have 30 FFs dating back to 2009. San Francisco entered the game ranked t-5th in the NFL with 29 FFs since the start of 2009.

Getting On The Board Early

  • QBAlex Smithconnected with TEVernon Davison a 42-yd. TD pass on the 49ers opening possession. The 49ers have now scored 34 points on their first offensive possession this season, the most by the team since 2006 (37 points). Entering today's game, the 49ers ranked 6thin the NFL in points scored on the first offensive possession this season.

Red Zone Technician

  • QBAlex Smithcompleted 5 of 8 pass atts. for 25 yds., 1 TD and a passer rating of 106.8 in the red zone on the afternoon. Entering today's game, Smith led the NFL in red zone comp. pct. (75.0) and passer rating (124.4). He now has completed 26 of 36 pass attempts for 161 yds., 9 TDs, 0 INTs and passer rating of 120.5 inside the opponent's 20-yd. line.

Spreading The Love

  • RBBrian Westbrook(87 yds.), WRJosh Morgan(82 yds.) and TEVernon Davis(70 yds.) are the first trio of 49ers teammates to register at least 70 yds. rec. in a game since 9/9/01 vs. Atl. (WRTerrell Owens- 93 yds., WRJ.J. Stokes- 93 yds. and WRTai Streets- 81 yds.).

Smith Sets Career High

  • QBAlex Smithcompleted 17 of 27 pass atts. for 255 yds., 3 TDs, 0 INTs and set a career high with a 130.5 passer rating. His previous career-high was 120.5 vs. Oak. (10/8/06).
  • The 49ers improved to 10-1 when Smith starts and registers a passer rating of 95.0 or better.

Smith's First Half Prowess

  • QBAlex Smiththrew for 195 yds. in the first half (13-20, 3 TDs), which is the most passing yds. by a 49ers QB in the first half since 2004 (QB Tim Rattay - 193 yds. at NYJ 10/17/04).
  • Smith threw three TDs in the first half, marking the first time a 49ers QB has tossed at least three TDs in the first half since Jeff Garcia (1/6/02 at NO).
  • Smith's first half QB rating of 136.5 was the highest by a 49ers QB in the first half since QB Shaun Hill posted a QB rating of 158.3 vs. StL (11/16/08).

Westbrook Sets Career-Long

  • QBAlex Smithfound RBBrian Westbrookon a 62-yd. catch and run for a TD. It marked Westbrook's longest play from scrimmage since 2006 [71-yd. run at SF (9/24/06)] and his longest career TD recept.
  • Westbrook ranks first among all active RBs with 30 career TD recepts.
  • With 110 yds. from scrimmage on the day, Westbrook now has 8,885 yds. from scrimmage since 2004. Entering today's game, he ranked 4thin the NFL, behind LaDainian Tomlinson (11,431), Steven Jackson (10,229) and Thomas Jones (9,405), over that time span.
  • Westbrook finished the day with 6 recepts. for 82 yds. and 1 TD. His 6 recepts. and 82 rec. yds. are his highest rec. totals since 10/18/09 at Oak. (9 rec. for 91 yds.).

11-85 Connection Is Back In Business

  • QBAlex Smithhooked up with TEVernon Davison a 42-yd. TD pass on the 49ers opening possession. Smith has now connected with Davis for 19 of his 47 career TD passes (40.4 pct.). Entering today's game, no active quarterback, since 2001, with at least 20 touchdown passes has thrown a higher percentage of his scoring throws to the same player than Smith to Davis.
  • With 1 receiving TD against the Seahawks, TE Vernon Davis now has 6 TDs on the year and 19 since 2009. He entered this week's game ranked t-1stin the NFL with Antonio Gates (18), Randy Moss (18), Larry Fitzgerald (18), Dwayne Bowe (18) and Roddy White (18) for the most TD recepts. since 2009.

Morgan Gets In The End Zone

  • WRJosh Morgantook a short pass from QBAlex Smith, eluded 3 defenders, and broke through on a 15-yd. TD recept. Morgan now has 2 TDs on the season and 8 for his career.

A Perfect Day

  • KJeff Reedconnected on 4 of 4 FG atts. (33, 44, 22 and 36). It marked the first time a 49ers kicker connected on 4 FG atts. since 10/12/08 vs. Phi. [KJoe Nedney4 of 4, (32, 37, 53 and 29)].

Cutback Kid

  • RBAnthony Dixontook a pitch to the right, ran into a wall of defenders, cut it back to the left, and took it downfield for a career-long 34-yd. run. Dixon's run set up a 33-yd. KJeff ReedFG.
  • Dixon set a career high with 60 yds. rushing and tied his career high with 14 carries. 

Extending Their Streaks

  • DTJustin Smithhas now started 152 consecutive games, dating back to his rookie season in 2001. Smith's consecutive start streak ranks 3rdamong defensive players and 7thamong all NFL players.
  • TEVernon Davishas now started 55 consecutive games, which ranks 3rdin the NFL among TE's behind Tony Gonzalez (67) and Jason Witten (64).

Head Coach Mike Singletary
Post-Game Quotes - December 12, 2010
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Opening Statement:

"I thank God for our players, our coaching staff. Had a good plan coming into the game and the guys did a pretty good job of executing it."

On whether he sensed anything different with QB Alex Smith in this game:

"No, I mean you know what, he had a good week of practice, and I just think that he came into the game and I thought he did a good job of executing. That's really about it."

On whether there was a more open offense and more plays available because Alex Smith was playing:

"Well, you know, we tried to take advantage of some of the opportunities we thought or hoped might be there, and I thought he did a pretty decent job of getting the ball where it needed to be, for the most part."

On the biggest difference between today and when they played Seattle in week one:

"I think the biggest difference the first time we played Seattle, there were just a lot of personnel, there was just a lot that we didn't know about. When you're preparing for someone and you know who the quarterback's going to be, but they're in transition, bringing in players, and doing a lot of changes, so that made a big difference."

On whether he feels that the 49ers are the best team in the NFC West:

"You know what, I felt that our team was the best team today, and as far as all the other stuff, you know, we've got three more games we've got to play, and the one in particular in mind, is San Diego. We have to transfer our thinking very quickly, enjoy this game for a few hours and move on to San Diego. We know that's going to be a very difficult game, and prepare as best as we can and come out with a win."

On whether it was nice to be able to take the defense out at the end of the third quarter to give them a rest for the Thursday game against San Diego coming up:

"It was nice. It was nice to take some of the guys out. Some of the guys tried to get back in and we had to manage that. Some of the guys were still trying to get back in. But we've got to work on that. But it was nice to get a lot of the guys out, because of that game on Thursday."

On whether he can share who was trying to get back in:

"No, I don't want to get into that. All of them."

On whether he challenged the secondary for this game and why they were better:

"No. I just think that you know, sometimes, in this league, you're going to have bad games, and I think particularly as DBs, whether you play safety, whether you play corner, it's just very important that you have a short memory and get back on track and play better the next week, and that's what they did."

On the defense having a lot of interceptions and whether that surprised him:

"One of the things that I continue to tell our guys is, you know, sometimes they get frustrated because they feel that they're not making plays. And the things that's very important is, it's nice to be called a playmaker and all of those other things, but more important is, play the defense, and do your job, and good things will happen. And I think today, that's what happened."

On whether Alex Smith learned anything different while he was watching games from the sideline due to his seeming more confident:

"Well I'm glad you thought so. I've got to look at the film. I thought he did a decent job, I really did. I thought he did a decent job."

On whether he gets a sense that the players feel like they are in a division race:

"Well, I just think it's something that we have to handle very carefully, we have to manage very carefully. Today's win, that was great, but we know we have three more and in particularly, one more, this week. And we have to manage that, we have to get ready to go. And we're a young team that today was big for us, but at the same time, today means nothing if we go next week, or you know, next week we don't play well. So it's very important that we have very little room for error and we have to understand that."

On whether they are getting a better sense of how to play without RB Frank Gore:

"Frank Gore is someone that - it's not a matter of coping, it's just a matter of having a guy that you depend on so much, and I think that it was a great idea, a great thought, for our personnel department to see that [RB] Brian Westbrook was out there and go and get him. That was a blessing in disguise, and I think, I'm just thankful that we didn't use Brian very much early on, and let him get acclimated, let him understand what we're doing, the protections, and all those things, and now he has a better sense of you know, what he can do, and we have a better sense for what he can do."       

On how challenging it is to prepare for San Diego in just a few days:

"Well, it's going to be as challenging for us as it is for them. So, thankfully, that's the situation. They played a game, we played a game. However it is, we'll both have the same time."

Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky
Post-Game Quotes - December 12, 2010
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks 

On the play of the defense:

"They did a pretty good job across the board. The front seven, back end - working together. Doing what they've got to do. They did a good job tonight."

On whether he has stressed the value of a strong defense:

"We've been stressing that all season. Score with it, basically. That's what we tell them. We had a couple that we scored, and a couple that we didn't. It was a good turnaround for us."

On the job that S Reggie Smith and S Dashon Goldson did:

"Yes, definitely. Playing a little bit of coverage back on the back end. Staying deep, getting balls caught in front of them. But they were rallying up and making the plays and the tips and the over-throws. That's when you make them, and that's what we did today."

Quarterback Alex Smith
Post-Game Quotes - December 12, 2010
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

On whether he had pent-up energy:

"A little bit, I think early. You know, been a while since you've been hit, since you've had contact. Probably, on the one when I rolled out, I was thinking slide. Obviously, any time you get out of the pocket that's when you're first initiating and you're kind of put in an awkward spot and probably take it, get drilled for no reason. That one sticks out in my mind. But yeah, a little bit of energy."

On whether he was trying to throw a block downfield:

"Tried to! Those are things you always try to do. Keep it out on your fake and if it cuts back, go try to do something. It was a good attempt, but it didn't help much."

On whether he's satisfied with how the team did:

"I thought we did well on offense in the sense that, for the first time, at least since I've been in there - really let the game come to us. Everyone just did their job, and let the plays come to us. The difference, in the sense that - speaking, obviously when I was in there for the first six games - we'd have moments of it,  but the moments where we kind of forced the ball, especially me. Trying to do too much and that's when we'd hurt ourselves. Today, we did a great job. The one that sticks out in my mind is the [RB Brian] Westbrook play. They bring Cover 0. They bring everybody. We make the adjustments, the offensive line makes the adjustments. Brian broke off his route. Make the short throw long run. Let those plays come to us."

On whether that play was an audible:

"No, it was kind of an adjustment that everybody sees on the fly. As they come up and they walked up in the double A Gaps, both safeties down. Everybody can see it. We just had to know and trust each other that we're going to make the adjustments."

On whether the time he spent not playing helped him with his game:

"I don't know about that. I guess I always - as frustrating as it could be to sit out and not play, I'm always determined to try to take something away from it. At this point in my career, I still feel like I have so much ahead of me that I'm not in a place to think I'm anywhere near knowing it all. So, continually trying to observe and learn from everyone around me. The other quarterbacks, Troy [Smith], how he prepared. How he plays. Constantly trying to get better."

On the first two passes being incomplete and whether he heard the boos:

"Oh, no question. I was expecting, home game, knew if some things got bad, obviously, that I was going to be prepared for that mentally. Didn't totally think it was going to happen on the first two plays. A screen. I could have completed it. It would have been a loss of four. And then, throw a little out route to [TE] Vernon [Davis]. Kind of off his hands. Good coverage."

On whether the booing fires him up:

"I think at this point more, yes, it fires me up more than anything. To tell you the truth. Yes."

On why he thinks there are so many swings in the performances of the teams in the NFC West this year:

"I think it's the nature of the NFL, to be honest. Maybe this division more than most, but you look across the NFL, I feel like every week they name a best team in the NFL in both conferences, and then that week that team gets blown out. That's the nature of this game. It's such a long season. It truly is a marathon, and what teams can ride out those ups and downs and keep the best mentality. And, in a sense, that's the type of attitude I try to have as a quarterback. Because, when I look around the league, you look at quarterbacks, no one has it easy. Every guy that has a long career in this game has ups and downs, and it's the guys who can mentally be prepared to deal with those and come back with a good attitude and deal with the stress of the position and stress of the season and still play well, those are the guys who have longevity. Same with teams. Those are the teams that are consistent and do the best. The teams that let that affect them too much carry into the next week and kind of get hung over by it. Those are the teams that struggle."

On whether he has thought about what happens with his career after this season:

"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't there. No question, it's in the back of my head. I know that right now, at the end of this season, yes, the contract is up. But, with that said, I'm determined to stay in the moment, determined just to focus on this one game, not take anything for granted. I was going to go out there and prepare for this game and do everything I could to help this team win, and now, with the short week, I imagine I'll do the same thing."

On whether the team feels that they control their own destiny at this point in regards to playoffs:

"I mean I think you talk about that a little bit, in the sense that, yeah, that's out there, but at the same time, I mean, it's playoff mode right now. I think that's the thing I think that a lot of us try to focus on and tell each other, that you start talking about three games down the line, you're getting ahead of yourself. We're focused on this next game."

On whether this win has a larger meaning for the team:

"I don't know about a larger meaning, I mean, it was a must-win game, we knew that all week. Our backs were up against the wall. Division game, you know, they got after us pretty good in the first game. Coming back down here, a lot of things playing into it, and the thing I felt best about today, I mean, total team win. I mean, everybody, I felt like, just did their job. I mean, across the board. You know, wasn't to say that there weren't mistakes made out there, but everyone leaned on each other. All facets of the game."

On whether he felt comfortable:

"I felt good out there today. I saw things well. You know, every game is different, depending on the defense you face, the matchups that they create for you, you know? All those things play into a game plan. I mean, I did feel good today. I felt like I saw things well and I was patient. I mean, that's the thing that sticks out in my mind. Third down, even in a tough situation, stayed patient, made good decisions. And then the pass, I feel like I'd have stretches of that and then all of a sudden make a bonehead play, you know, really today, I think was able to do that for most of the game."

On when he felt settled in the game:

"I felt it settled in from play one, honestly, I mean I felt good. I probably would have thought I'd have more butterflies or whatever you want to say, but I felt good. I made good decisions. I felt like from play one on, and obviously it's nice to go down and get a score right off the bat, that helps things."

On the play to RB Brian Westbrook:

"No question. I mean, that's your goal, if teams are going to pressure you and play aggressively, you want to be able to make them pay, and you can't always be audible and check out of a play and get into the right look. I mean, sometimes it has to be on the fly, and the offensive line, all the guys on the perimeter seeing it, understanding it, and making adjustments. Brian, both him and I see the same things. Line stepped down, brought the A-gaps, Brian came up the edge, clicking up his route, we hit it. And those are good things to see."    

On whether he is the starting quarterback for the rest of the season:

"You're asking the wrong guy. I'm just, I think at this point, getting ready to play Thursday. I feel good about that."

On whether he is prepared to face questioning from the media and the fans every time he goes out to play: 

"Yeah, I mean it comes with the territory, no question. I think it seems to be a little more fickle here than most, but yeah, you know? But it does. I mean, playing quarterback in the NFL, that's the way it's going to be."

On whether he learned anything watching from the sidelines:

"Like I said earlier, yeah I mean, I definitely tried to observe all the time and learn things. I don't know if I can point out to any one thing, but yeah, just the game in general, when you see it from a different perspective, I think you can see the bigger picture better, you know staying patient, making better decisions, not trying to force the ball. Things like that."

CB Nate Clements
Post-Game Quotes - December 12, 2010
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks 

On how getting one turnover sparks something in the defense to want to get multiple turnovers and keep the momentum in their favor:

"Well, the thing is you can go on a drought but sometimes when they come, they come in bunches, so you have to be prepared. When you get a turnover in, it's contagious, they start to come in bunches."

On whether it was more the better play of the defense or the mistakes of the Seahawks:

"I mean give credit to the defense overall. We all work hand in hand. It might have been pressure, I have to look back on film, but I know the pressure was getting to them. The back end was holding and we were working hand and hand. We played tight coverage and the guys up front were getting after it."

On whether it was fun to see the young guys in there:

"Yeah it definitely was, I mean that's a good thing towards the end of the game. To get the young bucks in and they get a chance to get some game time experience in. I'm excited for them as well to make a play."

On how much do you make it easy for the quarterback when you constantly are causing turnovers and making their offense a non issue:

"Well you know that's our goal on defense is to get 3 and outs, get the offense good field position, and create turnovers. Actually on defense, S Dashon [Goldson] had an interception to the house so that was good, I'm happy for him and excited."

On how big it was for the defense to have a game like this:

"Well we definitely got a chance today to enjoy this one. You know now we have to be consistent and keep it going. Every game you're not going to get the amount of turnovers that we had today, but we just have to play consistent and like I said earlier, when opportunity comes you have to take advantage of it."

TE Vernon Davis
Post-Game Quotes - December 12, 2010
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks 

On how much it makes QB Alex Smith's job easier when the offense is able to get so many yards after the catch:

"It does man, it helps makes his job a lot easier and when Alex is able to go out there and perform and just be himself, he's a totally different guy."

On how big was it for the offense to be able to do the things they did with the ball in their hand after Alex was able to get it to them:

"It feels amazing. I owe all the credit to my teammates. You know without them, none of this stuff is possible. We played together, we played within the system, we believed in it, we made plays when our number was called."

On how big was it for the defense to pick up the offense in terms of having so many turnovers:

"Well they said it all week in practice, they said what they were going to do. They were poised, they were excited about this game, they wanted to win, and they showed it today out on the field."

On what has changed since starting out 0-5:

"Just our chemistry, we're playing together. We are starting to believe and we know how critical it is now when it's right there in front of us, we just have to go get it. Guys are starting to realize that and we're putting it together."

On how well Alex played:

"I think Alex did a great job. You know Alex comes out every weekend and just does a tremendous job handling everything. He's always under pressure, he's always under the microscope and he just manages to come through and I thank God for having a guy like him on the team. You know he'll fight through adversity any day."

On how the team really went after it and whether they really wanted to end it early on:

"We did, but it's all up to the big guy."

On whether Alex seemed different today:

"You know what, actually he did. He came out there and he was just so poised in the pocket, and he just had so much energy and patience."

On whether you saw this different side of Alex in practice:

"I did, I saw it in practice, it started in practice and you know what they always say, ‘you practice how you play'. I take my hat off to Alex today, he came out and he really did a great job for us."

RB Anthony Dixon
Post-Game Quotes - December 12, 2010
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks 

On how important it was to win the turnover battle:

"That's the key to the game. Coach always talks ball security. You know if we win the turnover battle we can win the game, so that's all we were focused on. All through the week you get your technique right so you can hold the ball right and you can play fast."

On how big it was for you and RB Brian Westbrook to get your chemistry right together:

"Oh it was very big. Like I said, it's about rhythm, you know once you get your feet under you, you get the flow of the defense you can make big things happen. Coach allowed us to do that and hopefully more in the future."

On how well QB Alex Smith played:

"Yeah you know he was very vocal in the huddle all week, you know he was saying little things where I was like ‘yeah, I could get behind that,' and you know he just came out there and put it out there on display. I really wasn't surprised because all week he was kind of up tempo and he seemed like he was ready to eat."

S Dashon Goldson
Post-Game Quotes - December 12, 2010
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

On his interception and returning it for a touchdown:

"No better feeling. That was my one, first pick of the year and first touchdown. Just made the play, it feels good."

On what was different about today compared to the rest of the year:

"There was a lot at stake and it was a division game. Coach Sing [Singletary] provided the game plan and let us know it was going to be an easy, fundamental game, not an easy opponent, but easy as a game plan and we needed to be fundamentally sound."

On whether there was something the defense saw in Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck:

"Our front seven did a great job getting pressure and putting hands in his face. The secondary definitely did a good job of covering those guys up. He wanted to snap, catch, throw the ball kind of quarterback and we have to cover them up."

On the short week and facing San Diego on Thursday:

"Definitely go in and look at the film, see who our opponent is and see what they're showing on film. It's a short week, but the thing about our team is we have days off but everybody still comes in and gets better, get in the training room and get their bodies back and watch the film. That's important."

LB Travis LaBoy
Post-Game Quotes - December 12, 2010
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

On whether there was a feeling going into the game that the defense could get to Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck:

"It was one of those situations where in the first game they were able to move the ball well and score a lot of points. We knew we had to get some kind of playmaking plays this week as far as turnovers, hurrying the quarterback, making him uncomfortable back in that pocket. So, we were able to do that and cause four picks and a sack or two. We were able to get after him today."

On his forced fumble and recovery:

"It's never all on your own. The DBs had covers, we had a d-line stunt upfront and they were able to flush him out of the pocket and it allowed me to come over the top and ultimately make the play. Granted I did make the play, but it's a team effort in order for me to do that."

On the team controlling its own destiny at this point:

"Yeah, I think we do. I think we're one game out of first. We're coming up and have to play the Rams coming up here in a week and a half. So, all we can do is focus on the next game and try to keep knocking down the W's. Hopefully we can get some help down the road from other teams losing and rewriting that playoff picture."

WR Josh Morgan
Post-Game Quotes - December 12, 2010
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks 

On whether he knew QB Alex Smith would have been able to turn it around after being booed at the beginning of the game:

"I'm one of the players who doesn't really listen to the crowd because when you listen to the crowd you get caught up and then the game becomes emotional. As an NFL player, you can't play the game emotionally because then there's too many highs and lows with that. You just want to stay consistent. I knew Alex wasn't worried about it because [inaudible]. In the meeting room, those were good plays by Alex. It was either incomplete or throw it in the dirt, so it wasn't a turnover."

On how he thought Alex Smith played:

"Alex did a great job. He got the ball out, he made great decisions. Some of the incompletions were great decisions by him because he was able to get an incomplete pass instead of an interception. I mean, it's just great play. Alex played great all around."

On whether he asked himself if the team could do this all year:

"No, not at all because every game is different. You've got to take every team different. Every game has a different type of flow to it. Every game you've got to call different plays. You just play every game how it comes to you."

S Reggie Smith
Post-Game Quotes - December 12, 2010
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks 

On what he saw on the interception:

"I was just back pedaling you know reading his eyes, and I saw a couple of guys trying to go vertical and I just tried to play in between them. When he let it go, I just tried to go get it."

On how bad you wanted to take it all the way:

"Man, I wanted it. I hit my heel or something, I tripped up and just fell."

On whether getting turnover after turnover is contagious to the team:

"It's about time, it's been long overdue, we needed some turnovers and today was just a good start to it, I hope we can keep it going."

On whether today's play was a result of just stepping up today and making plays:

"I think we just stepped it up. We knew after last week we had to step up as a secondary, as a group. So we stepped up to the plate and made a play."

On how much is it to get turnover after turnover:

"Oh it's fun to see us out there out there laughing a little bit, enjoying ourselves, but we are still playing serious and just playing a good game."

On what you guys can do to carry this momentum going forward:

"Just carry it into practice, keep trying to get picks in practice.  Play hard, for instance we got out hands on a lot of balls in practice this week so even though it's a short week, if we can do that in practice and do the same thing."

RB Brian Westbrook
Post-Game Quotes - December 12, 2010
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

On QB Alex Smith's performance:

"I think he had very good command of the huddle. He went out and played well. He played like a quarterback should; that's all we want from him as a player. Everything that he did today was good. He just has to continue to build on that and really, at this point, we can't even look at this game anymore. We have to look forward to San Diego and get ready to try to get a win up there."

On whether the offensive game plan was tailored more towards him instead of RB Frank Gore:

"I don't know. I mean, I think you just try to take advantage of the players that you have and try to get the ball to the playmakers in the best way you can in space and let them do what they do."

On whether he heard the ‘boos' from the crowd when QB Alex Smith started the game with two incompletions:

"You can hear it. You know, sometimes you're never surprised about what fans think but, you know, at the same time, as a player, you're going to have incompletions. You got to go out there and continue to fight. Alex did a good job [inaudible]."

LB Patrick Willis
Post-Game Quotes - December 12, 2010
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

On what the preparation is like during the short week before the game in San Diego on Thursday:

"The coaches try to look out for us and keep us healthy, but you really have to tune in on your own and get your own film work done, get your own, we just have to tune in mentally."

On how good it felt to be on the winning side of this game, given the final score of 40-21:

"It felt good. Anytime you get a win, you know, it feels good, but today really felt good because I felt like our guys really put it together and our ‘O' scored big. I think that's the first time this year we might have scored 40 points so it was really fitting to see them, you know, execute the way that they did."

On whether there is any certain aspect of San Diego's pass-heavy offense the 49ers will look to stop in the game against the Chargers:

"No. We just, I mean, we have to have the same mindset as we always have and that's stopping the run. You know, stop the run first and make them pass and then we got to play great pass defense. So, they pass the ball really well but they also can run it too as well, so."

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