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Coach Harbaugh reacting even before he is hit by the Gatorade. That is 99 awareness on Madden. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Coach Harbaugh reacting even before he is hit by the Gatorade. That is 99 awareness on Madden. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers defeated the St. Louis Rams 26-0 yesterday, and for those that were not quite aware, they clinched the NFC West for the first time since 2002. It has been a loooooooong exodus through the desert of crappy football, but we have emerged on the other end and are back in the playoffs. Finally.

Although the 49ers struggled in the red zone, they were able to connect on a pair of huge deep balls that blew the game open. The game was there to be blown open thanks in part to another great defensive effort by the 49ers. The Rams couldn't get anything remotely consistent going on offense and the 49ers were able to notch their first shutout of the season.

The 49ers defense is playing at a fairly filthy level right now. They lead the league in fewest points allowed and if the season ended today their points per game allowed would be the best in franchise history. They are giving up 13.4 points per game and the 1976 49ers gave up 13.6 points per game. There are plenty of great stats about how good this defense is, but at the end of the day it comes down to how many points they give up.

While the 2011 San Francisco 49ers are not a perfect football team, they have done some amazing things this season. There are still questions to be answered and there is a ton of work still remaining, but that doesn't mean we can't stop and smell the roses every so often.

There is another big game this coming Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and there will be time to focus on that. However, sometimes it is hard to fully comprehend what this team has accomplished through twelve games this season. While other coaches are likely impressed with what Coach Harbaugh has done, I've got to think other rookie coaches and teams that installed new offenses and/or new defenses are grumbling a bit about the new kid ruining the lockout curve!

The 49ers still face a steep climb if they want to reach the mountaintop in February. But for now, congratulations to your 2011 NFC West champions!

Head past the jump to read through all the reactions following yesterday's game.

Head Coach Jim Harbaugh
Press Conference - December 4, 2011
San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

Where does this day fit into the 49ers landscape as far as accomplishments?

"Landscape? I don't know if I can come up with a landscape analogy for you. It's good. It's a great win. Wanted to see how our team would come back after a tough loss on the road. They responded like mighty men. Thought it was a tremendous performance defensively. A real gem. We can start talking about the guys. [S] Dashon Goldson, thought he played extremely well in the secondary. Everybody else played really well, too. [S] Carlos [Rogers], [S Tarell] T. Brown, [S] Donte Whitner played extremely well. Up front, really good. Really good with [DT] Justin [Smith], [DT] Ray [McDonald], [LB] Aldon [Smith]. Played extremely strong. They pretty much define that, when you talk about strong guys. Was really pleased, really pleased. There's things we did offensively that were really proud of as well. Moved the ball against a very tough defense. Thought [QB] Alex Smith played extremely well. Thought he had one of his best games. The receivers on the outside - Teddy [Ginn], Crab [Michael Crabtree], Kyle Williams, played extremely well in this game. [K] David Akers, I think he set a record for the franchise, so that was outstanding for us. Good team win."

Is there anything you'd like to say about being division champions or would you rather not talk about that?

"It's kind of a ‘celebrate all wins' idea. Somebody asked earlier, ‘What were our plans if we won the division?' (We) kind of lean more toward spontaneous celebration. Spontaneity. The guys are excited about it. They're happy about it. They realize that there's more out there for us. They're already in there talking about that. They want to get everything that's out there, everything that's available, everything that could possibly come their way. We'll keep going. Not Hollywood, but blue collar. That mentality."

You didn't look too thrilled by the Gatorade dump. Were you okay with that?

"I was fine with it. I've got my all-purpose black sweater. Don't even need to change, it just rolls right off this thing. Incredible fabric."

Have you worn the same sweater all year?

"Pretty much, yeah. It's hot, cold, wet. This thing is like iron."

Looking back over the past few months, at what point did you plant the seed in this team's head that they could win the division?

"No, it's been simple, but we've been trying to just get better. So we can get better today than we were yesterday. Better tomorrow than we are today. That's been the mindset of this group."

Do you have a LB Patrick Willis update?

"He had to come out of the game. He had a bit of a hammy. We'll see where that is in the next couple of days."

It sounded like they were celebrating in there. Do you want them to celebrate tonight, maybe even take a little while to enjoy what this was, this accomplishment?

"Like I said, we're here. It's spontaneous. Always talk about that whenever you win a game, it's the six best hours that there is. It's the best six hours that there is when you win a football game."

But this just isn't a game, it's the first playoff spot since 2002.

"Yeah, and if that adds to it, that adds to it. Usually a win is a 10 out of 10 anyway. I don't know how you get to 11 out of 10, but 10 out of 10 is 10 out of 10."

You talked about facing a great defense. In the first half you were reduced to field goals. What did you tell them during halftime to make them come out and the offense just soar like they did?

"Offensively, it was not to get frustrated moving the ball. Just stay patient. We felt like we would make the plays when they were there. Didn't want to get frustrated."

You took several shots downfield. Alex took several shots downfield. How nice was it to finally get the connection with Crabtree?

"That felt really good. It was a great job by Michael running under the ball. Perfect throw from Alex. Great protection. It was just a well executed play. There were others, too. There were some other third downs that we picked up. Did a good job picking up third downs and moving the chains. I think there were a lot of positives. Wasn't perfect, but things to get improvement from."

Defensively, did you notice that the defense kind of rallied around itself, even though Patrick wasn't out there, to go out for the shutout?

"Could be. I didn't notice that specifically. I'm sure that was important to them. They might have been talking about that. This whole week has really been player driven. They knew what this was about. They knew what was at stake this week and what they would be up against. They knew they were going to have to bring their best game against this team and they embraced that."

There are a number of guys in that room that went through a lot of years in frustration here, and now are able to celebrate. Can you get a picture of what it's like for them? How did you convince those guys that went through these years of frustration, that they were guys who could also do this?

"It kind of comes back under why I talk about those guys as mighty men. They've gone through, each year that they've been here, thinking that was going to be the year. This is going to be the year that we go to the playoffs. Then they fight like heck every single week. It's disappointment when you don't make that. It's a whole core group of them. I hate to start saying particular names because you'll leave somebody out. All those guys. All those guys. It feels good for them.That us new guys, us first year guys on the team, could be a part of this and do that for them. This step. This game. Today. For all those strong, mighty men that have been carrying the flag for this many years."

When you say it's not Hollywood, what do you mean by that?

"I don't think that's what our team's about. I don't think it's a Hollywood team. I think it's a blue collar team."

The head linesman, somebody shook his hand after he got you in that little thing with the Gatorade. What were they pretending with you about?

"They weren't fighting. I thought they were coming over to get the red flag. It was at two minutes, they usually come over and tell you how many time outs you have at two minutes and take your red flag out of your pocket. It looked like they were up to something. I could see it in their eyes. That's why I made a quick move to the left. Got hit with a glancing blow."

RB Frank Gore also got the career 49ers record today. you've played in this league, you know how tough it is to get those yards. What are your thoughts about him at this point and that today?

"I hope by now it's well documented how I feel about Frank Gore. I have the utmost respect for him as a person and as a player. It's a powerful thing to set that kind of a record. Congratulations also to David Akers. But Frank in particular. The strength of the man. You start talking about some of the injuries he's had. Injuries that would end the career of a lesser man. Shoulder, knee, hip. What it takes to genetically bounce back from that, mentally to bounce back from that and the physical rehab to bounce back from that. that's all just strength. That's strong will. There's just so many other things, too. Just on a personal level with me, I worry about a lot of things. I think Frank noticed that this week. He came up to me probably half a dozen times and said "coach, we got this" and I believe him. I trusted him."

Do you want to rest anyone? Would you like to rest anyone now that you guys have clinched? The next four weeks you have games that, they matter but they don't matter any playoff positions?

"No, I don't think we're at any position to rest right now. We need all hands on deck. We're going to get everything that's out there for us and we could get. This is a time to build momentum, to improve, and to position ourselves the best way we possibly can. We're really not in that position."

What vibe was Frank giving you to sense you need a pep talk, like coach we've got this? What vibe were you giving to Frank to show you were worried?

"I don't know. I don't know. I really don't know. To me, I don't change. It's just every minute, every hour of the day I'm trying to think of things to make this team great. There's no change in that."

I guess what Janie's asking is do you worry about stuff during the week as the game approaches?

"Everything pretty much. I do."

Kind of like fret about stuff?


Maybe Frank was picking that up.

"Maybe. I'm moody and complicated. I know that. Frank just said "we got this" and I did feel better. Any time when it really becomes the players, when it's the players that are driving it, the players are demanding things. How you practice. How you prepare. Emotionally getting ready. What you do in the meetings. Your disciplined to study. The more that's coming from the players and the less it's coming from the coach, the better off you're going to be. The tighter you're going to be as a team. I sense that in our team. I sense that team coming together like that."

To what degree is the normal coach fretting heightened when you play a team that the public says isn't that good? The Rams record isn't that good. To what degree?

"You look at the coaches, the players on the other side that you're playing and you can pretty much bet every single week that they're going to be good. This was no different. You see how the team plays and that team plays hard. They play all out. They're not going to give you an inch."

QB Alex Smith

Press Conference - December 4, 2011

San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

How about the emotion knowing that you are now in the playoffs?

"Yeah, it's the first step. We talked about it all week. Win the division. This is the first step that we had to do. Obviously, it hasn't been done around here I think in almost a decade. So, we've talked about it since I've been here and it's no different this year. Every team talks about it. Win your division and it's sweet to clinch it especially at home in front of the home fans. You had a great day. Got to see [RB] Frank [Gore] get the record and you clinch the division. So, yeah pretty sweet."

Pretty celebratory in there?

"Yeah absolutely, no question. I think the guys felt really happy. Guys celebrating in there. At the same time though I think all of us understand it's, like I said, just the first step. Still a lot of football ahead of us and got the ticket to the dance, still some other things in front of us still."

What did you see from WR Kyle Williams and that touchdown, he had and WR Michael Crabtree, the plays that they made for you today?

"Yeah, the guys outside are playing at a really high level, all three of those guys. Crabtree's been playing that way now I think for quite a few weeks. He's getting a lot of attention because of it. And those guys, [WR] Ted [Ginn Jr.] and Kyle are really stepping up. Ted played really well today. Kyle, we got pressure away, we hit that, knew he was going to get him in space, and certainly didn't expect him to house-call it, but he slipped inside, broke a tackle and that was it. And then Crabtree, great play on the deep ball. Just tracking it down and making the catch."

How did you feel just about the overall play on the offense, where you're at right now?

"Yeah, doing some good things. Had our struggles in the red zone. The game shouldn't even have been that close at halftime. I really felt like we could have done some better things to finish in the red zone. That's what stands out to me, we can always get better on third down. Had the production and then finally capitalized on it in the second half, but we let them hang around too long."

The things you and this whole team have been through for years, what's it like to leave the field with the stadium going crazy knowing there are games left to play, games in January?

"Yeah absolutely, it feels great. It's what you work for. This team is so committed, so committed, as a group, coaches and players included in that. Everybody puts in so much time, takes so much pride in what we do and how we do it. The group in there has earned it. This isn't any fluke or anything like that. It's earned, every one of these victories and now we earned the division title."

You made a tough decision, or it must have been a difficult decision to come back to this team at some point, does what you accomplished today make you all the more happy about the decision to stay?

"Yeah, loving where we're at right now. Like I said though, there's so much football ahead of us. When it's all done I'll be able to reflect on it a little bit. Right now, just loving the guys in the locker room, having a great time right now."

Alex, what did you and Coach Harbaugh say after he got dumped by the Gatorade?

"I was joking with him about-I mean the guy's so competitive he jukes the Gatorade dump. It like barely touched him. And I was giving him a hard time about that sweatshirt he always wears. It was like a shammy. The water didn't even stick to it. It rolled off. But happy for him, he's a guy that always shuns the praise and obviously it all starts with him, really coming in here and deserves obviously kind of the credit."

You said he shuns the praise, but he very much embraced the idea that you celebrate this too?

"Yeah absolutely, yeah we're not shying away from this. It's no question, this is a milestone to get the division win, and we're going to celebrate this today and tonight. And you know you have that window. That window where we're going to enjoy it tonight and tomorrow morning, and then we'll start to get ready for Arizona."

Is that what you thought of how he would handle it, or how did you think he was going to handle this?

"Yeah, that's what I kind of expected, no question. We talked about it all week. It's a hat and T-shirt game. Had those sitting in there when we got in, and no question that he was going to leave it up to us. Let us celebrate how we wanted to celebrate, and guys are loving it. Guys have such a good time. The guys enjoy, everybody in that locker room enjoys being around each other and coming to work every day, and that's what makes it so fun."

Alex, you'd missed, the deep pass to Ted last week and it was called back, then the pass to TE Vernon Davis, you've been taking shots down the field and haven't worked out, how satisfying was it to get one to Crabtree?

"Yeah, nice to finally hit the one to Michael and then obviously to have Kyle take that one all the way, no question. Yeah, but we're leaving some stuff out there for sure. Especially that first half in the red zone as well. We missed the long ball to Vernon and then left some opportunities there in the red zone and really need to capitalize on them."

Is there more concerted effort just to take shots down the field?

"It's always been there. It's always something we've talked about and tried to do. It's just a matter of getting the opportunities, getting the call vs. the right looks. That also has to go with shots. A lot of times there's a shot called, but if they aren't in the right defense I'm checking the ball down, or getting to something underneath. So, it all goes into that. But today was one of those days we were getting the looks and the way we were running the ball obviously presents problems and gave us some opportunities down the field to make plays."

I know you don't like to make comparisons, but have you ever had a game where you felt so in control of the offense and so accurate?

"Yeah, I felt really good out there today. I was seeing everything really well. We had some good stuff in the pass game, and I just feel really good with our group. Every week we just continue to work and work and work. And those guys outside they just put in so much time, receivers, tight ends, backs, all those skill position, especially in the pass game, just put in so much time. And I think it's just one of those things you just continue to take steps every week. So, no question I felt really good out there, I think everybody included, but especially me."

LB NaVorro Bowman

Post-Game Quotes - December 4, 2011

San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

Can you speak about how the linebacking crew really stepped it up today with LB Patrick Willis' absence?

"We know that if anyone goes down, the next guy has to step up. It was a shocker, but [LB] Larry [Grant], he's been working so hard in practice, he did a great job in stepping up. My hat goes off to him."

How long are you going to enjoy this before you go back to work?

"Just for a couple of hours. We've still got a lot more football left to play, but we're definitely going to enjoy this win and celebrate it because it's been a long time coming for us."

NaVorro, when Patrick was off the field, do you kind of forget about that as you get wrapped up in the action or does it feel strange out there without you're leader?

"It's tough because you get used to playing with someone and the chemistry of things like that, but this is football. Anything can happen at any given time and the next guy has to be ready. In practice that's why we rotate all three of us, all four of us as a linebacking group. We try to get a good amount of reps because you never know what's going to happen. Once the game got going on, me and Larry got on the same page and we just did a great job with continuing to stop them."

How has Larry been working in practice, keeping his mind in the game eventhough he's not getting any reps?

"He's a veteran. He's been in the league for good amount of years and he knows how to carry himself and still be around it and being prepared. My hat goes off to him with just understanding and being ready when his name was called."

Was he wearing the dot to communicate with the sidelines?


How does it feel to get your first shutout of the year?

"It's huge. We really wanted to get this win and for us to get a shutout, that just put the icing on the cake for us. Like I said, we're not going to celebrate too much because there's still a lot more football left to play, but we're definitely going to enjoy it."

CB Tarell Brown

Post-Game Quotes - December 4, 2011

San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

How do you feel?

"It feels good. All the hard work we put in, the offseason we had with the lockout, it definitely feels good. We got to keep it going."

This is the first time you have been to the playoffs in your career. Can you tell me how much this means?

"It means so much to the organization in general. We haven't been to the playoff in a while. To lead the division says so much about the commitment, what the players and the coaches have put in around here and the extra hours we put in. It's really been paying off. "

Is this goal number one from the beginning of the season and what's it like to accomplish that?

"Yeah, I think it was goal number one, but we still have more goals to achieve. We still have to keep working. There's still room for improvement and all the guys are really paying attention to detail. At the end of the day, as long as you are doing it, the sky is the limit for this team."

WR Michael Crabtree

Post-Game Quotes - December 4, 2011

San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

You guys seemed to be making a concerted effort to throw the ball deep today.

"We're just doing our job. Coach [Jim Harbaugh] is calling plays up and we're just going out there trying to execute them."

Going to the playoffs. Has it sunk in yet?

"It'll probably sink in when I get home. I've never been in the playoffs. It's something new for me. I can't wait. It means a lot to us to get to the playoffs, especially being a 49er."

Can you take us through that touchdown play? Was it a straight post?

"I had to do a stutter move. They just played outside of me. I tried to get them off the ball and time my route and give them a little something. I just had to go get the ball. [QB] Alex [Smith] made a great throw and I ran up right under it."

Did you guys talk about that play at halftime?

"That's something you practice. I knew they would call it, but you never know when. We practice it every week. It's nothing new."

Mike, you weren't on the injury report this week. Are you fully healthy?

"This is the first time I'm 100 percent. It's crazy. I feel good though."

T Anthony Davis

Post-Game Quotes - December 4, 2011

San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

Do you guys feel like there is still a lot left on the table? Is there still a lot to go?

"Yeah. This is good. If it's there for us to win it, we want to win it. So this is a good start to keep going from."

[RB] Frank Gore passed [RB] Joe Perry as the 49ers all-time rushing leader. Is it nice to feel like you're a part of that accomplishment?

"Yeah, that's big time. It feels good to be a little part of that. Frank has been good here. So we played a little part in that but it's just an honor to be a part of it."

TE Vernon Davis

Post-Game Quotes - December 4, 2011

San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

What does it mean to make the playoffs after so long?

"It means a lot. Ever since I've been here, we've been struggling. We really haven't had a chance to have some success. It's starting to come together. As you can see, we just clinched the division. It just feels good. All of the hard work we put in is paying off. We can't be complacent. We have to keep going."

You've been one of the more demonstrative guys around here. Is this trickling down?

"Everybody's into it. They want to win. They see what's in front of us. What we have is a lot of guys eager to win. They want to make it to the championship. It's something we've been wanting for a long time."

You have to be as eager as any of them.

"I am. Always. This is what I do. The reason I'm here is because of what I'm able to bring to the game. It means a lot to me."

What was the scene like in the locker room afterwards?

"Everybody was excited. I've never seen so much excitement since I've been here. Guys can't wait to get into the playoffs. But we still have to focus on the games in front of us. We want to come out of this thing with as many wins as we possibly can."

Can you give us some more details about the locker room afterwards?

"Dancing, laughing and having fun. It was all of those things."

S Dashon Goldson

Post-Game Quotes - December 4, 2011

San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

Can you talk about the impact [Coach] Jim Harbaugh and the coaching staff have had on this team?

"They're doing a good job. They're pretty smart guys. They know what they're doing. The play calling has been efficient and they have the players to go with the coaching staff."

How were you guys able to hold up on defense, especially when [LB] Patrick Willis went out in the first quarter?

"He's a leader on our football team. When he goes down, we've got other guys on this football team who come in and play just as well. We have no weak links on this team. [LB] Larry [Grant] came in and did a great job for us."

How excited are you to have a home playoff game?

"I'm excited. It's always good to play on your home turf. The fans have been supporting us all year. We still have some unfinished business."

RB Frank Gore

Press Conference - December 4, 2011

San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

Frank you said at the beginning of the season that you would love to be the team's rushing leader but your top priority would be making the playoffs, is this sort of a double dose of celebration for you?

"Yes it feels great. It is a blessing. I first have to say thanks to the man up above for letting me do something that I love to do and to have my name being mentioned with some of the guys who were here before me. I also have to give a shout out to all of my o-linemen that have helped me get this record. The ones who are here now and the ones who were here before. All of the coaches. It is just a blessing and I am happy. The main thing that I am happy about is that I get the opportunity to play in the post season."

Did you sense that your head coach was a little worried during the course of the week?

"He was alright."

You had mentioned that he had come up to you a couple times and said hey we got this?

"Yes, it was alright. I just had to let him know that we were going to take care of it. This was something that we as a team really wanted. It has been the same group of guys that have been here for a while and since we have been here that has been our goal. This year has been a great opportunity to get it and we don't want to let it get away."

What has led you guys to be at the status that you are now?

"I would just say that we are one. As a team, we have a great coaching staff, we are all working as one. We have great leaders and the leaders are doing a great job with us. We are just taking advantage of it."

What did you do with the flag?

"I brought it into the locker room. Like I said, it is a blessing. It is my first time ever, since I have been here. There has been some tough years here and now to get the opportunity to go to the postseason and to get it early, that is a blessing."

What made you bring the flag to the locker room?

"I was just having fun. I am just happy."

Did you here from anyone or get a message from anyone [breaking the record]?

"[RB] Roger [Craig], texted me and said that I deserve it and to keep going. He is happy that I will get the chance to get to the playoffs for the first time. He said that he wishes the best for me."

Frank in training camp you could have just played out the rest of the season and gone somewhere else, why was it important for you after having a lot of frustration through the years to stay here?

"This is where I want to be. I have great guys who I am very close with and I knew that we had the team to do what we are doing now. With coach [Jim] Harbaugh and his coaching staff coming in and talking to me, and knowing that all the things that he was telling me, I knew we would have a good team. I just want to be here, this is the team that drafted me, I have had a lot of success here and I just want to be here."

Did you watch a lot of the playoff games over the past four or five years?

"Yes I did, especially the year when Arizona went to the Super Bowl. When you see that, that lets you know that anything can happen in the postseason. When you see us go against Arizona that year the games were neck in neck. It is just all about perfect timing. That year when they went to the Super Bowl their team clicked at the right time. I think as a team and a coaching staff, we still have a lot to go on to get done. That is a great thing for us. We are 10-2 but as an offense, I still think that we have a lot to work on to improve. I just hope that, like that Arizona team we just click at the right time, close to the playoffs and make that run."

Were you conscience at all that you were on the verge of breaking the record?

"Yes. You all here, the reporters here would not let me forget that."

LB Larry Grant

Post-Game Quotes - December 4, 2011

San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

This is a big step for you guys [winning the NFC West Division title].

"It's been awhile since San Francisco has been in this position. We just appreciate it and will continue to work hard from here on out."

Was it fun out there today?

"It was a lot of fun. It's even better now being in the locker room with these guys."

Have you ever been in a situation like this?

"Not in the league. I was blessed in college to play in a couple of national championship games, but this is another story. We're excited for the challenge and we're going to step up and do our best."

Your performance today was phenomenal. What are your feelings?

"It's a great feeling. The one thing about Pat [LB Patrick Willis] is he's the heart and soul of our defense. We wish him the best of luck and hopefully he'll be back for us as early as Wednesday when we get back to practice. Hopefully, he heals fast. He's our guy."

Does it mean more to you playing for the 49ers and having grown up in San Francisco?

"Of course. Growing up in Hunter's Point and as a 49ers fan, it was a bad thing that I had to leave. But I'm just happy to be back and I'm blessed. It couldn't be better than to be NFC West champs and going to the playoffs."

FB Bruce Miller
Post-Game Quotes - December 4, 2011
San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

What was his attitude [RB Frank Gore] during the game?

"I actually went up to him after he had passed it and I tried to congratulate him. But he was like, ‘Forget that. Let's get the win.' That's the kind of guy Frank is. He's a team guy and all he wanted was to win the game and clinch the division. The rushing record came second."

How happy are you for the veterans? They've put so much work in to get to this point and here you are in your first year and in the playoffs.

"Before the game, we talked about doing it for the guys who've been here and through the tougher times as a 49er. For us to be here as first-year guys, coach [Jim Harbaugh] and the first-year players and rookies included, that's something we wanted to do for them. We really wanted to go out there and play for those guys."

LB Aldon Smith
Post-Game Quotes - December 4, 2011
San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

What about that celebration where you just sat down [after sack of Rams QB A.J. Feeley in third quarter]?

"I was just running home and sitting down. Just like running home from school. That was a hard sprint."

How about getting that first shutout of the year in the game that clinches a playoff berth?

"It was big. It sends a message to our opponents. We're letting them know we're serious, we work hard and when we come out to play, we're ready."

DT Isaac Sopoaga
Post-Game Quotes - December 4, 2011
San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

About the game how it feels.

"It goes to show who we are. Also to our whole coaching staff and the rest of our San Francisco 49ers family for being at one spirit and one heart. It's so amazing and ridiculous. I can't even explain this joy and spirit I have."

All year you guys have been on the verge of a shutout. How does it feel?

"I don't know, we won. It's just one game and then we have four more to go. One game at a time."

WR Kyle Williams
Post-Game Quotes - December 4, 2011
San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

How does it feel to know for sure that you guys have clinched a playoff spot by winning the division today?

"It feels good, but again, it's just another step though. We have to keep it going and we've got to keep moving on into the playoffs and we've got to do something in the playoffs. It doesn't end here. This isn't the end-all, be-all. This isn't extreme jubilation. We're happy, we're celebrating, but in the same breath we've got to keep it moving."

How did it feel to contribute with a touchdown after the first half?

"Great, just because we were getting down there and we weren't capitalizing. As an offense, whenever you get in the red zone and you have the opportunities that we had, you want to capitalize on them. We weren't able to do that early, to be able to get that done it the end, it was huge."

You guys had a trying offseason. Obviously the goal is to win the division. Now that you've got it, is it exactly what you imagined it to be?

"You're a little happier just because it's actually here, you actually got it done. Like I said, it's cool to get it done but in the same breath we have to keep it going. We've got to keep moving and take care of business from here on out."