From the locker room

What the 49ers and Falcons were saying Sunday after Atlanta's 21-19 victory in the season opener at Candlestick Park:

"It's tough. It leaves a sour taste in your mouth. But at the same time, it shows our resilience and how tough we are as a team that we can stick together and come back from any amount of points where no one gave us a chance. A lot of guys could have folded, put down the camp and went home. But we stuck in there, came back and left it on the field." -- 49ers receiver Brandon Lloyd.

"I think we played aggressive and we just need to look at the film and correct the things that went wrong. The credit goes to Willy Robinson. I like him as a defensive coordinator. He did a good job of calling plays and sticking to the script of the game plan. He didn't get flustered. We got a lot of talent on this team and we showcased a lot of it." -- 49ers linebacker Julian Peterson

"I'm really proud of our team. Any time you go on the road and you get a victory, no matter how tough it is, it's a great, great accomplishment. To come here to San Francisco and beat what I think is a very polished football in the 49ers is a great thing for our team. It was a gut grinder. My dad used to say they're all dog fights in this league and that was a dog fight. Fortunately, we had some dogs in the locker room today." -- Falcons coach Jim Mora

"It's very disappointing. We had our chances, we had our opportunities and we just didn't take advantage of them. We have to play better. That's what it comes down to. In this league, it's very hard to win ball games and we have to put it together for all four quarters." -- 49ers cornerback Ahmed Plummer

"It was sweet for (Greg) Knapp, it was sweet for Jim (Mora). It was sweet for this team having not won here in the last 10 years. This is big." -- Falcons quarterback Michael Vick

"I'm not discouraged, and you all don't get discouraged now, either. Because It's going to be a fun year. It's going to be exciting to watch, to see us play, to see us grow as a team. Every week. It's a new era, you know. We have Tim rattay. We're not discouraged. We know we can play. We're going to go out and give it our all week in and week out. I'm not going to let this bring me down or hold me down. I'll be back." -- 49ers running back Kevan Barlow

"A lot can be taken (from this loss). We're going to go in there and study this. Obviously, their big plays went against us. But we made plays too, and we came back and showed courage as a team. We made a statement about what kind of team this is. We're not going to back down." -- 49ers tight end Eric Johnson

"I was trying to make a play and my groin just gave out on me. It's something that has happened before and I came back from it pretty quick. So, I'm just going to rest it right now and see what they say. I've had chronic groing problems since college. This was the second time it just went out on me. It's something I know that I can treat and it will be well soon." -- 49ers cornerback Mike Rumph, doubtful for next week's game against New Orleans with a pulled right groin muscle

"It was real emotional for me coming back against the team that I had been playing with for years. It's always good to win, but this was special. It was like playing against my brothers. I have a lot of friends over there on the other side, so this was special." -- Falcons cornerback Jason Webster

"They got a lot of pressure on us, and we didn't protect well. We need to get more consistent in all areas on offense. They must get better and better on defense, too. It seems like we did a good job on Michael Vick. I thought they handled him well. The defense did an OK job and I liked the way we fought back." -- 49ers coach Dennis Erickson

"Eighty-five yards? Man, it felt like it was 150 yards. I was running out of gas at the end. But the big thing was, stopping a potential TD drive of theirs and then scoring one of our own. That made a huge difference. I was a point guard in basketball, so I guess I get an assist on that TD." -- Falcons cornerback Aaron Beasley, on his 85-yard interception return

"It was tough. We didn't win the football game, but it showed the character of our team. We didn't give up. We fought back, and that is something to build on. This is the first game of the season, and we're just going to go back to practice and put everything together. It's tough to take a tough loss when you know you gave your all and you didn't win the football game. It happens like that." -- 49ers receiver Cedrick Wilson

"What I have taken away from this game was that we are going to be a good team. Based on the fact that we never gave up and we kept fighting. I'm proud of our team. We are going to surprise some people this year." -- 49ers linebacker Jeff Ulbrich


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