From the locker room

What the 49ers and Seahawks were saying Sunday after Seattle's 42-27 victory at Monster Park:

"It's a disappointing loss for us. I thought we came in with a lot of emotion and played as hard as we could play for the first time in a while. The problem is not our effort. It's hard when you give up big plays and can't come up with the big plays when you need them. We're getting beat and giving up big plays and we can't keep doing that. It's very frustrating for all of us. It's very frustrating for me. We all want to win. It's not fun for anyone right now." – 49ers coach Dennis Erickson

"I was moving a little bit more, so it was harder to pick me up. It was a little bit harder to know who was covering me because I was in motion the whole time. We did make a point that we could show that we could be more aggressive. I thought we responded well. The first half went really well. I think we came out real forceful. I thought we were going to win, but there were many variables involved." – Tight end Eric Johnson, who led the 49ers with five receptions for 54 yards.

"It was fun coming back here to Monster Park. When I pulled up, it hit me that I was coming home and it's always good to come back. The crowd cheered for me and they made me feel at home. I look at (the Niners) and they have a lot of fight in them. They are a young team and an up-and-coming team. We were fortunate to win the game today." --- Seahawks receiver Jerry Rice

"Personally, I didn't do what I had to do to win this game. We gave up 42 points defensively. I don't think we did enough to win this game, so it's truly a disappointment." – 49ers linebacker Jeff Ulbrich

"We have a very simplified offense, but we have enough talent to really make things simple and still make great plays." – Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander.

"Every win is special because it's tough in this league, especially on the road. I feel good about what happened. It was a wild one, but we got the win and we feel good. Shaun Alexander is running the ball well. I'm staying with plays just a little longer. If it doesn't work the first time, I might try it one or two more times. Right now, we have a pretty good feeling going on offense." – Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren

"It was one of our better days moving the ball. We just have to put more points on the scoreboard. That's the kind of game this was. The bottom line was we didn't put enough points up." – 49ers quarterback Tim Rattay

"We continued to fight out there, but for some reason we kept shooting ourselves in the foot. It was great to get a good start like we did today, but it is just unfortunate that we couldn't sustain that throughout the course of the game. I mean, you definitely have to give (Seattle) credit the way they played as well." – 49ers defensive tackle Bryant Young

"They were able to make a few big plays against us. You can't take anything away from San Francisco. Sure, they're in the rebuilding process because they've lost a lot of talent. Guys like (Terrell Owens) and Jeff Garcia. They're very hard to replace, but I think San Francisco is on the right track, although you might not see that from their record. They've got a lot of young talent. Once they fill a few weak spots, they're going to be a team to be reckoned with. You watch and see." – Seahawks linebacker Anthony Simmons

"I think we wanted to go out and make a statement. The record indicates that we're not good, but we had to go out there and get physical with them and show them we're not pushovers. It was real frustrating because I felt like in the first half we were really playing good football. You know they knew they were in for a ball game. They came out the second half, made some adjustments and they just ran away with it." – 49ers receiver Curtis Conway


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