From the locker room

What the 49ers and Panthers were saying late Sunday afternoon after Carolina's 37-27 victory at San Francisco's Monster Park:

"We just didn't play as well as we needed to play to win. They came out in the second half and they made the plays and we didn't. We were in position to make several of the plays that were made out there. We just didn't make the plays. That game kind of put a stake in us but we just have to bounce back. But we're not going to quit. We're not going to get down on ourselves. We'll look at the film, make corrections and come back and work harder." --- 49ers linebacker Jamie Winborn

"I had a heart-to-heart with (his players at halftime) and told them that what I saw was not what I expected. We were much more aggressive in the second half. I am real proud of their effort. Tough times don't last in this league. The tough people do. It has been a tough year for all of us. There are no easy wins in this league." --- Panthers coach John Fox

"It is very frustrating we didn't put the game away and didn't get the win. Winning is the most important thing right now – not individual stats or goals. (On being replaced in fourth quarter by Maurice Hicks): That's the coach's decision, that's what he wanted to do. I'm not in his mind, he makes his own calls. If he wants to keep Maurice in there, I can't disagree. I was very frustrated. I feel like I'm the starting running back, I'm the guy the team should depend on. I wanted to be out there helping this team win the game." --- 49ers running back Kevan Barlow

"We knew the situation (at halftime) and we just went out and got it. We felt that as a defense, we had to make plays to set up our offense. We've had a lot of injuries but that isn't an excuse. They guys who are out there have to make the plays. Today, we did. We were able to force some turnovers and that proved to be the key." --- Panthers linebacker Will Witherspoon

"It was a tale of two halves. We came out the first half and played extremely well. We ran the football, kept the football and tried to keep our defense off of the field. Then we came out in the second half, knocked the ball out and didn't get anything out of it. Then it became a game of turnovers and not being able to stop them." --- 49ers coach Dennis Erickson

"We didn't do too much, especially offensively in the first half. We just never got it going. We didn't do anything. I think what set the tone was when we came out and fumbled the opening kickoff, but the defense came up with the great stop right there. That was big. We just started making plays. We thought we could do some things in the passing game. It was a little different in the huddle at times, with so many new guys coming in. But the guys communicated well and I thought that was the biggest thing. The O-line really did a good job of giving us time to make plays downfield and I just can't say enough about the receivers. It's hard to win in this league. We just had to somehow find a way. So it's nice when we're able to find a way to win." --- Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme

"Early on, we just didn't take advantage of the good field position we had on certain spots. Like at the end of the first half and the opening of the second half. I think we definitely could have had a bigger lead. For whatever reason, we kind of let them hang around, and then the turnovers hurt us late. It's frustrating, because we just didn't capitalize on the some of the opportunities we got, and in the second half, the turnovers stopped us." --- 49ers quarterback Tim Rattay

"We knew they were undermanned in the secondary. We knew we could beat their man-to-man coverage. On the big plays we had, they were playing us man-to-man. I'm just proud of these guys. We just have a resilient team. We don't stop fighting. We've come up short the past few weeks but today we pulled it out. This game proves we can play and win games." --- Panthers receiver Muhsin Muhammad

"Yeah, winning a game against my old team … this is huge. You just want to go out there and do well. I didn't feel any extra pressure, but let's just say I was highly motivated." --- Panthers defensive tackle Brentson Buckner, a former 49er

"This game will make you laugh, and it will make you cry real quick," --- 49ers safety Tony Parrish