From the locker room

What the 49ers and Seahawks were saying Sunday afternoon after Seattle pulled out a 27-25 victory over San Francisco at Monster Park:

"I certainly don't want to make light of the loss, as was the case in the locker room. Most of the guys feel bad about it, but I do want to say that it is evident to me that this football team is going in the right direction. The way they fought through adversity today and played extremely hard, I was very pleased with that, but again, we are about winning and that is what we are going to continue to strive to do. Certainly today with the adversity, responding to it, staying in the game, playing a very good football very closely and unfortunately coming up short in the end, we had much accomplishment. On some specific plays where we make some mistakes, it costs us, yet we come right back and fight back and do an outstanding job. I feel very good about the progress we're making. But we are disappointed in the loss because, again, we are about winning and that's what we're striving for." --- 49ers coach Mike Nolan

"As much as we love Joe Nedney, we don't want to have another field goal. We want to have him kicking extra points. It's always good to put six up on the board. That's what is going to keep us in games," --- 49ers receiver Brandon Lloyd

"Give them credit, they played hard all day. I knew they were going to have energy on ‘Steve Young Day.' They fought hard all the way and made it close at the end. They're going to be a good team. They've got good coaching and a lot of good players on defense. They have a very good front seven and they have some young players who weren't in there early in the season, but are now making contributions. That should pay off for them eventually. We never felt we had the game won until the very end. I'm just happy to get out of here with a win." --- Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck

"In football, you don't have more victories. I think those are in everything but sports, especially football. At the same time, I'm proud of our team. We have so many new faces, and every week we're going in and fighting. (Scoring touchdowns) was for confidence and believing in ourselves. Sometimes when you get down, you wonder if you're good enough and get those questions in your head. We were hanging in there with a great team, and hopefully we an build on it." --- 49ers receiver Johnnie Morton

"Their defense changed things up on us. They were in places that we didn't expect sometimes. They did a good job forcing us to do different things. Their X's and O's were very good. They put us in some tough situations. By far, this had to be the best game they've played all season, at least defensively. We're just happy to get out of here with a win. We believe in each other. Guys are pulling for one another. Guys on offense are cheering for defense and guys on defense are cheering for our offense. When we're pulling together and playing well, the sky's the limit for us." --- Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander

"It sucks any time you lose. It's frustrating because the offense was moving that ball in the second half and our defense was solid in the fourth quarter. The first half was chaotic defensively. They were playing a cat-and-mouse game with us with their personnel." --- 49ers linebacker Derek Smith

"I did some good things and I did some bad things. Starting at quarterback is a learning curve for me and I still have a lot to learn. I definitely missed some things on the field and in the red zone throughout the game. On the other hand, we did some good things out there, and I'm excited where this team is headed. I'm so proud to be a part of this right now. The offensive line did a tremendous job throughout the game, the wide receivers did a great job today, and the defense got the offense the ball. I really feel like good things are going to happen for us now." --- 49ers quarterback Ken Dorsey

"These guys have played tough at home all year. We came in knowing it was going to be a dogfight. We had some opportunities to put them away early and we failed to do that, but the bottom line is we came out with a win. These are the games that help build confidence, but also you look back at them later on down the line and they're the reason why you have home-field advantage or a first-round bye in the playoffs, because you win these close games." --- Seahawks defensive end Grant Wistrom

"I thought we played well. I thought we played solid enough to win. We shot ourselves in the foot sometimes and the times they scored, they shouldn't have scored. Again, it's the same old story. We shoot ourselves in the foot and put ourselves in a hole and therefore we gotta come back." --- 49ers safety Mike Adams

"I want to give the 49ers credit. Offensively, in particular, Dorsey did a nice job coming in and throwing the ball, and they made some very remarkable catches. It was one of those games. I was proud at how we held them on that last two-point play. Everyone was talking about the game during the week, saying what a lopsided game it could be. It was important for us to win a game like this, a division game on the road. I think we're in the growing stages, but a win's a win." --- Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren

"(Red-zone efficiency) has been a problem all year. I hope we now have that monkey off our back. We scored a few touchdowns late and we haven't been able to do that all year. Hopefully, we turned the corner today." --- 49ers center Jeremy Newberry


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