From the locker room
"Point blank, we lost. I'm not happy about that. We lost, a good friend of mine, Frank Gore, went down, and we lost. There was nothing good about the game. We've got to fight harder. There's nothing positive about a loss. There are some positives, you learn what to work on, you played hard, but, we get paid to win. We don't get paid to work hard. Working hard is part of our job. We don't get paid to work hard or understand the game. We get paid to win." --- 49ers running back Michael Robinson "I was very proud of the team for the attitude that they brought here to San Francisco. They are a good young football team and very aggressive. Mike has done a heck of a job with this crew and the sky is the limit for them here in the future. It was good to see the offense and defense both start fast and finish the game. We would have like to have held them out of the end zone at the end but they did a good job there. Things we need to work on: we need to eliminate some of the penalties that put us in bad situations and we need to make sure we take care of that." --- Eagles coach Andy Reid "I said at the beginning of the week that I thought this game had the possibility of being a statement game. What I meant by that is that I thought with a victory today, we could become a team with an expectation to win as opposed to a hope to win. Certainly, today we didn't play well enough to win the game. We made far too many errors in the game to overcome, both offensively and defensively. Turning the ball over inside the five doesn't help you any. There were far too many mental mistakes." --- 49ers coach Mike Nolan "The 49ers have a young, very athletic team and they're very aggressive. It was a situation where they flowed over the top and the offensive line did a great job of blocking off the back side and clearing everybody up on the front side. It was one-on-one with the safety - Delaware against Villanova (laughs) and I tried to take advantage of it. With the stiff arm, you want to get your opponent off balance with a move before you use the stiff arm. Once he's off balance, you're able to get a good chip on him. It worked out for me." --- Eagles running back Brian Westbrook, on his 71-yard touchdown run "We played a good team out there today with a really good defense. We got down early and made some internal mistakes. We need to continue to look at ourselves and learn from this loss and get better. We did get down early this year which is a similarity (to last year's game at Philadelphia. I definitely think there are a lot more differences than similarities. Look at the offensive production we had today vs. last year. Look at our attitudes, our character, and not giving up today; all these things show that we played a lot differently today than last year." --- 49ers quarterback Alex Smith "I put my helmet on the ball and saw the ball come loose. For a moment it seemed like everybody did (stop) on the play, then I saw Mike (Patterson) pick it up and run. That was huge. It changed the momentum of the game. We were able to put seven points on the board while ending their threat." --- Eagles safety Brian Dawkins on his forced fumble that led to Mike Patterson's 98-yard touchdown return "They made more plays than we did today. I think we shot ourselves in the foot by allowing them to stay on the field. If we would have had more stops in the first half, we could have made it more of a ball game and possibly won in the end. I'm pretty biased because everything that I do, I think I could have done better. I felt that it was on the defense, and we should have made more plays than we did." --- 49ers defensive tackle Anthony Adams "They're definitely a better team than last year. They're beginning to trust Alex Smith. He's doing a better job of going through his progressions. He's very capable of making big plays and he showed that today. They're going to be a very good team." --- Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb "It was a play we were working on all week and we decided it was going to be the first play we were going to run. The safeties were real aggressive so we set them up with a flea flicker and it worked. I tricked them and became wide open but I wished I didn't slip." --- Eagles receiver Reggie Brown regarding his 50-yard reception on the game's first play from scrimmage. "Alex (Smith) did a good job finding me today. Obviously, Vernon (Davis) went down, which is too bad. I don't know how long he's going to be out. I stepped up, but unfortunately, we just couldn't get it back. I was just running around and doing my route, and finding the open hole in the zone. There was lots of zone today, and Alex did a good job of looking me up. They brought a lot of blitzes, maybe some more complicated blitzes than we're used to. We really just have to come out better in the first half, come out aggressive and do what we always do, and we would have been fine." --- 49ers tight end Eric Johnson "It felt great. I had the chance to be with family and friends. I got down to Gilroy (hometown) yesterday for my niece's birthday and got the chance to hang out with family. It was great to spend time with my mom, dad and fiancée. In a lot of ways, it was very refreshing to be back here. The last couple of years have been very difficult and it started to wear on me. Being in Philadelphia is good for me, I'm part of a winning organization. We have a coaching staff that puts us in a position to win. I'm getting more comfortable with my role here. I stay prepared because I know that I'm just one play away from having to go back out there. I accept my role and am still working hard; I'm not going to let up. It does feel strange being back here but it's great to see family and friends around me here. I really didn't want it to end that way (in San Francisco), but they were in transition. They were letting go of a lot veteran players and starting over. So it became apparent to me that it was time to move on. I have no regrets about that." Eagles backup quarterback Jeff Garcia, who went to three Pro Bowls with the 49ers during his stint as San Francisco's starter from 1999-2003 "I think we played pretty well. We got after the quarterback. There were some things that I think we gave up. We played a good team today. But, I guarantee you saw the same thing that I saw: We helped them win that game today." --- 49ers cornerback Shawntae Spencer
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