They said it: 49ers players on win vs. Cards

The 49ers talk about their wild 20-17 comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Monday's season opener, with comments here from game heroes Arnaz Battle and Alex Smith along with Frank Gore, Manny Lawson, Walt Harris and Patrick Willis.


WR ARNAZ BATTLE
On the game-winning play:
"Coach just called on me to make a play and I was able to do it. The most important part is getting the victory and winning the game. It was a collective effort in this win."
On the offense: "We were up and down throughout the game, but coach just kept on telling us to keep working and keep trying to move forward. I have confidence in our guys and I knew that we would keep fighting. We fought until the end and on that last drive we knew what we had to do."

RB FRANK GORE
On coming back from a broken hand:
"It was great. I had fun, especially being out there with my guys. We fought to the end. We started off pretty strong. The Arizona defense came out and played tough. They came to stop the run but we stayed together and got it done.
On scoring the game's first touchdown: "It was great, especially not practicing all of the two-a-days or playing in any preseason games. It felt good. It helped me get my eyes back and I punched it in."

CB WALT HARRIS
On his interception:
"I read the ball pretty well and was able to make a play on it. The defense as a whole played real tough today and made a lot of plays."
On the defensive performance: "Our defense really jelled tonight and came together. We tried to really pressure them all game and tried to make them hurry on offense."

LB MANNY LAWSON
On the 49ers getting the monkey off their back after beating the Cardinals for the first time in three years:
"It's huge for us, especially this being our first game. It's a great statement, especially with our new additions. There were a lot of questions if we could get it done. We just had to prove to ourselves that we could get it done."
On winning on Monday Night in front of a national TV audience:"This is my first Monday Night Game, so it is huge for me. I'll probably hear about it from all my friends and family, so it is huge for me."

QB ALEX SMITH
On the victory: "This team played so hard, we never gave up. We struggled all night, it was frustrating on offense. Our guys stepped it up on the final drive. We never quit believing and never stopped knowing that we were going to pull it out and win the game. I am so proud of this team."
On the offense coming alive on the final drive to pull out the victory: "We worked hard on situation offense during the off-season because we knew we were going to be in tight games like this. We really took it to the next level and we did it tonight and showed a lot of character."
On the play of San Francisco's defense: "The defense played great all night. They gave us great field position. I'm so proud they stuck it out and finished tonight."
On his fourth-and-one scramble for 25 yards on fourth down during the final drive: "I knew they broke down. I felt I could make something happen with my feet and just get to the chains to get another set of downs. I saw a lane over to the side and took it and the guys up front gave me some great blocks.
On what he took from the ugly win: "The win is the most important thing. The biggest thing I took from this is character and maturity. We were struggling on offense but really hung in there and knew we were going to get it done. We believed in one another and marched down the field to get the win."

LB PATRICK WILLIS
On his first game as a 49er:
"It was really great to be out there in a regular season game. Our guys played really great out there and proved that we can really make some plays on defense.
On facing the Cardinals: "Those guys have a lot of good players, but we feel that we do too on our side of the ball I felt we can be really good as a unit and keep improving throughout the season."
On his performance (a game-high 11 tackles): "I thought I did pretty good out there. I still feel that I need to improve on a lot of things, but I felt that I did pretty well today in trying to get Arizona out of their comfort zone and play more into our tempo."


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