Lovie SmithOn whether he thinks this team can make the playoffs:
"Sure, we can make the playoffs. We have five losses right now. Five losses won't keep you out of the playoffs, but for us it's about getting a wn. Philadelphia is coming up next. Again, there are some bright things that we can build on. There's a lot of football left to go. Two 9-7 teams, I think, made it in [last year]. But that's a long ways away. As much as anything for us, we just need to be able to finish a game and get a win."
QB Jay CutlerOn looking forward to the rest of the season:
"We have to take it one game at a time. We have to stay positive. I think with the high character group we got and a lot of leaders in that locker room, I don't think there is going to be a problem. I think we are going to bounce back just fine. We have to go out and play hard. Lovie is going to get us ready to go. That is not going to an issue for us."
RB Matt ForteOn whether the drive at the end of the game was something to build on:
"We were in the red zone a few times and we were driving the ball a few times, but we can't keep shooting ourselves in the foot."
"They did a good job, and we weren't able to convert. We had some opportunities to take advantage of. They had a good plan for us, and we just couldn't convert."
WR Devin HesterOn whether it's getting harder to remain optimistic during the rest of this season:
"You've just have to look at it as time is winding down. We've just got to limit mistakes. It's too far in the season to be making mistakes, especially on my part. I did some things today that I normally don't do. I've just have to get better on my part." Vernon Davis comments served as a motivator:
"I don't even want to answer that question. I go out here everyday regardless of who is on the other side of the ball and play my best game. I try to go out and show pride in myself, my family and my last name. I don't care what another guy says. I can care less."
TE Greg OlsenOn whether the last interception was intended for him:
"Yes, and we kind of scrambled and we were trying to make a play. It was the last play of the game, and we were just trying to make something out of nothing. So that one was kind of tough. He was just trying to put the ball in the end zone for someone knowing it was the last play, so we had our chances. We just came up a little short."
49ers coach Mike SingletaryOn what it means to him personally to beat the Bears:
"You know, in all honesty, and I mean this, the first time that we played the Bears when I was here and we went down there and got the snot kicked out of us, that was an overwhelming feeling. But for the Bears to come in here today and for us to beat them, in all honesty, looking at our schedule and the next team that we have, they're just another team on that schedule and I'm very thankful that we could beat them."
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