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December 8, 2013 at 9:17 PM

What they said: Pete Carroll

Here’s much of what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say after the loss at San Francisco today:

Opening Statement: “It was a terrific football game today. It was really hard fought, tough, both sides of the ball. It was just one of those really cool kind of matchups on this day. Close where one play could make a difference and they did a great job to get the win. Came through and figured out a way. Hats off to them. What is really important for us is that we have a lot of football left and regards to what happened today, we need to make sure that we come back from this and get on track and go back to work. I’m probably most disappointed that there was a lot of critical penalties situations in this game. It felt like it kind of dictated the flow of it, but that is the way it goes sometimes. They call them on us, they call them on them as well. I’m not complaining about that I just wish it wasn’t a part of this game because it could have made a difference. So, it was a terrific win for them and unfortunately for us, we have to keep battling and battle through the end here, and see if we can put this thing in order.”

What were they able to do that disappointed you? What did they do offensively?: “Well, it was kind of a regular game for them. They didn’t throw for a lot of yards and they ran the ball well, but it was just a good, hard fought game. It was just kind of a slug fest it felt like.”

Can you tell us what happened on [RB Frank] Gore’s long run?:  “Yeah. We just got out played on that play. They blocked us really nicely and they took advantage of it. It was a good call, good play. They had run the play a few times during the game and we stopped it, but that time it got away.”

Did you consider letting them score at the end: “I thought of that. I did think about that.”

What do you think of your offense in the second half? “We felt like we could go. We really felt like we could move. The field possession was in their favor most of the game. The kicking and stuff, we didn’t make a change field with the punt game. They didn’t get any yards out of it, but we didn’t change field position much and so I would think that the field position as you look at it was very favorable towards them. We couldn’t get that switch and sometimes in a close game, that really makes a big difference.”

Thoughts on the end of the game: “The game came right to us. We get the chance, we hadn’t backed up and they kick it to goal and then he rips it down there and puts us down. It would have been nice to score a touchdown there of course in the red zone. That put us ahead and we had a chance, we just let them get out with a big run. It was one of those one play deals that came down to it. Once they made that run they were already in field goal position, so they had what they needed. It was just a matter of trying to see if we could get the ball back.”

Thoughts on playing a close game:  “I think we play for the opportunity of it and finally happened. We took advantage of it. We did exactly what we needed to do. Our mentality was solid. We were composed and with it the whole time. It was just a matter of doing something with the opportunity. Unfortunately, we didn’t score a touchdown there when [WR] Golden [Tate] had the punt return and that was a big chance for us, but then all of a sudden one play and it is just a clock game. It was all about the clock and we ran out of time.”

On if the intensity of the game led to penalties: “No, I think I’m sure there was a lot of complaint in the past defense. We had an offensive pass interference on us and it was a very similar situation. That just didn’t work out for us today.”

How are [OLB] K.J. Wright and [SS] Jeron Johnson?: “K.J. broke a bone in his foot today. I am really disappointed in that. He was really upset about that. So that looks like a six week type injury. They have already diagnosed him. A couple of the guys, [C] Max Unger had a peck strain and Jeron Johnson pulled his other hammy today.”

What happened with that blocked punt? “We just missed the block. We had a routine fit on the block and we just didn’t do it right. Unfortunately, it never happens to us like that. This is not the only one. Last time we played these guys, we had a fluke because a whistle blew, but this was a legit block. We just missed a block.”

Just your overall takeaway of what you did well today? “We did battle. We battled today. I really think that it is marred by the penalty thing. It changed the
game for us. We needed to get out of it one way or another and we couldn’t do it. Both sides of the ball. It was a factor in drives. That was an issue today, but other than that, it was a really good hard fought football game, great scores.”

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