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49ers-Rams Postgame Quotes: Bowman, Garçon, Hyde, others discuss loss

Sep 22, 2017 at 12:18 AM--

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The following are some postgame locker room quotes from several San Francisco 49ers players following the team's 41-39 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night. These quotes were provided by the 49ers Communications department.

LB NaVorro Bowman

As you were sitting down right now what was running through your mind?

"I was thinking about what we can take from this and build off of in this game. I am one of the guys that have been here the longest and guys are going to come back and look at the guys that have been here the longest and see how we approach the next week. I have to be one of those guys who lead by example. I was sitting here thinking about what we did do well in this game and what we can build off of."

What were some of those flashbacks that you were trying to process?

"This has only been our third game together and for us to be down 15 points and still stay in there, still fight, and still make the plays for us to win. That is one of the things that we can take from this game and you see the potential, you see where we can go. We just have to learn how to win, learn how to play a full game and we will be where we want to be."

WR Pierre Garçon

Give us an idea about the roller coaster of emotions of that 4th quarter.

"It was a roller coaster. We played well the guys fought hard, the special teams showed us and gave us those opportunities and on offense we just have to finish drives. That has been a thing for us all year. We are still figuring it out but we will move forward and get things figured out."

What was it like those last few minutes with the highs of getting those touchdowns and the onside kick?

"We were very happy especially for our guys in our receiver room making those plays. [WR Victor] Bolden got the forced fumble, [WR] Aldrick [Robinson] recovered the fumble and [RB] Raheem [Mostert] got the onside kick recovery and [K] Robbie [Gould] made the perfect kick. It was a lot of happiness, a lot of fight and guys were excited and we still had a chance in this game. On offense we have to convert those plays where we needed it the most."

There were some big plays in this one especially involving you, can you take us through the big plays that you made where it appears that you were flipping the game?

"I was just playing football. It was nothing spectacular. It was just like we were practicing for. We call a play and at the end of the day we know what we have to do from the quarterback to the offensive linemen to the receivers. We have to catch whatever the quarterback throws. We have to keep playing football and every play matters. We just have to finish the plays and score touchdowns."

RB Carlos Hyde

It seems like you give a lot of extra effort after the first contact. Can you talk about that?

"That is just the fight in me. I refuse to go down. I just keep fighting, that is how I play. I knew that it was going to be tough coming into this game. I didn't expect anything less from the Rams. They always play us tough, especially in the run game. I knew that it would take the extra effort to get one or two yards extra to move the chains."

Can you put your finger on why you guys didn't get into that rhythm earlier in the game?

"We had penalties and turnovers. We were pretty much shooting ourselves in the foot. We have to eliminate that part. We have to play the way that we know how to play. We started showcasing that at the end of the game. If we could have just come out like that, it could have been a different outcome for us."

C Daniel Kilgore

The way that things had been going, touchdown after touchdown, everything seemed to be falling into place. Did you think that you were winning this game?

"I never thought that we were out of the game. Yes, having an onside kick helps with motivation. Going out and as an offense we have to score points. We have to put points on the board."

Were you guys encouraged by the 39 points that you put up today?

"I said this before and coach has too, every play we expect to score. Finally we get a touchdown from the offense, but we have to score more touchdowns obviously. Things are leading towards the right way, but we still have to be able to finish."

Is it frustrating when you play well as an offense and not finish?

"It is always frustrating when you lose. Sure there were positives overall but when you lose, that is the biggest thing to us. And we will look at it. We have a long weekend, 10 days before our next game. It's another divisional game, we will take care of ourselves, look at the film and get ready for Arizona."

WR Trent Taylor

You guys did move the ball a lot in the second half. Does this help the offense's confidence after not scoring the first two games?

"I think as an offense, we always knew we had it in us. It was just a matter of time until the pieces fell together. It was good to see our offense move the ball a little bit more than we have in the past couple of games. I think we're going to continue to grow."

Was your timing thrown off on the two-point conversion attempt?

"I don't think the defense was set up the way we wanted them to be. They kind of reacted late to our play. It just didn't work out the way we wanted to."

DB Jimmie Ward

If I had come up to you and said 41 to 39 earlier, what would you have told me?

"I didn't think we would have let them score that much. As a defense, we've got to step up more. We've got to make more plays on defense."

What did you think of Rams QB Jared Goff tonight? Did he do anything you hadn't seen before on tape?

"No, I just feel like he made some great throws."

How did you feel tonight? Last week you came back. Did this week feel better?

"Oh yeah, I was fine. I was good. It was a short week, but my body was good to go."

Seeing S Jaquiski Tartt go down like that and S Eric Reid being out, how tough was that to try and overcome?

"It was tough, but good thing we have two rookie safeties that always stay in the film room, understand their notes. [DB Lorenzo] Jerome, he was ready to go. He did a great job when he came out there."

Do you think playing Sunday last week caught up to you at all?

"No, I don't think so. I feel like we were prepared. They ended up outplaying us and coming out with the win."

Was there anything in particular they did that surprised you?

"I don't think so. They did exactly what we thought they were going to do. They just made more plays."

How hard is it to get your body ready for a game like this?

"It's pretty hard, but if you do the right things, your body will be ready by the time game time comes."

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