Were you able to feel that you guys could put the kind of pressure on New York Giants QB Eli Manning that you planned coming in?
“Their game plan was good. He was getting the ball out fast. They had a game plan to try not to get Eli hit. We tried to mix it up with some pressures.”
How difficult was this loss considering the 49ers really seemed to control the game until the end?
“That’s been the story of the season. We have to finish. I know we had some calls in the last drive against the defense, but we still need to find a way to make a play. Anybody. I personally need to make a play and try to get pressure on Eli. That’s everybody around on all levels. The DB’s, the linebackers, the defense. Everybody has to be held accountable. The defense could’ve won that game for us.”
It seemed you faced a lot of double teams tonight. Was that the case?
“Yeah. At the same time you still have to work. You have to find a way.”
What’s the mood of this team? This is the fourth game you’ve lost by four or fewer points.
“It’s tough, especially the real close ones. It’s really tough. Guys just have to stay close, and the guys are. They’re not blaming each other. Everybody has to take the blame. They’re putting the loss on themselves which they should. We just have to look at the film tomorrow, see what we messed up, get the ball rolling and try to get away a little bit during our bye week coming up.”
Do you feel like you are close?
“We definitely are. There are definitely a bunch of games where we just let the other team win. We gave it up. We couldn’t find a way to finish the game. We just have to come back tomorrow and his the ground rolling.”