QB Matt Hasselbeck
RE: Revenge as a motivator after losing both games to San Francisco in 2006
"Last year was last year. Besides, I didn’t play in the game here last year. So, no, revenge wasn’t a big motivator. This being a divisional game was enough motivation. San Francisco put pressure on us by winning two divisional games early in the season. That made the game very important for us. We play them again in Seattle but we won’t be overconfident because they beat us there the last time we played."
RE: The defensive performance
"They played very well. They were able to contain Frank Gore, one of the most explosive running backs in the game. Getting so many sacks and a couple of interceptions from Marcus (Trufant) really helped us. It makes the offense’s job easier when the defense keeps coming up with big plays like ours did today. They seemed to have a lot of trouble with our pass rush."
RE: The performance of Deion Branch
"He brings a lot of leadership to his position. He’s a great teammate, a great guy to have around. And he’s showing us that he’s quite a playmaker. He’s starting to put up some good numbers. There are reasons why he is here. Having him for a full training camp is paying off. He was new to the system last year."
RE: Marcus Pollard’s touchdown
"You’ve got to give him credit. They tried to jam him at the line of scrimmage and he fought his way through it. He caught the ball and found his way into the end zone. That was huge."
RE: One of the intangibles
"It won’t show up on the scoreboard but we were determined to pick up for each other when the opportunity presented itself. Coming into the game, some of the guys were saying to each other, ‘We’ve got your back.’ A good example of that occurred today when they blocked our punt and the defense stepped up to stop them on the subsequent drive."