LB Leroy Hill
RE: How important was it to the defense to attack the offensive line? And how nice was it to succeed?
"It felt real good; obviously it felt good, no matter what team you’re playing. It was key, because this was a division opponent and we set a statement that we are a different team than last year."
RE: Did you guys plan differently this week in order to shut down Frank Gore? (Also on the Alex Smith injury)
"It wasn’t a certain scheme change; it was the same thing we brought in last year. When Alex Smith went down it sort of changed the game plan a little bit."
RE: When Smith left the game, did you see a change?
"Definitely, it’s a different element, Smith can run with the ball so you can’t send that many guys at him because he’ll take off and hurt you that way. But with Dilfer he’s more of a pocket passer so we were able to blitz some more."
RE: Did you see a change in the offensive lines play after Smith left the game with the injury?
"No, they are a very solid O line, I hate to face them twice a year but we have to do it."
LB Julian Peterson
RE: Seattle’s Defensive Play
"We’ve realized over the past year that we haven’t played well on the road. We’ve been starting off very sluggish. This week, both teams were 2-1, a division game. In the Arizona game, we didn’t come out and match their intensity. There was a big emphasis on this game just to make sure we came out on fire. I think we did a good job of doing that."
RE: Defending against Frank Gore
"Every time they showed highlights, they showed Frank (Gore) versus Seattle. We wanted to make sure none of that happened this year. He’s running tough; he comes off the line with a lot of pop. We had to make sure everybody was up and fundamentally sound. He’s a good back, he got a good run for a 16-pop. Overall, we came out with a lot of intensity and we pretty much matched his today and overcame it."
RE: Playing against the 49ers
"It felt great. They knew how much I wanted to win today. We really wanted to stick it to them. I’m glad my teammates helped me out so much. We have a lot of guys who play as a team. It’s a good feeling for everybody on the team."
CB Marcus Trufant
RE: His two interceptions
"I can’t remember the last time I had two interceptions in a game. The last time probably was when I was at Pullman (Washington State). The pressure that the D-line put on really helped. The best coverage is a sack. We all feed off each other. When the D-line get a good push and the linebackers get good drops, it helps the secondary. We all feed off each other."
RE: Julian Peterson’s performance
"He gets jacked-up playing here because he knows so many people. He had a pretty good day today, a couple of sacks, some good hits. He was very active out there."
RE: Significance of victory
"This was an important divisional game. Winning on the road is something you’ve got to do if you want to be a playoff contender. We made a statement today, winning on the road."
RE: Going up against Darrell Jackson
"It brought back a lot of good memories. He and I worked hard against each other in practice. He’s a very good player. You saw some of that today."
RE: One of the keys to victory
"Stopping their run was very important to us. We wanted to make them one-dimensional, and I think we achieved that. Make no mistake, Frank Gore’s a very good runner. But if you shut him down, it’s tough for the 49ers to get untracked offensively. Besides that, they lost their starting quarterback today. That’s got to hurt."