The Seattle Seahawks were not in the mood to discuss moral victories after losing to Atlanta 30-28 in the Georgia Dome.
The Seahawks fully expected to be playing San Francisco for a third straight time this season, with a chance to go to the Super Bowl on the line.
“Yeah, definitely,” Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “You go up one with 30 seconds left, you feel like you’ve got the game. They ran some routes that I should have stopped.”
Instead, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and his players are looking toward next season.
“I hate to be dealing with this right now that we got beat today, but the future is so bright for this team, and they know that,” Carroll said. “They’ll live with this frustration for a long time.”
Added Seattle linebacker Leroy Hill, who said he intends to play another season: “This team has got a lot of great pieces in place for the future – a lot of young guys, a lot of great talent. I think Pete and Schneider have brought in a lot of great guys that are going to be around for a long time.”