Seahawks-49ers: Notes, quotes

By The Sports Xchange
POSTED: 10:39 PM MST Jan 19, 2014    UPDATED: 10:39 PM MST Jan 19, 2014 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS:

--The 49ers lost two of their top players during the course of Sunday's game. Pro Bowl guard Mike Iupati went down with an ankle injury during the second quarter, then San Francisco lost linebacker NaVorro Bowman to a knee injury in the fourth quarter.

Bowman appeared to make a strip and fumble recovery near the goal line but lost the ball as he was lying on the field in pain. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch was awarded possession of the ball, and the 49ers were not allowed a chance to challenge the play.

--After Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman took some shots at wide receiver Michael Crabtree in a post-game interview, the 49ers' wideout wasn't backing down.

"He knows what time it is," Crabtree said. "When we were on the field, he isn't doing nothing. That's one play. He knows."

Sherman tipped quarterback Colin Kaepernick's final pass away from Crabtree and into the hands of Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith. Sherman then he called Crabtree a "mediocre" receiver in a post-game interview and added, "When you try to test the best corner in the game against a mediocre receiver, that's what happens."

Crabtree shrugged off the comments. "He's a TV guy," Crabtree said. "I'm not a TV guy. I play ball. He makes one play and he talks. Good play."

--The 49ers are now 1-2 in NFC Championship games and fell short in their quest to become the NFC's first repeat conference champion since the Philadelphia Eagles, who went to the Super Bowl following the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Coach Jim Harbaugh is now 5-3 in postseason games during his three years as an NFL coach.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

--Quarterback Russell Wilson ran his record to 17-1 at CenturyLink Field. His only loss came in a Week 16 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals. Seattle has won seven consecutive playoff games at home, dating back to the 2005 season. The Seahawks are 4-0 in the playoffs when entering the postseason with the NFC's top seed.

--Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is one of the most outspoken players in football, and he was not holding his tongue after Sunday's win in the NFC Championship game. Sherman conducted a rather bizarre postgame interview with television analyst Erin Andrews, then he went out of his way to take shots at San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree while standing on an interview podium inside CenturyLink Field.

"I was making sure that everybody knew that Crabtree was a mediocre receiver," Sherman said about an hour after sealing the win by tipping a pass intended for Crabtree in the end zone. "When you try to test the best corner in the game against a mediocre receiver, that's what happens."

Sherman went on to tell a story of how teammate Earl Thomas had referred to Crabtree as a top-15 receiver, saying he wouldn't even put the San Francisco wideout in the top 20.

--The Seahawks could get a boost in the 13 days leading up to Super Bowl XLVII, although nothing is ever guaranteed when it comes to the health of wide receiver/return man Percy Harvin. The Seahawks' prized offseason acquisition was limited to just one regular-season game (due to offseason hip surgery) and half of a playoff game (due to a concussion he suffered just before halftime of the win over New Orleans). The Seahawks are holding out hope that he will be cleared to play against the Broncos. Harvin has made plays in the few opportunities he has had for Seattle, and the Seahawks hope their $67 million investment starts paying dividends in the biggest game of the NFL season.

QUOTES

-- "Sherm (Richard Sherman) made a good play. That's probably the only play he made the whole game. If you cut up the film and look at it, guys were beat. We were doing our job, whatever it takes. We just came up short at the end." - 49ers WR Michael Crabtree:

-- "We got down there in the red zone and didn't quite pull it off the way we wanted to. It cost us as a team. I'm not pointing my finger at (Colin) Kaepernick or (Michael) Crabtree. We lost together as a team." - 49ers TE Vernon Davis:

-- "I didn't play good enough to win. I turned the ball over three times. I cost us this game." - 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick:

-- "We just didn't make the plays today. Seattle got the win. Hopefully the key guys on the team will come back, and we'll just move on from here." - 49ers RB Frank Gore:

-- "After the last snap, I thought, 'Man, I could've been playing baseball right now.' Another thing I thought about was all the people who told me I couldn't do it." - Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

-- "I've never really played on a team with this high level of expectation before. ... There's another game to win. So we'll be happy in a couple of weeks - hopefully." - Seahawks C Max Unger:

-- "It's a long, hard road to get to the Super Bowl, to achieve a goal everybody wants to achieve." - Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane

-- "You always get a classic battle between us and the Niners." - Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin:

-- "I can't explain in words this feeling that I've got right now. Since I was 6 years old, 7 years old, playing Salvation Army (football) in Pensacola, Florida, I've dreamt of this moment, playing in the Super Bowl. To be here now and have this moment is such a surreal feeling. I can't explain it in words." - Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin

-- "We'll get Peyton (Manning) in that (East Coast) weather and see how he performs. Obviously, he's a great player, and we'll just try to stop him." - Seahawks LB Malcolm Smith: