49ers loss strengthens resolve to end the season strong
The close game ended up a 20-17 defeat for the 49ers.
"Our interpretation was, when we grade a player, if he's got a penalty we give him a minus, but we did not assign a minus on that play. The play occurred that occurred,” said Harbaugh. “I thought Ahmad hit at the right level, hit at the shoulder level. The quarterback kind of shrunk down and that's the official's call to make.”
“I'm going to see it the way I see it and that's going to be a slanted view. I really don't know much more to say about that."
Brooks said after the match that the penalty was the only reason they lost the match.
"It's very frustrating. The game could have gone in a totally different direction," Brooks said. "And I'm mad because that was a big call in the game, and then we lost the game, and that's probably the reason why."
Harbaugh was disappointed in his performance but didn’t let it tamper his resolve to come up better and more prepared next time.
"I'm attacking the day with enthusiasm unknown to mankind. Win or lose, that's the approach. Come back and make sure that you can contribute anything you can to the winning,” Harbaugh said. “If you lose, you want to come back and make sure that darn near never happens again.”
“The mindset is, you don't win the game you're not going to feel great, and you don't feel good,” he continued. “I know that as a coach. And if you want to feel better, coach better. That's what I tell myself."
The team is focused for now entirely on ending the season strong and give it their all in the regular season so they have a good shot at the playoffs.
Tight end Vernon Davis said that it all summed up to the overall performance when chances for the playoffs are being calculated.
"At the end of the day it's just one loss and we've got six weeks to keep playing for," he said. "We know the ultimate goal is to win as many games as you can and get into the playoffs."