What the 49ers are saying after playoff-clinching, overtime win over Rams

Pride and exasperation more so than relief spilled from the 49ers’ mouths as they reviewed Sunday’s playoff-clinching, 20-17 win in overtime at the Los Angeles Rams.

Instead of belaboring the end of their season, the 49ers (10-7) are the NFC’s No. 6 seed and heading to play the NFC East-winning Dallas Cowboys (12-5) in the wild-card round.

Here is what was said at the postgame podium:

COACH KYLE SHANAHAN

On the comeback from 17-0 down:

“I was so proud of everybody in that locker room. They never stopped fighting. They had to. THat’s a really good team. I was so proud of the guys.”

Did you think you still had a chance down 17?

“Yeah, you always do. It helped scoring at the end of the second quarter. It helped winning the (pregame) coin toss. Once that drive in the third quarter happened, it was, ‘Alright, back to normal.’ They came out really well. Our D was playing really well. Stafford was unbelievable, especially on third down. Offense, it took us a little to settle down. We hit them with some play-action. Their front is tough. our guys settled down and did a heck of a job.”

On Jimmy Garoppolo:

“Jimmy’s always been pretty good at bouncing back from picks. It’s tough when you try to run the ball a ton so you don’t get in too much of a rhythm. Gosh, he made some big plays. That pick in the red zone between him and George, that was real tough. But to come back and lead us down there over 80 yards to send us into overtime, he was unbelievable today.”

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On the team’s resiliency:

“Our guys are real resilient. I’ve been very proud of them. I’m glad we get to go into the tournament and be a part of it. Regardless of what happened today, I was going to be very proud of them. Our goal every year is to get in the tournament, so you have a chance at the ultimate one. It’s real hard in a season where you lose four in a row. Most places when you lose four in a row, it’s tough to keep guys together. The character in our building and players, it makes it easy and you can focus on your job and keep fighting.

On Trent Williams’ elbow injury and starting Colton McKivitz in his place:

“It wasn’t an easy decision. Colton’s been doing real well inpractice the past month, nothing against Jaylon, at all. We planned on rotating him. We didn’t feel, the way the game was in first half, we didn’t give him a fair opportunity. Then in the opening drive in the third, he settled down and we weren’t going to put Jaylon in late and we stuck with that.

“With Trent, he’s as much of a soldier as we have on our team, and he did everything he could to play today. He was heartbroken when he couldn’t. He got here early in the morning and couldn’t do it, wasn’t healthy enough. I’m just glad we give him another chance.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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