“We didn't project it to be this way,” he said after the game, via 49ers.com. “We expected to blow them out but they got the benefit of a few calls tonight throughout the game and that helps you especially on third down, we will see them again and it will be a different result.”
Sherman was flagged twice on third downs for holding, and the one accepted by the 49ers led to three points. But the cornerback was adamant that 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, who had missed almost the entire season while recovering from an Achilles injury, didn't have an impact on the outcome.
"It didn't make a difference," Sherman said. "It didn't make a difference at all."
So what did?
"The penalties," Sherman said. "That is what made the difference today."
San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin was unconcerned about Sherman's comments -- both after the game and during it.
"It is what it is,” Boldin said. “That's the way that I play. If guys want to pretend to be tough, then I look forward to it. Talking, that's just what they do, you know what I'm saying? So, I let my play speak for itself.”
With the win, the 49ers are 9-4 and the sixth seed in the NFC with three regular-season games remaining.