It was a very unhappy locker room, needless to say. The players seemed both angry and disappointed in themselves for playing so poorly. Matt Hasselbeck said he felt like he only played half a game, like he felt like he should go back out there and play again. Mike Holmgren said he thought the team took a breath after clinching the division, though the players did not admit to that. They said, "We just didn't execute plays today," which to me is semantics. Mo Morris said Thomas Davis just made a better play than he did on the sack that forced Hasselbeck to fumble, Hasselbeck seemed pissed, saying he still hasn't gotten an explanation about what happened.
The one positive to take out of this is that since they remain the No. 3 seed, they now can see there are some things to work on in the final two weeks before the playoffs. In particular, the running game. Shaun Alexander was saying they had to put their mind to correcting the mistakes and do it, though that has been a similar mantra all season. I'm not entirely sure how the last two games are going to be different.
Interestingly, Mike Holmgren gave a great deal of credit to Carolina punter Jason Baker, who helped the Panthers win the field position battle because he punted into the wind so well. All the players said the wind was much worse in the first half than the second half, but that it was not the entire reason they could not score.
Patrick Kerney said they did a good job keeping a tight end in to help out on him, and Matt Moore did a good job of getting rid of the ball quickly, the reason the D line was unable to get to him or rattle him.
Bobby Engram went over 1,000 yards for the season, something he sounded proud of after the game. He had 75 people come to the game to see him.
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