"We didn't project it to be this way," Sherman said after the game, per the 49ers' team website. "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 called twice for holding on third downs in the defensive struggle; one was accepted by the 49ers and led to a field goal.
"It didn't make a difference," Sherman said. "It didn't make a difference at all."
Instead, Sherman had an alternative explanation for the defeat.
"The penalties, that is what made the difference today," he said.
There was no penalty on that play.