'It's disappointing. It starts with us, myself and the rest of the coaches. I thought they had effort, but in the end, not enough here to win this game. It's disappointing to get into the postseason and finish with a loss to start.'
--Saints Head Coach Sean Payton, in his opening remarks following New Orleans' 41-36 loss to Seattle.
'It's just disappointment. You get to this juncture of the season and you anticipate trying to play your best football. More than anything else, it's disappointment.'
--Payton, when asked if there was an element of shock to the loss
'Anytime you play a team and a playoff game, anything can happen. They played better than we did. They made more plays than we did today. I don't think anybody took for granted the amount of success they had throwing the ball the last time we played them. I know they were confident that they could do that and they did that today.'
--Saints free safety Darren Sharper, when asked if he was in disbelief
'They did a good job of executing. They did a good job of making plays. Unfortunately we weren't able to capitalize on opportunities we had. They just came out and made plays they needed to make to win the game.'
--Saints cornerback Jabari Greer, when asked how the Seahawks receivers were so wide open
'It's a big play in the ball game but you can't discount digging yourself a hole the whole game and having it come down to that. I know if we had to do anything different, I know with me, instead of tackling high and trying to get the ball out, I would have just wrapped him and made a sure tackle. It's always easy to look back because if I get the ball out, it's a great play.'
--Saints linebacker Scott Shanle on Marshawn Lynch's 67-yard touchdown run
'Shocking. Embarrassing. Tough. All that.'
--Saints running back Reggie Bush, when asked how he would term the loss
'You've got to give them a lot of credit. They came out today. They got a lot of heat about this division. They came out today and they were the better team.'
--Saints right guard Jahri Evans on Seattle