SEATTLE - Richard Sherman received a warm reception from his former team and their fans, but for the 49ers' veteran cornerback, it was just another game.
"It was just a regular game," Sherman said Sunday after the 49ers' 43-16 loss to the Seahawks. "It's just unfortunate that we didn't play as well as we could have. Had too many turnovers, gave up too many plays. That's football, and that's kind of the way things have gone this season."
Sherman ultimately treated his homecoming as a professional. He explained his preparation after the 49ers' loss.
"I'm a ballplayer," Sherman said. "At the end of the day, the field is the same length and everything else's the same. You just go out there and play your game. Try to give your team the best chance to win and unfortunately we din't get the win today."
The Seahawks were evenly productive on the ground, rushing 29 times for 168 yards.
Sherman sees the 49ers' injury woes as one of the bigger challenges this season.
"We're just beat up," Sherman said. "You think about the guys we have out there, you know. We lose our No. 1 receiver, No. 2 receiver, No. 1 quarterback, No. 2 quarterback, No. 1 running back, you know, it just ends up adding up.
Sherman also pointed out the personnel losses on the defensive side, but he mentioned a few positives, including quarterback Nick Mullens' play.
"Guys are playing hard, giving us the best chance. Kyle's [Shanahan] coming up with great game plans, and obviously Nick threw for 400 today, so guys are getting yards," Sherman said. "We just have to execute in the red zone, and on defense, we have to find a way to get the ball."
The Seahawks did find a way to get the ball, managing three takeaways. Linebacker Bobby Wagner capitalized on one of Mullens' errant throws and returned the ball 98 yards for a touchdown.
Wagner and Sherman spoke about the play after the game was over. Their friendship obviously has continued after Sherman's departure from the team.
"He was just telling me I was slow," Wagner said. "I was telling him if I'm slow, what does that say about your team? We were just talking trash. He's my brother. ... To see him on the opposite side in the other jersey he looks ugly in was cool."