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December 28, 2008 8:21 pm

Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck

On how he feels physically after his injury:

"I’m not concerned at all. I’m not concerned one bit. I feel great. I’m on a timeline; a conservative timeline. But I feel like I’ll be ready to go – first mini-camp, even before then, opening of winter workouts, March 31st or whatever it is."

On what Head Coach Mike Holmgren meant for his career:

"He turned the Green Bay franchise around. I was fortunate enough to get on board the train after they had gone to a couple of Super Bowls, and I was able to enjoy some of that success. And here in Seattle, he turned this franchise around. I got here in time for the hard times and was able to go through the journey of turning it around with him. I think that’s his legacy. I’m just really happy that I got to be a part of it."

Seahawks QB Seneca Wallace

On this being Mike Holmgren’s last game:

"We were still trying to go out and win the game, and give 100 percent for him and try to send him out on a light note. But we made some mistakes during the game and that hurt us a little bit. They put us in a hole, but he kind of held back his emotions a little bit. He was a little fired up in the first half, but calmed down a bit in the second half."

On trying to comeback from a 28-14 deficit:

"You just need to keep battling. Keep trying to make plays. It’s tough, just to keep battling, try to grind and get yourself out of the hole."

On his first touchdown pass to Deion Branch:

"I just wanted to give it a shot and hope Deion would make a play and he did. He battled for it up in the air and made a great catch."

On his second touchdown pass to Deion Branch:

"He was wide open. I just tried to use my legs to make a play, try to extend the play and he did a great job just getting open."

On what it was like playing against a make-shift offensive line all year:

"They battled man, it’s tough. We lost another guy today, but guys stepped in right away and just played. I can’t say enough about them. It was a good run for us. Guys had to come in off the bench and play. They battled hard all season long."

On what he will remember most about the season:

"I wanted to go out and have fun and prove some things. I think a lot of us did that, some of the offensive linemen stepped in a played well. It was about a whole bunch of things. Mike’s last season. It was a rollercoaster. It was up and down, it was tough with injuries at the end of the season. But we finished pretty strong down the stretch."

On what he proved with his play this season:

"What did I prove? Some people think that I can’t play and things like that. (There are) still some doubters out there, I’m sure. (I’m) just going out there and playing every Sunday and try to win games."

On how satisfying the season was for him:

"It’s satisfying. It would have been more satisfying if we had won today. We didn’t. Now you have to move on and get ready for next season."

Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant

On what Mike Holmgren was like in the locker room after the game:

"He always shoots it to you straight and of course he’s going to be emotional, so he’s going to say a whole lot. He’s straight up, and that’s why he’s a good coach."

On if he thought the team had a better chance to win because the Cardinals were missing WR Anquan Boldin:

"I don’t know. We always come out there and we always play to win. Naturally, we are worried about the other team. So we always come out fighting."

On how hard it is to guard Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald:

"That’s just him. He’s a big-time receiver and a big-time playmaker, and that’s what he did. He made big plays when he needed to, it’s a 50-50 chance when the ball goes up and he just made the play today, and that’s what it comes down to. He’s a big time playmaker and he’s going to make plays. You try to limit the big plays, but sometimes it happens and he was able to make the play today, all you can do is keep fighting. That’s what I tried to do. He just had a better day today. He made it happen."

On having to forget about the last play and move on to the next play:

"You got to have no memory, whether it’s a good play or a bad play, you have to just keep fighting. That’s what I tried to do, but at the end of the day, you have to take your hat off to (Fitzgerald). He’s a good receiver and made a big time play."

On if he felt he and the defense had to play to win because of all the injuries on the offensive side of the ball:

"It’s all the way around. Offense has to play. Defense has to play. Specials teams have to play. You have to play together as a team and that’s how you win ballgames. If one side is slacking, sometimes you can overcome it and sometimes you can’t. But you always have to play together, that’s what being a team is all about."

Seahawks RB TJ Duckett

On how satisfying it was for him to have as many touchdowns as he did in such a limited role:

"It’s nice. It’s nice to be able to contribute when I got in the game. Make an impact. You always want to play. We have so many players in that running back room that you just want to play your role. I think everyone, as a running back, we respected that and we did our job to the best of our ability."

On how he felt when the score was 14-14 at the half despite playing with a backup quarterback and an injury-plagued offensive line:

"We have a lot of confidence. Regardless of what happens, if someone goes down, someone else has to come up. There’s no time for excuses. Everyone came out and we gave it all we had. We’ve done that the whole entire year. Whenever someone went down, another guy came in and made plays. That’s a credit to players working hard all week and getting their playbooks and studying. It would be nice to have the guys back, but at the same time, the games don’t stop and you have to pick up the slack. With this team, we all did that."

On what he thinks about his potential future in Seattle:

"Hopefully I’m around during training camp. It was just a frustrating year across the board, from top to bottom. You go back and you look at the film and you see a lot of players out there playing hard and giving everything they got until the last minute. It makes it tough for the coaches to make a decision at the end of the day. The way the season went and with it being over and ending the way it did, there are lot of players who have a bad taste in their mouths and are excited to get back out there, take some time off and get healthy, but it wasn’t the year that any of us expected. It’s something you learn from and hopefully this will help us in the future."

On his overall reaction to the season:

"Nobody expected our record to be what it is. You want to right the wrong. It just wasn’t our year. Other teams came out and played great and you’ll see them play in the playoffs. And that’s something we can watch while we’re at home and hopefully will motivate us in the off-season

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