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Sherman on facing Falcons: No pressure

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm with 13 Comments »
January 10, 2013 2:17 pm

With Seattle travelling to No. 1 seed Atlanta for this Sunday’s divisional contest, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says he and his teammates are confident, and feeling no pressure heading into the matchup after defeating Washington last week.

“We had to get it,” Sherman said. “It’s the playoffs, so you have to get every one or you’re going home. I think we’re an extremely confident bunch right now. We’re a young team who’s hungry. We don’t really feel the pressure because there’s no pressure to be felt. We’re just hungry and trying to win ball games by any means.”

On the flip side, the Falcons at 13-3 are 0-3 during Mike Smith’s tenure has head coach since 2008. So Atlanta could be feeling more pressure to get a playoff win most folks expect them to win, right?

“I try not to think about what other teams are dealing with,” Sherman said. “We’ve got enough on our plate to prepare for them. I guess there’s some pressure there for them, but they’re a great team. They’re the No. 1 seed for a reason. And they’ve earned it, so I’m not sure how much pressure there is for them because they’ve only lost three games during the season.”

Sherman gave props to Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan for having an outstanding season this year, and says the Boston College product will be tough to deal with on Sunday.

“He’s done a great job this year,” Sherman said. “I think he’s thrown for 5,000 yards or something. And he’s does a great job of getting the ball to where he wants it. He knows his spots. He knows where his receivers are supposed to be, and he’s accurate with the ball. He throws into some tight windows, but he gets the ball there with some zip on it. I think this is one of his best years in the NFL.”

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said the keys for Seattle against the Falcons will be limiting turnovers, being efficient on offense (third down, red zone) and taking advantage of scoring opportunities when they present themselves something he called GAP plays – or game-altering plays.

“You’ve got to make those plays happen,” Wilson said. “It’s going to be a great game. Obviously, they have a great offense, and their defense is playing really well, too. So I think the biggest thing is we’ve got to just play one play at a time, control what we can control and play our game.”

Wilson will see a familiar face on the other sideline. His center at the University of Wisconsin, Peter Konz, is Atlanta’s starting right guard.

Konz told Atlanta-area reporters that Wilson is a good friend of his, but that he doesn’t talk to his friends on opposing teams during game week.

“Me and him developed a close relationship,” Wilson said. “It’s funny, because I remember back at Wisconsin, he’d be like, ‘Yeah, man, I’ve got a friend from this team, but I’m not talking to him this week.’ So I can definitely see Peter doing that for sure. And that’s just that competitive nature that he brings, and that I bring.”

Wilson said that Steve Young and Drew Brees were the quarterbacks he tried to emulate while plying his trade in high school.

“I still watch him to this day,” Wilson said about Brees. “I like guys who have a competitive nature, great leadership and attention to detail, and love to win and love to compete. So those are the guys I watch the most.”

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  1. The Seahawks didn’t play up to their standard when it came to “GAP” plays last week. I’m hoping it was simply big game jitters and a bad field. If they can play up to the standard they set during the regular season, they’ll win this game.

  2. Sherm is actually being nice about these guys…are we seeing a new Sherm! :-)

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The Seahawks can take the fair weather fan crowd out of this one early if they can jump out to a lead. Coming back from 14 down in this one will be tough.

  4. So before this last playoff game everyone said the hawks last road playoff victory was against miami in 1983. I never really questioned it. But i was just sent this link from my brother, and it shows that the Hawks won against the Raiders in 1984 in LA. Since i was still in the womb at this point in time, can anyone confirm this??

    Here is the link…

  5. That game you are referring to was a Wild Card game played in Seattle. The following week, Seattle traveled to Miami and Dan Marino got his revenge for the previous year.

    No West Coast Team has won back to back playoff games on the East Coast since the 1989 LA Rams.

  6. Huh. So they just messed up when they labeled it or something? Because normally the first labeled team is away and the second labeled team is home. Weird, but thanks for clarifying that for me

  7. Beast did not practice again today. Hoping its nothing major

  8. Pabs refers to the “Dan Doornink” game in Seattle.

  9. raymaines says:

    That would be Dr. Dan to you, sir.

  10. raymaines says:

    This game is just killing me.

    Ordinarily I’ve got things figured out by now, but I honestly don’t have a strong feeling about this game yet. I don’t gamble but I like to pretend I do and my imaginary $100 bill is still in my pocket.

    The mighty, mighty Seahawks could win or loose by 40 or it could be a tight game won by a FG in OT. I don’t exactly mind being wrong, but I just hate feeling confused.

  11. sfseahawkfan says:

    The Hawks can’t afford to let Atlanta jump out to an early lead like Washington did. The keys will be up front, not just the Hawks’ defensive backfield.

    1. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch vs. the Falcons front seven. If Seattle dominates the Falcons’ weak run defense, and can bring the TEs into play, the Hawks can control the tempo of the game.

    2. Seattle front seven vs. Falcons’ offensive line. The Falcons haven’t allowed many sacks. If the Hawks can pressure the Atlanta QB, it will ease our DBs task.

  12. bbnate420 says:

    Am I the only one that has a problem with the volume on these videos? I have to turn the volume all the way up on my computer, and it’s still hard to hear.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Adam Schein –

    ” I don’t want to hear that Seahawks starter Russell Wilson is a rookie. That’s what it says on the back of his bubble gum card.” Lol.

    Schein goes on to say-

    “John Madden says Wilson reminds him of Peyton Manning in the way that he sounds just like a players coach. High praise indeed.”

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