Needless to say, this locker room was far more inviting than the previous six. Holmgren opened his postgame news conference by saying, "I don't know what to say, it's been so long."
Brian Russell said that he has been a part of bigger, more important victories but none have felt as good as this because of how much hard work this team has put in and not reaped the rewards.
Seneca Wallace said he got very emotional after the game because he felt his Mom, who died two years ago, was looking down on him and helped him make some of the big plays at the end. Of his rant at halftime, he said he was just frustrated that he felt like everybody was not playing hard, and so he let them have it with the hope that they would increase their effort and focus.
On the hit where he got the wind knocked out of him, Holmgren said he was second-guessing himself for calling a passing play with 45 seconds left that nearly got his QB decapitated. But, he said, the good thing was that it inspired him to make a rather salty halftime speech. "There were some choice words," Russell said. "But he basically said, 'What are you guys doing out there? You are better than this.'"
That helped the team come out of halftime with a different mindframe. Holmgren said he thought that the quiet atmosphere in the Dome contributed to the players' first-half malaise. He said he made some adjustments in the second half, committing more to the run and shorter passes with quicker releases.
Deion Branch told a great story about his fourth-quarter catch that set up the winning field goal. He said he was lined up to run the exact same play when Seneca called timeout. So Branch stood there and looked around Atogwe and Ron Bartell. Bartell asked him what he was doing. And Branch said he replied, "Seeing where I am going to catch the ball." He said they laughed. "But I wasn't joking," Branch said. He said they had lined up in the defense for the coverage before the timeout, so he knew what he was going to see when they called the play again, giving him an idea of how to beat him. He turned Atogwe inside out on the play.
Lofa said he felt that the Rams were trying to play with the lead rather than continue what they were doing successfully in the first half. He said they nailed every trick in the first half and didn't call any in the second. Steven Jackson got 81 yards in the first half, only 10 in the second. While they were playing it safe, the Seahawks were still inspired to chase the carrot of winning.
Sean Locklear suffered a dislocated toe. He said he was trying to brace himself from three guys bullrushing him and the toe gave out. He will have xrays and mris taken tomorrow. He left the locker room wearing a boot. Also, Jordan Babineaux suffered a concussion.
Olindo Mare made it seem as if this was not a big deal. He said the winner counted the same as his 50-yarder earlier in the game. If he placed too much value on one kick, he would psyche himself out. Deion Branch however said several guys have been calling Mare the MVP of the team this year.