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Wlson: 'I've gone for it my whole life'

Here's what Russell Wilson had to say:

Q.  How's that for going 1‑0?RUSSELL WILSON:  Oh, man, that was a terrific game all the way around.  If you're a football fan, you've got to love that game right there.  It was just a battle to the end.  We kept battling.  We kept believing in ourselves.  Offensively we made plays when we really needed to.  That 4th and 7 was big time, Jermaine Kearse coming down with that catch.  We had a pass play called and I went double count on them.  They jumped off sides and we gave Jermaine a shot, and he comes down with a big catch.Our defense was lights out making plays one after another and then Richard Sherman tipping that ball and us picking it off to seal the game, it doesn't get any better.

Q.  Russell, what dictates on that 4th and 7 play which guy you go to?  Whoever is open?RUSSELL WILSON:  Yeah, basically whoever is open.  We had a different route concept on because if it jumped offsides, we were going to try to take a shot down the field and sure enough they did.  Jermaine Kearse, I gave him a shot to try to look up the safety as long as possible and gave him a one‑on‑one shot and he came down with an unbelievable catch.  He's been doing that all year.I said at the beginning of the year that Jermaine Kearse is one of those guys I knew was going to have an outstanding year.  Just when we threw down in LA and just throwing with everybody, he just stood out so much.  He worked so hard.  He's tremendous on special teams.  He's tremendous catching the football.  He's got great hands, and he's got that desire, you know?  So that showed up tonight.Doug Baldwin had a tremendous night tonight too as well.  On the kickoff return, you think about that.  All the things that Doug Baldwin does for our football team, and he plays with a great edge and he's so intelligent and made some great catches tonight.

Q.  Were you lobbying them when the field goal team was out there?  What was going on there?RUSSELL WILSON:  Yeah, I wanted to either kick the field goal or go for it, and Coach Carroll wanted to do the same thing.  We were trying to figure out what to do.  They were patient and very smart.  And Coach Carroll, and I was kind of begging him, hey, let's go for it if we're not kicking the field goal.  And he decided that we were going to go for it.  I thought it was a great call.  Just give us a chance.It's one of those things that it's potentially the last game of the year.  It's one of those things that sometimes you've got to go for something.  You've got to believe in your guys and believe that you can get it, and sure enough it worked out the way we wanted it to.

Q.  What was decisive about it in deciding to go for it?  Was it you, Bevell, who?RUSSELL WILSON:  In terms of the play call or actually going for it?

Q.  Going for it.RUSSELL WILSON:  I think it was more so Coach Carroll.  They're talking on the phone, and I'm begging on the sidelines, but they can see that I'm begging.  But I think more than anything it's Coach Carroll's decision, and we trust his decisions.  He's been doing it great all year for us.  He's a tremendous football coach that just makes smart decisions all the time.

Q.  How about not only Marshawn's touchdown run but when it came?RUSSELL WILSON:  Yeah, the timing of it.  We knew that we'd have to run the football still and keep attacking.  His patience, you know, is just unbelievable.  Tonight you saw that run that he took into the end zone.  He's been doing it all year for us.  I mean, he's electrifying, and it all starts with the offensive line and tight ends and the receivers blocking down the field.  But his ability to make people miss and accelerate into the end zone.  I think people underestimate his speed.  You noticed how fast he was down the sideline and getting into the end zone.

Q.  You come out and you have a game plan, and first play disaster.  What's going through your mind at that point?RUSSELL WILSON:  It's not a disaster.  The game's not over yet.  First play of the game he made a good play.  I was trying to flip it and he got my forearm just right at the right time, which he made a great play on it.  So I think the thing that I've been saying ever since I really started playing football and all that is you've got to have amnesia playing this position.  No matter how good things are going or how bad things are going or whatever the circumstances are, you have to be able to stay one play at a time, and I let that go.I actually kind of forgot about the play until you just asked me just now.  So it's just one of those things that you stay in the moment.  You believe in yourself.  You believe in what you're doing, and there's tons of game left.  Luckily our defense did a great job stopping them only getting the field goal there and that was huge.

Q.  What was going through your mind as the final seconds ticked off?  Has it hit you that you're going to the Super Bowl, because some of your teammates have said they're kind of numb?RUSSELL WILSON:  It's definitely hit me that we're going to the Super Bowl.  To think about it and all of that, I had a feeling we were going anyway.  It was just one of those things that I just believed in what we were doing.  I told our team at the beginning of the year, we had a team meeting just players, and it was something my dad used to tell me.  He used to always when I was younger he would say, "Russ, why not you?"  So I kind of translated that to "why not us?"So it's one of those things that we believed at the beginning of the year that we could get there.  We had an unbelievable talent, great coaching staff, we had the pieces in order, and we just needed to go after it.  That was the biggest thing about the game tonight.  We knew it was going to be a battle to the end.  We knew that the San Francisco 49ers had been playing extremely well.  They've been doing a lot of great things.  So our biggest goal was to just stay in the moment.To go to the Super Bowl, we're excited about it, but at the end of the day, we haven't done anything yet.  We won the NFC West.  That was one of our goals.  We won the NFC Championship game, which isn't easy, and to win the whole NFC, but at the end of the day, only one person gets the prize.  So I think that's the thing that we're focused on and we're moving on to play the Denver Broncos.We played them in the preseason.  They have tremendous talent all across the board.  So we know we're going to have to bring our best game.  Obviously, Peyton Manning is their quarterback that can make a lot of things happen.  So we're excited about the opportunity.  You know, it's a blessing to be where we are right now.  At the end of the day we have a mindset to go 1‑0.  Have a championship season.  We had a championship off‑season.  We had a championship season so far, and our goal was to win the whole thing.

Q.  Russell, it seemed they were playing you guys pretty tight on the line of scrimmage and bringing a lot of pressure early.  Did that first big shot to Doug kind of loosen up the defense for you a little bit more?RUSSELL WILSON:  Yeah, no, Doug Baldwin did a great job.  That is one of the things that we try to pride ourselves in.  Obviously, scramble situations are going to happen.  I'm trying to keep my eyes down field and keep things happening, and Doug Baldwin did a tremendous job of getting behind the defense there.  He made a great catch, and that was huge.  That kind of was our kind of momentum starter, I believe.  We kind of got it going there.  We got some completions and got some things happening.Then we also came down with the other big shot to Jermaine Kearse, and he almost made an unbelievable catch on that one.  Later on he actually makes the touchdown catch.All those things are going to be huge in the next game, obviously, too.  We've got to play big, we've got to play great, and just stay in the moment.  You know, still, the game's still normal though.  It's still first and second and third down.  So if our goal is to win the whole thing, we need to make sure that we stay composed and stay poised and just play one play at a time.

Q.  Russell, the reaction that the city of Seattle has had to you, especially now, how does that make you feel so early in your career?RUSSELL WILSON:  Well, obviously, I love this city.  It's so ironic because I remember when I was getting ready for the combine and all of that and put all the teams in the hat.  I had met Coach Carroll and John Schneider and the whole coaching staff and everything at The Senior Bowl.  I remember putting all the teams in the hat, and I normally don't do that.  But I said whatever team I pull out is going to be the team that picks me.  And sure enough I pulled out the Seattle Seahawks.So I just knew when I got that 425 area code and when it called me on draft day, I just knew it was going to be a blessing.  I knew I was going to be with the right coaching staff.  I knew I was going to be with the right players and the best fans in the National Football League.  Just to be in this city is a very, very special city.We want to do something great for this city, and we want to do something great within this organization.  To do that though we've got to stay on course.  We can't get distracted.  We just need to stay the course.

Q.  After the fumble, Michael Robinson said he was near you on the sidelines and he saw you on the sidelines laughing like you'd already ‑‑ do you remember that moment?  How you managed to get the fumble out of your mind?RUSSELL WILSON:  In terms of the play, you know, the very first play of the game, they got the fumble, the recovery and whatever, and come back to the sidelines, I definitely was I don't think laughing.  But I think for me it's just, you know what?  I've still got a lot of game left.  I'm still here.  There is a reason why I'm here.Just being in the moment, like I said earlier, you have to have amnesia in these situations.  That's kind of the baseball in me.  Just playing one pitch at a time.  It's so true.  You know to be able to have the guys to support you and to have the guys on offense and defense and to pick you up and just knowing we've got a lot of game left.  Keep my focus on what it needs to be focused on.  One play at a time.  That was my goal the whole game just like always and just stay in the moment.

Q.  On the fourth down play, how does it work with the receivers being on alert?  Does Darrell tell you, here's the play call, go with the double count or be alert with the offsides and then you pass it along?  How does that work?RUSSELL WILSON:  I went to the huddle, we called the play.  I'm not going to say the play, but we called the play.  I told them, hey, try to get engaged with the line and receivers.  Hey, listen, we're going to go double count right here, hopefully they go offsides.  If they go offsides take a shot down the field because it is a free play.  Sure enough they did, and Jermaine Kearse came down with a great catch.We practice that stuff all the time.  It's something that you have to use especially playing against a very, very good defense and a great defensive line.  You have to be able to use different snap counts, first down, you know, quick counts, double counts and all that.  So to just make sure that the defense has slowed down a little bit so those ends aren't getting a good jump on the center.  I think that's a huge thing.  Sure enough that was one of the biggest plays, if not thee biggest play of the game.

Q.  There's been some criticism of receivers especially of late.  Do you feel this quieted some of the critics tonight?RUSSELL WILSON:  They've done a great job all year.  To think about our receivers and all the things they've done, there are a couple games I could have played better.  I put that on me, but they've done a tremendous job.  They've come down with clutch catches.At the end of the day, we want to be a team that makes the big play when we need to.  Always make the consistent ones, but make the big play when we need to, and the guys have done that all year.  Doug Baldwin has done that several times, think about the game two weeks ago against the Saints him coming down with that big catch.  Think about the catch he had in Houston on the 3rd down and long.So many different catches he's made, Jermaine Kearse has made, Golden Tate always does his thing and always makes people miss, gets huge first downs for us.  We had a huge first down that he got for us to allow us to get in field goal range and all of that.  So all the things that they've done all year.We've been missing Sidney Rice, we've been missing Percy Harvin, two guys that are some of the best receivers in the National Football League, and the guys who have stepped up have done a tremendous job all year.  They've shown that.  I thought the guys that played a great game, Golden Tate, like I said, he's done so many tremendous things for us.  Jermaine Kearse coming down with big catches, and obviously, Doug Baldwin had a tremendous night tonight as well.

Q.  With the game in the defense's hands toward the end, you guys had built the six‑point lead, what are you thinking?RUSSELL WILSON:  Just trust.  I trust my guys.  I trust our teammates and trust in our defensive coaches.  I had a feeling that we were going to get the ball back.  It just worked out that way all year.  It's just one of those things that I was sitting there and I'm trying to get my mind ready to go back out there if we have enough time.  Then I realize, okay, they're using as much clock as they possibly can.  So we probably don't get the ball back.So it's just one of those things that I'm going to get up here.  I'm going to trust my defense to make a play.  Sure enough, Richard Sherman tips it up and we get the interception, so it doesn't get any better.

Q.  Quarterback versus quarterback, how cool is it for you to go against Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl?RUSSELL WILSON:  Well, it's a tremendous honor.  Obviously, I have so much respect for Peyton and what he's done his whole entire career.  I want to be like him one day in terms of all the things that he's done and how he's gone about his business.  I think that when you think about a quarterback and you think about all the things that go into it, his mind is just so strong.  All the things that he does at the line of scrimmage and all that, and that's where I'm trying to get one day.  I'm just taking one day at a time.But to go against a guy that's definitely going to be a Hall of Famer and one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game is a tremendous honor.  At the same time, it's not me versus him.  It's the Denver Broncos versus the Seattle Seahawks.  It will be a great game, great battle.  We'll prepare the right way and make sure we're ready to go and come out with a lot of energy.The pre‑season game we had, even though it was a preseason game, it was a good game.  So playing in New York will be a great moment.  The field is still 100 yards, 53 and a third, and we can't wait.

Q.  Russell, the final snap, when the game is finally over and you take a knee, is there one thought in your mind?  Are you able to finally think about going to the Super Bowl?  Is that something you think about there?RUSSELL WILSON:  To be honest with you, the thing that I thought about the last snap was, man, I could have been playing baseball right now.  The other thing I thought about is just all the people that told me I couldn't do it and told me that I couldn't get there.  It's one of those things that you just believe in yourself, you believe in what God has given you.I encourage all the kids out there if you have a talent, you have to make sure you have it, but if you have it, go for it.  I've gone for it my whole life.  You'll trip up a couple times here and there, but at the end of the day, I've just always believed in myself, and that's never going to waiver.  That's never going to change.  I'm so grateful for my teammates.  I'm so grateful for Coach Carroll and John Schneider and Paul Allen for giving me the chance to play with this great organization and the fans.It's been an unbelievable all year, and we can't wait to get to New York.  It will be a great game.  It will be a great battle, and we know our fans will be ready to go.