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Sherman: 'Grind, grind, grind'

Everything Richard Sherman had to say:

(on his thoughts towards QB Russell Wilson and the win)

(on his walk-through of his pick-six) "It was a play we had seen on film that they like to run on short yardage. And coming out of the end zone, they like to jump it to the guy in the flat, roll (Matt) Schaub out, and usually either send the fullback or the receiver on an in-and-back-out route with a corner out behind him. It was one of those plays where you have to take the opportunity for what it was. If you jump it, you're pretty much leaving the safety one-on-one with the corner route behind you. But, with our safety and our guys, Earl (Thomas) did a great job disguising it, I was able to jump it, but he didn't throw it where I thought he was. He kind of put air under it so his guy could grab it, and I was able to wrestle it away from him, then it was just heart and resilience. It's one of those, you need to get to the end-zone. Our offense was struggling a little bit and I felt like our defense needed to make the play. So, I was able to get to the end-zone and it was a big-time play. I think that was the turning point also. I think that was the turning point in the game when we evened it out and when we brought it to 20-20. Our offense just continued to fight, they continued to grind out. Grind, grind, grind. I think that's what our running game does and I think that's what they were able to do."

(on the importance of the defense's ability to maintain confidence after the less successful first half) "Belief in our selves is always evident throughout the game. Regardless of what happened in the first half, we think that we can come out and shut anybody down. They're a great ball club. They're going to come out and make plays. Arian (Foster) made some plays, Ben Tate made some plays, Owen Daniels made some plays. 80 (Andre Johnson) is obviously going to make his plays, but we were able to be resilient, continue to believe, continue to have faith in ourselves and one another and our teammates, and I think that's what brings us closer. We appreciate games like this because it brings us closer as a team and as a defense."

(on what they need to focus on in order to win another away game next week) "Just eliminating mistakes. There were a lot of mistakes made in the first half and we need to eliminate those mistakes. If we are able to eliminate those mistakes that we made in the first half, I think we are able to keep the ball game closer and give our offense a better chance to make some plays in a ball game. I think we put that on ourselves as a defense. They made plays, they made a lot of plays and we gave up a lot of yards in the first half and I think that is uncharacteristic of what we do as a defense and we need to correct that first of all."

(on being able to pull away with a win unlike the 2013 playoff game versus Atlanta Falcons) "I think that's exactly what it felt like. That's what guys went back to when we came into half time. Guys were like, 'This is the exact adversity we went through in Atlanta, in Washington.' Where we're down, we're down and things aren't going well, but there's never a sense of doubt. There was never a sense of doubt in our offence, in our defense, or in our special teams. Guys always believe, they continue to believe and I think that game was the reason we believe because we were able to come back in that game. We were able to make the plays we needed to make.  Regardless of how you get the win, it was a win. Guys stood up when they needed to stand up, offense came through at points when they needed to come through at points, defense was able to step up and make plays when we needed to make plays. And, that's the way you win games like this on the road at 12 o'clock. A lot of people think we can't win them and in order to win them, it's going to be ugly sometimes, it's going to be an ugly win, it's going to be a gutty win. But you've got guys like Russell Wilson, our O-line (offense line) banged up, but you've got rookies out there grinding.  Marshawn (Lynch) is in beast mode, being himself. Doug (Baldwin) is making outstanding plays on the sideline. Things like that happen."

(on the importance of showing fans their ability to win games on the road) "I think it was important for our ball club just to win on the road, just to continue our win streak. I don't think our franchise has ever started 4 and 0. And I think that was important for us, to be that stepping stone, to continue to advance, to continue to grow as a team. For Russell (Wilson) to grind, to not have a pretty game, not have a great stat game but still get the victory, do enough things to get the win, make enough plays, for our O-line (offensive line) to open enough holes, get enough yards to get the win. Not necessarily have the prettiest win, those kinds of games make champion teams."

(on if he was watching Kam Chancellor under pressure) "I wasn't watching him per say. I knew it was coming. I picked the same play against our scout team on Friday because we knew it was coming. Kam brings the pressure. I disguise earl disguises and then you come make the play not everybody can make that play because it takes some risk. It's a high risk high reward kind of play. Where you got to jump and you might get beat. You might get beat over the top for a 20-30 yard play if he gets the ball down there, but if you make the play and you get a pick-6 you change the game for your team. Earl Thomas made a few plays in this ball game, Kam made some plays; B.B. (Brandon Browner) made a few clutch stops and our defense as a whole. We stand up when we need to"

(on what it was like seeing DE Michael Bennett carried off and come back at the end of the game) "It was an emotional time for us as defense. Just to see, he's kind of the spark plug in our defense. He's always in the backfield. He's always doing something. He's disruptive in every facet of the game, and to see him carted off was emotion but to see him come back, he came back with tears in his eyes. It kind of got us teary eyed, it got us emotional, got us ready to go. He said, 'Man just come on, win this for me. I'm not going to be able to come back in this one.' You're kind of getting me teary eyed right now. Because guys that you grind with, guys that you fight with, guys that you continue to go to battle with, you never want to see them out of the game, you never want to see them on the sideline and get carted off in that kind of way and I think just seeing him come back gave us the spark that we needed."

(on if he knew he was going to have the chance to make the interception when he saw the play call) "Yeah, as soon as he made the call, we knew the situation we were in. It was a third and short. It was a play they liked. They gave us a formation we liked. They motioned down to a stack which is what we expected to see. And then it's about making a play. Everything isn't going to go as planned. He isn't going to put the ball in my hands. You have to go out there and take it from him and in that play I really had to take it from the guy. He had his hands on the ball and I was able to wrestle it away. But you have to know, just because you jump it, just because you know it, you jump it. They can still complete it. These guys are NFL football players; they're here for a reason. (Matt) Schaub is a great quarterback; he's going to get it where he needs to get it. I was able to wrestle it away and just go."

(on what he thinks when he knows exactly what he has to do in that play) "Make the play. It's like you get on fast break layup for a game winner, you still got to make it. You still got to make the play. It's not like the ball is just going to get in the hoop. So I focused on everything I needed to focus on, my indicators. I made sure my feet were under me and as soon as I saw the ball in the air, I went for it aggressively and so did their tight-end. He went for it aggressively. And once I got it away from him, it was just a fight. Fight through any tackle, any anything and pick your legs up. I lost my shoe. I lost my shoe for I think 50-something yards. It might be the longest return without a shoe in the NFL. You got to check that. I got the shoe back. If that was the end of the game, I don't think I would have gotten it back, but I got it back because I had to finish the game."

(on the interview conducted with his mother and her prediction about him having a pick-six near the end of the game) "I don't know, she's a pretty special woman. She's done a lot of incredible things. You can add prophet to that if you want, to her list of things. But my mom is an incredible woman, so is my dad an incredible man. Without them I wouldn't be where I am today. I appreciate them and I appreciate you bringing that up because she's the one who predicted these kinds of things. You know, predicted I'd be something special."

(on what this game says about QB Russell Wilson) "I think that says he's an outstanding young man and I think he's exactly what we thought he was. There's no sophomore slump for him. Teams are going to figure out that he's not going to be able to run it every time. He's not a one-dimensional quarterback. He tries to stay back there and throw it. And as soon as they forgot about his running ability, he took risks; he put his body on the line for the team. He knew we needed him to run. We needed him to get down the field and make some exciting plays. He made some unbelievable plays down the stretch for us. I think that says he loves his team and he does anything for a win. He is a gritty ball player and when you got a guy like that leading your team, you think you can win in any game, any situation, any opportunity you give him the ball, he is going to make something happen."