Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had his weekly meeting with reporters Thursday, and at one point he was asked if he had taken a moment yet to realize the mania this playoff run has spawned in the area.
“Like I always say, there’s no time to sleep,” Wilson said. “There’s an opportunity to be great and just focus on what we have in front of us, and that’s playing the Atlanta Falcons. There’s a lot to be excited about, there’s a lot of energy, but the key is staying on an even keel and just playing one game at a time, one play at a time, one day at a time, one practice at at time, and I think if we take that mentality, it will give us the best chance to win. Obviously we’re going into a hostile crowd and (playing) a great football team, and we’re going to have to play an A-plus game.”
Wilson has shown recently that he’ll do just about anything to get the win. A couple times a game now, it seems, he’s serving as a lead blocker for running back Marshawn Lynch down the sideline.
One reporter asked Wilson if he might look to change that approach, particularly since Falcons won’t be afraid to hit him.
“No, I know that’s part of the game,” Wilson said. “When you’re down field, they’re going to try to possibly block you. But I don’t try to take on linebackers or defensive linemen or anything crazy like that. Hopefully it’s somebody my size; otherwise I’ll be pretty smart about it.”
And how about the possibility of Lynch, all 215 pounds on him, crashing into him from behind?
“That’s why I try to accelerate though,” Wilson said with a smile, “because I knew he was coming after me.”
There will be plenty of challenges Sunday against an Atlanta defense that ranked fifth-best in the NFL in points allowed, not to mention being inside a loud stadium. The Georgia Dome will provide one advantage, however, compared to last week, and that’s in a stable and predictable FieldTurf playing surface.
It would be no bother to the unflappable Wilson anyway.
“I’m happy to play every day I wake up,” he said. “Wherever, whenever.”