Here is a transcript of what Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had to say to the media following the win today:
Q: Not a bad day at all.
A: Yeah, that was a great team win. That was big to come to New York, come all the way from the West Coast to the East Coast and get a great win like that. The defense did its job today. The offense kept drives alive. We made some plays when we needed to. Got some touchdowns when we needed to. Marshawn Lynch had a great day today, I thought. Robert Turbin had a really good day, too, stepping up for him. Doug Baldwin looked great today catching the football once again. It was a great day. I think we all did a great job.
Q: 23 wins as a second-year player. Does it matter.
A: It does matter. Obviously, winning a lot of games is really important. That’s what we come to do every day. When we come to work our goal is to win the day. Have a championship day, have a championship off-season, have a championship year. So, that’s important. I think that at the end of the day, God has given me the ability and God has put me in the right place at the right time with the right team, but also you think about our football team. You have to give credit to the defense, you have to give credit to our offense, and our special teams and our coaching staff. They do a tremendous job of putting us in the right situations at the right time. And then when we come back home, the 12th man is always there. They are here when we play on the road, so the 12th man does a great job of collecting those wins, too.
Q: You guys have already clinched a playoff berth. What have you learned about playing on this field that you could use in the Super Bowl?
A: That’s a great question. I think the biggest thing that we can learn from playing here and getting a win is we’ll just have a great feel for the stadium. We’ve been here before, we were successful here. That’s a positive thing. To get to the Super Bowl, though, we have a lot more work to do. Obviously, we have two games left back at home. Our mindset is to go 1-0 every game. Have a championship game, have a championship preparation, so if we can continue to do that, we’ll give ourselves a good chance. We’ll see what happens. Obviously, getting a huge win here is a great thing for us. You get good vibes when you come back. That’s a positive thing. New York City, Jersey, wherever we want to call it, is a great place to play. So, if we can get there, that’ll be great.
Q: What changed when you got it going with Doug Baldwin in the second quarter.?
A: I think the biggest thing is just continue to trust your reads. Don’t make things up. Just continue to make sure to trust what you see. Doug Baldwin did a great job of getting open for us when we needed him to. He’s done that all season. Obviously, we have Golden Tate out there and him accelerating down the field. And also Jermaine Kearse. And then you have Doug Baldwin underneath, getting open, finding ways to get open. It makes it tough on a defense. We’ve got a lot of talent at the receiver position. They are doing a great job. Zach Miller is a tremendous football player too and Luke Wilson. It puts pressure on the defense. They don’t know who to cover at the right time. I think the biggest thing is continue to trust your reads and trust what you are seeing.
Q: Were you disappointed it didn’t snow today or grateful there was no weather?
A: I’m always grateful just to be able to play the game of football. It would have been cool to play in the snow today. Yesterday, it was just coming down. I think, however many inches we had, maybe eight inches of snow here yesterday in the New York, Jersey area. But today was a beautiful day. The sun came out. We brought our intensity on the road. Our 12th-man fans came as well. It was just a great atmosphere for us. I thought we played a great game. To be able to come up with five turnovers for our defense against a very, very good quarterback in Eli Manning and to be able to shut them out. I’m sure that hasn’t happened in 30 years probably, 20 years. So for that to happen in the fashion that we did it and to get a huge win when we need one is a great thing for our football team.
Q: Besides us asking about it, did it enter your thought process that this is where the Super Bowl is going to be?
A: Yeah, it crosses your mind. Obviously, the Super Bowl is here and everything. But the biggest thing, as a competitor, you want to block those things out. Ignore the noise. That’s what I try to tell our football team. Just be able ignore the noise and not pay attention to all the outside things. And just staying focused on our main goal. Our main goal all season, all off-season, is to have a championship day, and a championship game. So that’s the way we’ve been preparing. When you set your mind on that and get your mind ready to prepare at a high level and so game in and game out we’ve been able to show that.
Q: You didn’t seem distracted by going in the MLB Rule 5 Draft.
A: To get drafted by the Texas Rangers is obviously a great opportunity. God continues to bless me and that sort of thing. It’s a great organization. Obviously, my focus is on football. My focus is on what I’m doing right now. The Rangers understand that, too. It’s no question that obviously I love the game of football and that’s where my focus is. I’m trying to win one game at a time and see how far our football team can go this year.
Q: How did the defense today affect how the offense approached the game?
A: Obviously, our defense, man, was lights out today. The fact that they got that many turnovers. Richard Sherman, I believe, came up with two interceptions today. He’s tough to throw it against. I go against him everyday so I get to see it everyday. And then, obviously, Byron Maxwell did a tremendous job. Just to be able to think about him, think about what Maxwell’s doing. To step in for Brandon Browner and make all the plays he is making with such poise and such confidence out there. He’s done a tremendous job for us. I think that’s three picks in the past two games for him. So, he’s done a tremendous job. And then Earl Thomas running from sideline to sideline. So, just the energy our defense brings our offense is a great thing. And we continue to bring the energy from the offense to the defense when they go out there. So, it’s a great team effort. Our special teams is doing a great job. We’ve got guys flying down on kickoffs and punt returns. Golden Tate is doing a tremendous job on punt returns. So, it’s a collective team effort. That’s what Coach Carroll is all about. It’s all about the team. It’s all about protecting our football team and going out there and putting on a show. That’s what we want to do. We want to be great. Every time we step out on the field, inside the white lines and just play one play at a time and see how good that one play can be.
Q: What was the best part about your offense being able to move the ball down the field?
A: Well the best part about our offense, what we do well is when we get in a rhythm, it’s hard to stop us. We have a great running back in Marshawn Lynch. We got a great backup in Robert Turbin. So, those two guys right there are workhorses. And then just being able to spread the football out. We got so many guys catching the football right now. That’s what we want to do. We want to be able to throw it to Kellen Davis and Zach Miller and Luke Wilson. We want to throw it to Doug Baldwin and Ricardo Lockette and Jermaine Kearse and Golden Tate. So all those guys getting their hands on it. And then Marshawn Lynch did a great job catching the football today. So it makes it challenging for the defense to understand what we are trying to do right now. We understand the whys of football and understand what we are trying to do and the purpose of each play. So when we grasp our minds around that, it gives us a chance to excel.
Q: How much was throwing to Marshawn designed and how much was it a product of the game?
A: I think the throws to Marshawn were more so trusting what I see, going through my reads and he’s open. Throw it to the open guy. That’s one of the things Coach Smith and I always say. You know football, everyone tries to make it so complicated, but you trust what you see, trust your instincts and trust your receivers. I mean, you try to get the ball to the open guy. Marshawn Lynch did a tremendous job today. That’s one of our goals, Marshawn’s and my goals, to be one of the best quarterback-running back tandems in terms of throwing the football, in terms of running the football too as well. Being on the same page all the time. That’s what we continue to work on all.