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January 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Golden Tate: “I don’t expect them to change too much”

Seattle receiver Golden Tate met the media prior to practice today. Here’s some of what he said as he talked about Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the 49ers, and other stiff:

(On what it means to him to play in the NFC Championship…) “Right now, it’s just another game for us to play. Just trying to have the best week that I possibly can to put myself in the best position, to do well and help this team and I’m sure things might change on Sunday when  really realize the magnitude of this game. But right now, I’m trying to focus in on the game plan and understand who the 49ers are and what they’re trying to do to us.”

(On if it’s been harder to prepare this week with all of the distractions…) “It’s been different; I wouldn’t say harder. I haven’t had a problem focusing out at practice. So it’s just been different. I’ve never been up here on this stage and spoken to so many people, but it’s fine.”

(On what’s different about the Seahawks from other teams in terms of playing with a chip on their shoulders…) “We’re committed, we’re really committed to what Coach Carroll is teaching us day in and day out. We’re very, very competitive, and we know that the sky is the limit for us and as long as we’re continuously working hard, trying to get better, we always feel like we can a little better every single day, every play and we’re just driven. We want to be the best and we have guys like Russell Wilson, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, myself, Doug Baldwin, showing every single day; leading by example because we know… I mean I’ve been here for, this is my fourth year now and I’ve seen this team grow from when I first came in to now and it’s fun. It’s fun to be a part of.”

(On if he’s seen anything different in the 49ers’ defensive game play since they have different personnel in the secondary…) “They seem to be the same team. I don’t expect them to change too much. They’re going to play 49er football and we’re going to play Seahawks football. I feel like whoever plays the most disciplined and wins the turnover ratio is probably going to win the game. This is a very, very good team, a very disciplined team. As long as we stay on schedule I believe we’re going to give ourselves a really good shot to win and what I mean by staying on schedule is we can’t start off drives first and fifteen because of silly penalties. We can’t have a big gain and then have it called back because of a holding or whatever it may be. So as long as we stay on schedule, I’m very excited for this opportunity.”

(On if playing against the 49ers has always felt like a rivalry game or has it developed over time…) “It’s been a pretty big rivalry since I’ve been here. We’ve evolved to be the two of the best teams in our division and now two of the best teams in the league. So naturally, that’s going to be a very intense game. We’re thankful that we get another opportunity to win this series I guess. For one that really, really matters the most to go onto the Super Bowl. I’m excited. It’s going to be fun, but like I said, it’s a great team, great coaching staff and some really good players. So it’s going to be fun.”

(On how the Seahawks has addressed the penalty issues throughout the season…) “We’re continuously trying to get better and we’re trying to solve that problem but we’re playing aggressive. We’re playing aggressive, good football. I mean every now and then, we make a bonehead mistake and we’ve just got to mentally stay focused, don’t let anything get in front of that. It’s a new week; we’re excited about the opportunity. We’re coming back home, which I think is going to be huge and here we go. We plan to play disciplined football, but things happen during the course of the game.”

(On if he pays attention to what people outside of football say…) “I’m trying to stay away from it. I’m just trying to stay focused. What’s happening outside of this locker room really doesn’t matter. It’s not going to help us win. So I’m just trying to stay close to the guys that I’m going out to practice with every day, the coaches that are coaching me up and thankfully I have some family in town that I get spend some time with. But we’re trying to give ourselves the best chance we can to win.”

(On if the team has talked about controlling one’s emotions against the 49ers…) “That’s one thing that we try to do every single day is to control our emotions and play championship football. It’s going to tough. Going against two great teams and it’s for so much and it’s the third time that we’re playing the 49ers, but at the end of the day, we just stay on schedule. Just stay on schedule. I mean coaches aren’t telling us to be robots by any means, but we need to play smart football. Don’t let our emotions dictate our actions that could get us in trouble with penalties or whatever it may be. So we’re going to try and keep everything in check, just play fundamental, disciplined Seahawks football and again, I think we’re going to be just fine.”

(On if the Seahawks wide receiving core are underrated…) “I do. I’m around these guys every single day, I see the plays that they make every single day and I honestly feel like if you put any of our receivers in the whole entire room and go somewhere and catch 90 balls, be well over 1,000 yards, but that’s not how this offense works and the good thing about it is we’re unselfish players. We want to win. So we just do our jobs. We take a lot of pride in blocking for Marshawn [Lynch] and [Robert] Turbin and when the big plays call, I feel like more times than not, we’re going to come up with the big ball. Example, Doug Baldwin last week. That was a huge ball he caught that kind of helped us win. So we’re very, very confident. We hear it all the time that we’re not worth squat, but at the end of the day, we make the plays that we need to make to help us win and we’re sitting 14-3 right now, playing in the NFC Championship. You can’t do that without us or the tight ends or the running backs.”

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