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February 2, 2015 at 1:23 AM

Post-game quotes from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson

Here’s everything that Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had to say after the Super Bowl tonight:

(on the interception at the end of the game) “The last play we had a formation where we could throw it on them. (Ricardo) Lockette was coming underneath, and the guy made a great play. That’s really what it comes down to – the guy just made a great play. I think it was (Malcolm) Butler who made the catch, I’m not sure. I had a chance, was looking, and then he kind of cut in front of it and made a play. I thought it was a touchdown, honestly. Unfortunate situation, man. We played lights out for the most part. We fought so hard. You’ve got to give the Patriots credit. Tom (Brady) made some great plays out there, and he was clutch at the end of the game. I thought we were going to be clutch at the end of the game, too, right there at the end, and it comes down to that last play.”

(on if he thought during the week that Chris Matthews would have that big of a game) “Well, we have so many different receivers that make so many different plays. From Jermaine (Kearse), to Doug Baldwin, to (Ricardo) Lockette – Chris Matthews has been doing a great job all season, really. He hasn’t been up that much because we had Paul Richardson playing, too. I was so proud for Chris. I’m so proud for everybody on our football team. We played as hard as we could, and they made one more play than we did.”

(on if he has been able to process this game yet) “It’s tough to process in the sense of I hate losing. That’s really what it comes down to. It was one play that he made a great play on. Give credit to their team. I’ve watched a lot of Super Bowls, and in my opinion that was one of the better ones – we just didn’t win it. Our goal is to get back next year. Our goal is to prepare the right way. Our goal is to keep your mind right, stay strong mentally and just keep fighting. We have so many great players, so many great people on our football team, our organization. I’m just grateful for the 12th man fans and all the things that they do for us. Hopefully we’ll get back again.”

(on what Head Coach Pete Carroll said when they got into the locker room after the game) “The message from Coach Carroll was just that we played a physical, tough game all the way to the end, and really, like I said, they made one more play than we did. He took the blame for it, whatever, but you know, it’s not his fault. I put the blame on me – the guy made a play. I don’t know what I could have done differently – I need to see it. We were right there, so I put the blame on me. I’m the one that gave him the ball, in a way.”

(on if there was a chance to check out of the play that led to the game-sealing interception) “On that play, no, there wasn’t really a check out of it. We had a good play. If it was a catch, you know, it would be a completely different story. They made a great play, like I said. You’ve got to give credit to (Malcolm) Butler on making that play. I thought it was going to be a touchdown.”

(on if that play could have been a throwaway) “I’d have to look at the film, but in terms of being a throwaway, no, it’s not a throwaway. I mean, the guy just barely cut in front of him. There was a chance to catch it and a chance to make a play, and the guy made a great play. It wasn’t a throwaway situation, really. One inch too far, I guess.”

(on if he was surprised by the play call) “I wasn’t surprised. I think that we’ve done a great job in those situations all year – ever since I’ve been here, we’ve been great in those situations, too. Obviously, you have different options. You hand the ball off to Marshawn (Lynch) – that’s a great option. You can also throw it, which is a great option. We thought we had them, and I thought it was going to be a touchdown when I threw it. When I let it go, I thought it was going to be game over.”

(on Head Coach Pete Carroll saying that New England had their run defense in, and if that changed anything as far as the play call) “You know, when they called the call, I just trusted it like I always do, and just trusted my instincts and trusted the play. There wasn’t really anything else we could do. We were thinking about throwing the ball, scoring a touchdown right there. You can also run it in, but that also runs down the clock a little bit – we could call timeout. It’s just, this could be a completely different situation right now, and it comes down to – that’s just one play. In my opinion, it comes down to one play, and I can use this for the future.”

(on how much this loss hurts) “It definitely hurts. You think about everything you go through all year and all the ups and downs, just how great we played throughout this game. At the same time, I love the guys that I have around me, I love the people I have around me, so I hate feeling that I’m the one who lost it, in a way. For me, I keep my head up though. I know that I prepare and I know I get ready. I know I play my heart out and I know the rest of the guys play their heart out. So when you do that, you can’t worry about it too much. You just have to focus on what you can do to keep everybody together in terms of mentally and spiritually with it, and just keep staying after it.”

(on if this is something that his team can learn from) “Yeah, we’re such a young team. We have so much talent, so many guys that can make plays and be solid, so I definitely think something can be learned from it. I’ve lost some close games in my career, just college and the NFL, and I’ve also won a lot of close ones, too. That’s what we can be focused on. Keep focusing on persevering. Keep focusing on guys you have around you, and keep focusing on caring about those guys and working, and just continuing to fight.”

(on if he saw where Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler was before the snap on the interception play) “Yeah, I saw where he was, and he just made a great instinct play. Really, honestly a great play. It wasn’t a touchdown.”

(on if a pass could have worked in that situation) “Well, it could work, for sure. It looked like it worked, and he made a play.”

(on if they have thrown to wide receiver Ricardo Lockette much in that situation in practice) “Yeah, we’ve definitely done that a lot. He’s definitely done that a lot, prepared for that.”

(on how tough it is having the best running back and running quarterback in the league, and losing after being on the 1-yard line at the end of the game) “I’ve watched a lot of games and have been in a lot of games, and it always hurts to lose. It doesn’t matter how you win it – you just want to score one more point than they do. There’s so many different things we could have done throughout the game, I think, to just solidify a potential win for us, but it didn’t happen for us today. Tom Brady, I give a lot of credit to him and what he did tonight – he made some great plays. Being on the 1-yard line, 2-yard line, whatever we were – I wish we had scored. I don’t care who scores, I don’t care how we do it – as long as we find a way.”

(on if he was going to WR Ricardo Lockette the entire time on the interception play or if there was another read) “There was another read on the other side, but that wasn’t the side I was supposed to go to. I trusted my progression on it and like I said, (Malcolm) Butler made a great play.”

(on if he has seen the play yet) “I haven’t – I really want to see it. I tried to look at it on the field, but it hadn’t popped up yet.”

(on Head Coach Pete Carroll taking the blame on that play and if that is fair) “I put the blame on me – I’m the one who threw it. It’s something you learn from, it’s something you grow from. I’m proud of our guys about the way that we got down the field there in that situation. We had so many great plays, and we’re right there. We’ll just keep learning and keep growing.”

(on if he was surprised by that play call) “I wasn’t surprised at all.”

(on if there was a moment of shock when he threw the interception) “It’s just a moment of disappointment, you know? We’re right there – we wish that we make that play. We’ve had so many great plays. When you’re a championship-type football team, you’re going to make a lot of great plays. There’s going to be some plays that you don’t make, but you just keep believing that you’re going to make the one. I’ve had a lot of success and I’ve had some failures, but I just keep staying focused on that I believe that you’re going to make it every time. I’m just grateful for the guys I have around me and grateful for how hard those guys worked. We played our hearts out. We played our hearts out every game, every practice, every situation. We played out hearts out this game, and we just fell short.”

(on if he questioned the play-call) “I don’t question the call. I thought it was a good call. I thought we could have scored a touchdown there. We didn’t, and that’s what it really came down to. Like I said earlier, you’ve got to give the Patriots credit. You give Tom (Brady) credit for what he did and what he’s done in his career. Seeing him after the game and talking to him – I admire the guy because he plays with his heart out, he plays with true grit. I want to be like that one day. I just keep working, and I think our team just keeps working. I think we’re in a great situation, and I’m grateful for the guys that are around me. I’m grateful for all the plays that we’ve made and the plays that we will make in the future. I expect us to win. I expect us to be back here. I expect us to continue to keep our head up and keep moving, because we have guys with great character, guys that love the game of football and guys that love each other. I’m grateful for everybody. I’m grateful for the Seahawks, and just grateful for the situation. Disappointing, but I believe that we’ll be back. Go Hawks.”



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