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Seahawks more settled this time

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SEATTLE -- When they walked off the field in Atlanta last January after blowing their chance to play for the NFC championship in the final seconds, there were varying emotions brewing in the Seattle Seahawks' locker room.

Anger, disappointment and reflection were widespread. Some, like quarterback Russell Wilson, were already peeking ahead at what appeared to be a bright future. Others never wanted to experience those emotions again.

"We never want to feel that feeling again," Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said this week. "I think as motivated as New Orleans is from what happened to them the last time they came here, we're just as motivated from what happened in Atlanta. We don't ever want to go there and feel that feeling of regret, of disappointment, of anger, of frustration, of all those things that you felt after that game that you felt like you should have won."

The Seahawks chance at making amends for what happened in last season's playoffs arrives today when they host New Orleans in the NFC divisional playoff.

But now the Seahawks aren't the upstarts with little pressure and limited expectations. They are the top seed in the NFC coming off a 13-3 regular season that matched the best in franchise history and well aware anything short of a trip to the Super Bowl would be a massive disappointment.

After having last week off, the Seahawks say they're ready for this playoff experience.

"When we first got there last year a lot of the guys we didn't know what to expect. We're just young, wanting to go out there, have fun and do our best," Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. "Now we kind of expect the atmosphere we know what we're going into, and we know it's going to be amped up so we're going to be just as amped up to repeat it."

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 11, 2014 C5

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