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While the game was a classic in its own right, this years NFC championship game will be remembered for its postgame antics. After assisting in the game winning interception, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman had some words for 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree. In the now infamous postgame interview with Fox Erin Andrews, Sherman called San Francisco’s top receiver “a sorry receiver” and exclaimed “Don’t you ever talk about me!”

Sherman has been attacked with criticism for this and other interviews. The Pro Bowl corner has been labeled a “classes” as well as a “thug”. These are absolutely ridiculous labels to place on a player who just made the game clinching play.

Lets start off with the fact that the Seahawks and 49ers hate each other. This isn’t a mutual respect, but we want to win type of hatred. This is a “I want to see you suffer” type of hatred. Everyone knows this. In the week building up to this game, multiple players (on both teams) made comments above their dislike for one another. 49ers middle linebacker Patrick Willis said, “ There’s no question there’s a lot of hostility between us.”

Even the Head Coaches dislike each other. After the then Jim Harbaugh led Stanford Cardinals beat Pete Carrols USC Trojans in 2009, the coaches had words for each other during the postgame handshake. With hostility floating, Harbaugh mocked Carrol by saying, “what’s your deal?”

Lets not forget that this game was personal for the former Stanford Cardinal.

First there was the fact that he had this ongoing rivalry with Michael Crabtree. The two had words for each other during Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s charity softball game last year. According to Sherman, “Crabtree said something to me, and I told him I’d make him pay for it on the field.” I don’t know about everyone else, but that sure does sound professional to me. Instead of going back at Crabtree over Twitter or Facebook, he went out and used it as fuel to win football games.

The rivalry doesn’t end there. San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh used to coach Sherman at Stanford.  Since then, Harbaugh and Sherman have thrown shots at each other threw the media. Notably, responding to a question about Harbaughs complaints about the lack of flags thrown against the Seattle secondary, Sherman noted “Sometimes, man, when the bully gets bullied, that’s how that happens.”

Now lets get to the incident at hand. You just made the play of the game to clinch the NFC championship game against your bitter rivals. You just realized your going to the Super Bowl. You wouldn’t be excited? Richard Sherman took all of his energy, all of his excitement, and just let it out. He didn’t curse, he didn’t say anything inappropriate, he let the reporter ask her question in its entirety and responded.

As far as his claims that he is the best corner in the game, he is. This season, Sherman recorded 8 interceptions (league high) and 16 pass defended. Furthermore, in 18 games, Sherman only allowed two receivers to go for over 100 yards against him. In this game, the all-pro corner held Crabtree to four catches for 52 yards. With numbers like these, he has the right to boast.

What did you expect? Richard Sherman, in just his 4th year in the NFL, is going to his 1st Super Bowl. Forgive him if he was a little excited that all his hard work paid off.

 

By: Gary Younger

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So you want your predictions for this weeks games? Well here they are from the pros at the fifth quarter themselves!

GAMES

CAR@TB

DAL@DET

CLE@KC

MIA@NE

BUF@NO

NYG@PHI

SF@JAX

NYJ@CIN

PIT@OAK

WAS@DEN

ATL@ARI

GB@MIN

SEA@STL

Oren’s Picks

Dallas over DET 31-27

KC over CLE 35-16

NE over Miami 31-14

NO over BUF 38-17

PHI over NYG 27-24

San Fran over JAX 24-17

PIT over OAK 27-20

DEN over WAS 42-31

ATL over ARI 24-20

GB over MIN 28-13

SEA over STL 37-13

 

 

Daniel’s Picks

DAL beats DET 28-21

KC over CLE 42-17

NE over Miami 35-10

NO over BUF 28-3

PHI over Giants 35-17

SF over JAX 28- 17

OAK over PIT 35-32

DEN over WAS 49-38

ARI over ATL 28-10

CIN over NYJ 31-28 OT

GB over MIN 28-7

SEA over STL 35-10

 

 

Jeremy’s Picks

DET over DAL 38-31

KC over CLE 21-10

MIA over NE 24-21

BUF over NO 27-24

NYG over PHI 31-24

SF over JAX 31-6

PIT over OAK 17-15

DEN over WASH 42-38

ATL over ARI 28-14

CIN over NYJ 28-20

GB over MIN 31-10

SEA over STL 35-3

 

 

Avi’s Picks

DET over DAL 24-20

SF over JAX 24-13

KC over CLE 23-14

NE over MIA 31- 21

NO over BUF 35-10

NYG over PHI 24-21

CIN over NYJ 27-17

PIT over OAK 20-17

DEN over WAS 38-30

GB over MIN 28-13

AZ over ATL 20-17

SEA over STL 24-9

 

 

Gary’s Picks

DET over DAL 27-24

SF over JAX 27-10

KC over CLE 24-6

NE over MIA 34- 21

NO over BUF 31-24

PHI over NYG 17-10

CIN over NYJ 31-10

PIT over OAK 20-17

DEN over WAS 48-38

GB over MIN 24-13

ATL over ARI 20-17

SEA over STL 34-10

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DEF/ST

#10 NYJ DEF starts the list. The Jets aren’t a bad play they have proven they can stop the run and with Rex any situation is manageable.

#9 Atlanta DEF needs to step up after the bye week they will against Arizona. Start them with confidence.

#8 The no-fly zone. TB against Carolina get ready for a low scoring game.

#7 New Orleans is my next best DEF for this list going against BUF if they can stop the run they are in business.

#6 Well the Jets are good, but the Bengles DEF will show power all day. They are one of the most underrated defenses in the league and will be giving every team a fight. Watch this team make the playoffs and ride their DEF all the way there.

#5 NE is going against a divisional foe at home. Well that’s enough to put them in the top 5 even with all their injuries. The dolphins may be the best team in the division now aside for them, but the Jets are right in the rear view mirror

#4 This list can’t be complete without SEA defense. Arguably the best in the league and with a backup QB next week against STL well the only thing missing is playing at home.

#3 Without a running game just gotta play them like the winless team they were before losing their all star. Carolina DEF will have a field day against the Bucs this week.

#2 They are undefeated because of the running game and just as important the defense. KC is the place to be now in the football world right by their rival Denver.

#1 Well it has been almost as obvious as the sky is blue. The number one defense is always the one who plays the Jaguars and this week it is an elite defense. San Fran gets my play of the week on D