Russell Wilson can’t wait to start practicing for Falcons

Posted Jan 7, 2013

Russell Wilson had just led the Seahawks to the franchise’s first road playoff victory since 1983, but the rookie quarterback already was setting his sights on next Sunday’s divisional game against the Falcons.

LANDOVER, Md. – Of all the impressive rookie quarterbacks in the NFL this season, Russell Wilson is the only one who was able to lead his team to a playoff victory.

But after the Seahawks had dispatched the Washington Redskins 24-14 in their NFC wild-card game here on Sunday, Wilson had other thoughts on his mind.

“The great thing is, we get another opportunity to get back this week and continue to practice and continue to focus on the little details and how we can execute,” Wilson said in the interview room that was across the hall from the Seahawks’ locker room at FedExField.

“When you’re in the playoffs, the goal is just to win. No matter what the circumstances are. Obviously if we make those plays, that will give us an even better chance. So we’re looking forward to this week of practice.”

That chance, that next opportunity, comes next Sunday in Atlanta against the Falcons. They went 13-3 during the regular season to earn the top seed in the NFC, and a bye in the first round of the playoffs.

“We came up with some huge, huge plays tonight to come up with a huge victory,” Wilson said. “Now we have another huge feat in front of us. We’ve got to go to Atlanta and play a great game.”

Yes, he passed for one of the Seahawks’ touchdowns and helped block for the other against the Redskins. Yes, he got the better of a gimpy Robert Griffin III on Sunday, when Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts also were eliminated from the playoffs in a loss to the Ravens in Baltimore.

Luck and Griffin were the first two players selected in April’s NFL Draft, when Wilson was the 75th – in the third round.

“People always ask me: Do I have a chip on my shoulder being a third-round draft pick?” Wilson said. “It doesn’t matter where I was taken, if I was a first-round draft pick – No. 1 overall, second overall, third overall. I’m blessed to be a Seattle Seahawk. That’s all that matters to me.

“As far as our football team, I believe that we do play with a chip on our shoulder just because I believe we have this little energy to come and just prove every week, week to week, that we can play with anybody, anytime, anyplace. And that’s our mentality.”

It’s a mentality that involves looking to the next challenge, not dwelling on the one that was just met.

“The goal is to win a lot of games,” Wilson said. “To help my football team win, and to help the Seattle Seahawks go where we want to go. We’re not there yet. That’s all I know and I want to take one game at a time and just keep working.”

That has worked so far, as Wilson already has led the Seahawks to the third-highest victory total in franchise history during the regular season (11) and now a historic playoff victory on the road.

“To come out with a huge win my first playoff game as a rookie against a great football team,” Wilson said, “that was awesome.”