Russell Wilson met with the media at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Thursday, three days before the Seahawks' divisional round playoff game against the Panthers in Carolina.
Here's three things we learned from the Seattle quarterback:
1. Cam Newton Probably Deserves NFL MVP
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton finished 2015 with 35 touchdown passes to 10 interceptions and added 10 more touchdowns with his legs. He led the Panthers to the NFL's best record at 15-1, earning the NFC's No. 1 seed and a first-round playoff bye in the process. Wilson said if he had a vote for NFL MVP, it would likely go to Newton.
"I think that when it comes to MVP he probably deserves it," Wilson said. "15-1, that's hard to do. I think he's had a great year."
One of Newton's 15 wins this year came against the Seahawks, a Week 6 game at CenturyLink Field where the Carolina signal caller led two 80-yard fourth-quarter touchdown drives in a 27-23 victory. Wilson said Newton "really stepped up in that game" and has demonstrated an ability to play "clutch football" all season long.
"Whenever he's on TV I love watching him play, since college, too," Wilson said of Newton, who won the Heisman Trophy at Auburn in 2010. "Got a lot of respect for him. Hopefully, he doesn't play too good, but it's one of those things we're looking forward to playing."
2. Legacies Are Built in the Postseason
The Seahawks have played in the postseason every year since Wilson has been at quarterback. The club went 1-1 his rookie year in 2012, making the playoffs as a wild-card team and falling to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round. In 2013-14, the Seahawks won the NFC West and owned the conference's No. 1 playoff seed both seasons, appearing in back to back Super Bowls and winning Super Bowl XLVIII to collect their first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.
What Wilson's fourth year in the playoffs will bring still remains to be seen, but he acknowledged that collecting those postseason victories are what a player's legacy is built upon.
"I definitely think so," Wilson said. "As athletes and as competitors, when you're an ultimate competitor, ultimately what you want to do is win. That's the number one thing, for me at least, that I think you judge people on. I think that as a team that's what you really care about. You don't care about all the statistics, you don't care about how hard the journey was, or how easy the journey was. Ultimately, it's the finish. How you finish and how you find ways to win."
3. Seattle Has Been Historically Successful on the Road
Including last week's 10-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings, the Seahawks have won a franchise-record six-consecutive road games, a stretch that started back on Oct. 22 at San Francisco. Dating back to 2012, Wilson's first year under center, the Seahawks have gone 20-9 away from home and have gone 9-6 in their last 15 games with 10 a.m. PT kickoffs (each record includes the playoffs).
With another 10 a.m. road game coming up this weekend, Wilson was asked about the Seahawks' success playing in unfamiliar territory.
"I think that goes back to the championship pedigree and the mentality that we have and the preparation that we put into it," Wilson said. "We've been successful on the road, we've been successful in big moments, and even in times where the game might not be going our way, we find a way to overcome. I think that's the toughness, I think that's the resiliency that we play with and that you have to play with to be at this level over and over again."
If Seattle wants to keep its postseason alive, it will have to win this Sunday at Carolina and again on the road in the NFC Championship at either Green Bay or Arizona - whichever team emerges from this weekend's divisional round - before it advances to Super Bowl 50.
"There's no fear in this football team," Wilson said. "Never has been, never will be."
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