Stay away from Richard Sherman

After the game was over and the blue-and-green confetti was about to get shot into the sky, Sherman barked about Crabtree, first to Fox's Erin Andrews and then to ESPN's Ed Werder, saying, "I told you Crabtree was mediocre at best, so I would never let him catch a game winner on me. ... This is a joke, right?"

Sherman was less than gracious in victory. He continued his crusade in his postgame news conference, where he said the origins of his feud with Crabtree date back to an offseason workout the two had in Arizona.

Whatever.

It should be lesson learned for Denver: Don't throw at Sherman. It isn't worth it.

"You throw it to Richard Sherman's side?" Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate said. "What are you thinking?"

Said Seattle safety Kam Chancellor: "I don't think too many people want to go after Sherman."

No, it was not the wisest decision.

"If our team knew the game was going to come down to a play like that," Sherman said, "they'd be pretty confident going into it. ... You throw that, it's a mistake."

Denver will be a different challenge than San Francisco. Against the 49ers, the Seahawks had to account for Kaepernick's legs. Kaepernick rushed 11 times for 130 yards while also completing 14 of 24 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown.

Peyton Manning threw 55 touchdown passes and just 10 interceptions in the regular season. In playoff wins over San Diego and New England, Manning completed 72.2 percent of his passes for 630 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception.

"[Manning] deserves to be there because of what he's done this year with his team and that whole club," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "But we're not going to take this challenge lightly. We're going to go after this thing and we're not going into this game any other way but thinking that we're going to win. These guys don't know any other way."

Certainly Sherman doesn't. He proved that once and for all against San Francisco, and as a result, the Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl.

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