Sherman says Seahawks keep 'the chip'

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks are clear favorites now to reach the Super Bowl, and many experts see them as the favorite to win it.

But Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said the team doesn’t look at themselves as favorites. They still see themselves as overachieving underdogs.

Sherman, widely viewed now as the best cornerback in the NFL, was a fifth-round draft choice.

Slot receiver Doug Baldwin, who caught 50 passes this season for 778 yards and five touchdowns, was an undrafted free agent out of Stanford.

Quarterback Russell Wilson wasn't drafted until the third round because he's only 5-foot-11.

“Our team is made to play with a chip on our shoulder, regardless of the notoriety we’re getting,” Sherman said. “You can’t change the chip, you can’t take it off. Once it gets on, it stays on, and a lot of our guys our like that. Our guys will always play with that edge, that fire and that hunger. It’s something that is embedded in all of us.”

Some people are saying the New Orleans Saints will be motivated to play better in Saturday's playoff game after losing to the Seahawks 34-7 on Dec. 2. Sherman said the Seahawks have motivation in remembering the 30-28 loss to Atlanta in the divisional round of the playoffs last season.

“We never want to have that feeling again,” Sherman said “We never want to feel that regret and anger and frustration, knowing we should have won that game. That’s the motivation for us in this game.”