The Seattle Seahawks 28-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs hurt.
Before exiting through the tunnel, brothers Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin took a moment to digest the final outcome, wiping away tears from their eyes. Pete Carroll watched the snow fall onto Lambeau Field long after the game ended and admitted it was hard to leave that opportunity behind.
“We did talk about it’s worth feeling the pain,” Carroll said. “It’s worth feeling the shock of it because some of the guys, that will motivate you. Not everybody, but some guys, it’ll motivate you to work harder and be more in tuned and committed and all that. Use that if you can. I’m not real worried about them. They got plenty of time to get turned around. These guys will come roaring back.”
Not even 24 hours following the devastating loss, wide receiver Tyler Lockett was looking toward the future.
“This is not our last meeting,” Lockett said in a video interview with DK Metcalf via the Seahawks. “This is the last meeting of the last season. This season has already begun and we’ll be back.”
2019 was a season of accomplishments. The Seahawks went 11-5, made the playoffs and were an impressive 8-2 on the road. Seattle finished just inches short of an NFC West title over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 17. But for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle still has unfinished business.
"A lot of people think that we overachieved," Wilson said. "I think we underachieved, in my opinion, because I think that the goal should always be winning the Super Bowl. That’s got to be our standard. That’s got to be our focus. I think the reality is we’ve been very, very good for the past, in reality, the past eight years or so. I think to go to the playoffs in seven and eight and do all those things. Those are special, special things. To go to two Super Bowls, to win one. We got to capture that throughout the whole entire season going into next year."