Jimmy Graham might have learned a valuable lesson.
Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks treated the home crowd to a 23-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints in Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game. Graham exchanged words with Sherman and several other Seahawks players before the game, which, in hindsight, wasn’t the best idea.
“He said he was going to run us over or something. Heh heh,” Sherman told reporters after Seattle’s win.
“It’s hard coming in here talking a big game. It’s hard, it’s hard. It’s a lamb coming to the wolves and throwing meat at them.”
Graham was involved in two separate pregame incidents Saturday. The Saints tight end first got into a verbal altercation with Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner and others for being near the Seahawks’ bench prior to pregame warmups. Graham then clashed with Sherman and others just before kickoff.
The Seahawks proceeded to shut down Graham, limiting the All-Pro to one reception for 8 yards. The dominant defensive effort helped the Seahawks punch their ticket to the NFC Championship Game and reinforced the notion that playing in Seattle is extremely tough — especially if you choose to be a pregame chatterbox.