Seahawks don't change approach heading into playoffs

Seahawks don't change approach heading into playoffs
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws a pass as running back Marshawn Lynch (24) blocks New York Giants outside linebacker Spencer Paysinger (54) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

SEATTLE -- There's the regular season and then there's the playoffs. While we as fans and broadcasters make a big deal about the postseason, the Seahawks treat their preparation like it's just another week.

"If we keep it in the locker room, it's just another game," said wide receiver Golden Tate. "We're just going to prepare the same. We're not going to do anything different."

You hear all the cliches coming from the Seahawks. There's the good old-fashioned "take it one play at a time," and Russell Wilson's favorite, "The separation is in the preparation." But to the Seahawks, these aren't just words -- they're fundamental beliefs.

"We've had that championship mentality all year," said Wilson. "We try to have a 1-0 mentality going into every game, and we treat every game as a championship game. Our preparation is the exact same."

Why would you change anything when you're 13-3 and the top team in the conference? You don't -- even though everything changes around you.

"The stage grows with ESPN pumping it up and there's the cool commercials, but it's still 100 yards at the end of the day," said Tate. "We've done a great job of staying on an even keel this year. Emotions never get too high. Emotions never get too low."

The Seahawks want to be a special team, and that's something Pete Carroll has preached since he arrived in Seattle in 2010.

"More and more guys have bought in every year since I've been here," Tate said. "We're to the point where everyone believes what we're doing right now."

Tate added that the Seahawks want to "win forever." That's why they're constantly competing and trying to be better than the day before.

"Nothing's too big for us," said Wilson. "That's the way we prepared all year. The laser focus that we've had on one practice at a time, one day at a time, one game at a time, has really elevated our play. Hopefully, we show that (this weekend)."

The Seahawks open the postseason against the Saints on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 1:35 p.m. at CenturyLink Field. The winner advances to next weekend's NFC Championship.