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Sherman’s Post-Win Rant Against 49er Crabtree Stuns Reporter; Lights Up Twitter

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Seahawks safety Richard Sherman and reporter Erin Andrews.

Seahawks safety Richard Sherman and reporter Erin Andrews.

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SEATTLE (CBS/AP) — Seconds after making the game-saving play to send Seattle to the Super Bowl, safety Richard Sherman proved he was just warming up.

Sherman deflected a pass intended for San Francisco’s Michael Crabtree near the corner of the end zone with less than a minute left, and into the arms of Seattle teammate Malcolm Smith to seal the Seahawks’ 23-17. Sherman was subsequently whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play, after exchanging words with Crabtree and making what appeared to be a choking gesture.

Asked about the incident afterward by reporter Erin Andrews, Sherman stunned viewers and lit up Twitter with a rant that began: “I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me!”

Crabtree responded in a post-game interview.

“Sherman made a good play. That’s probably the only play he made all game,” he said. “I ain’t getting into that, he knows what time it is.”

“That’s one play, you know what I’m saying? … He’s a TV guy, I’m not a TV guy. I play ball,” said Crabtree.

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