SEATTLE -- The NFC Championship Game was decided when Richard Sherman made the play of the game. Then he followed it up with the quote of the day.
Sherman deflected a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the end zone. The ball was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith with 22 seconds remaining to seal the Seahawks' 23-17 win against the San Francisco 49ers.
After the game, Sherman, known for his bold statements, took a shot at Crabtree.
"I'm the best corner in the game," Sherman said on the field immediately after the game. "When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you going to get."
Crabtree appeared irritated when told of Sherman's comments.
"He's a TV guy. I'm not a TV guy," Crabtree said. "He didn't make any other plays in the game. ... But he made a good play there. He can keep talking. ...
"You make one play and you talk? Good play."
Crabtree was less diplomatic when he took to Twitter later Sunday night.
Sherman finished the game with two tackles and one pass defensed -- the game-changing deflection.
He also took to Twitter after the game, though Sherman didn't respond directly to Crabtree's tweet.
A lion doesn't concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 20, 2014
There was a lot of talk before the game.... Now I'm the bad guy lol.... Well if u judge my character on the field ....So many glass houses— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 20, 2014
Kaepernick said he felt good about the play. He said he would take Crabtree one-on-one "against anyone."
In his postgame news conference, Sherman had more to say about Crabtree.
"He wouldn't make the top 20 of NFL receivers," Sherman said. "If any team had a chance to pick Crabtree, they wouldn't draft him."
Sherman conducted an ESPN Radio interview Monday on the "SVP and Russillo" show, addressing his postgame comments.
"Obviously I could have worded things better and could obviously have had a better reaction and done things differently," he said during the interview. "But it is what it is now, and people's reactions are what they are."
Sherman was rarely targeted by San Francisco, with most of the throws going toward Sherman's teammate Byron Maxwell. But when Kaepernick had to make a throw in the final seconds, he decided to challenge the All-Pro.
Sherman stayed with Crabtree, leaped and batted the ball into the air with his left hand. That allowed Smith to run underneath and make the interception that clinched the victory. It was San Francisco's third turnover in the fourth quarter.
"I knew if I tipped it high enough, someone would get there," Sherman said.
After the interception, Sherman ran over to Crabtree and gave him a pat on the backside then appeared to extend his arm for a handshake. Instead, Sherman got shoved in the face before picking up a personal foul as his celebration continued.