NFL: Seahawks hoping Giants are dress rehearsal for Super Bowl

Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:02pm EST
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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hopes his team's Sunday meeting with the host New York Giants serves as a Super Bowl dress rehearsal with the teams set to clash at the site the National Football League title game.

Seattle (11-2) has the NFC's best record and the inside track to home field advantage throughout the playoffs in a campaign that could bring them back to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for the first cold-weather Super Bowl.

"Our goal is to go 1-0 every single week," Wilson said on Wednesday during a conference call to reporters at the Giants' practice facility.

"That's been our mentality all year to have a championship week. Our ultimate goal is to play in the Super Bowl and all that and it would be nice to have played there before and just been in the stadium before.

"I've never played in MetLife Stadium, but it's exciting to play there."

The Giants (5-8) were eliminated from playoff contention with a lopsided loss last week in San Diego.

While Wilson would love to play two dates this year in the Meadowlands across the Hudson River from Manhattan, the standout second-year quarterback knows the key to that goal is tied to his home stadium of Century Link.

Earning the home-field edge could prove pivotal for the Seahawks, who have won 14 consecutive games, dating back to last season, before their roaring home fans.   Continued...

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after the game at Candlestick Park. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY