By DAN GOOD
Was Richard Sherman showing good sportsmanship?
Well ... no, not exactly. But audio that aired on Wednesday's episode of Showtime's "Inside the NFL" reveals what the Seahawks cornerback said to 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree after the game-deciding play in Sunday's NFC Championship game.
Both of the players were wearing microphones during the game.
After Sherman tipped away a pass to preserve Seattle's Super Bowl berth, he raced over to his adversary and extended his hand.
"Hell of a game. Hell of a game," Sherman said, as a silent Crabtree swatted Sherman's facemask.
Sherman's chatter from earlier in the game reveals he was prepared for the moment.
"They about to try me. They about to try me. I'm gonna capitalize," he told teammates on the sidelines.
No microphone was necessary during Sherman's post-game interview with Fox's Erin Andrews, when he screamed about being the best cornerback in the game - and called Crabtree a "sorry receiver."