- Terry Blount, ESPN Staff Writer
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“What challenge,” Sherman said.
The two players have had a war of words in the past, criticizing each other’s abilities.
White is expected to return for the game against the Seahawks Sunday after missing the past three games with hamstring and ankle injuries.
Sherman was asked if he’s still mad at White for saying he doesn’t lose any sleep over facing Sherman.
“Not really,” Sherman said. “But it’ll be a fun game for us, I guarantee you that.”
White caught five passes for 76 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown, when the Falcons defeated Seattle 30-28 on a field goal near the end of the playoff game last January. Sherman was asked if the Seahawks have any extra motivation heading into Sunday’s game.
“No,” Sherman said. “We’re an 8-1 ballclub and they’re a 2-6 ballclub.”
The Falcons still are missing receiver Julio Jones, who is out for the season with a fractured foot.
“Obviously, Julio is one of the best out there," Sherman said. “You lose a guy like that, it’s going to be tough on your offense.”
Another subtle dig at White. Even a game last week against rival cornerback Darrelle Revis of Tampa Bay didn’t get Sherman to say anything controversial, but it’s clear he has no love lost for White.
Sherman also has an interesting perspective on the playoff loss at Atlanta last season.
“We won, but the score didn’t say we won,” Sherman said. “The scoreboard said different. Just like everybody thought the Bucs won last week [a 27-24 overtime victory for Seattle], but the scoreboard said different. It’s funny how that works, right?”
Seattle was down 21-0 to Tampa Bay before coming back to win, the biggest comeback victory in franchise history. The Seahawks were down 27-7 to Atlanta in the third quarter of the playoff game before rallying to take a 28-27 lead with 31 seconds to go, but couldn't hold on.
“It was frustration,” Sherman said about his feelings that day. “But you use it as correction and motivation. You see the things you can do better, and that's what we've done.”