Baldwin appeared on a local radio show on Monday, and said he made a mistake in the moment. "In that moment it was just a reaction," Baldwin said. "So obviously if I could go back, I would take it back."
Baldwin admitted his actions, which picked up the penalty, were directed at opposing cornerback Darrelle Revis. "There was competitive stuff going on in that game and in that moment I just let out what I felt personally," Baldwin said. He also admitted he was frustrated by his lack of opportunities during the game.
Baldwin is under contract with Seattle through 2016, when he is scheduled to make $4 million with a $1.6 million signing bonus. In his four seasons with the Seahawks, Baldwin has totaled 196 catches for 2,757 yards and 15 touchdowns.
With the ball on the one yard line, Seattle opted to pass instead of hand the ball to Marshawn Lynch. The pass would result in an interception, clinching the game for the Patriots. The playcall caused some Seahawks to question the decision. "I think we all were surprised," Baldwin said. "We still had a timeout and felt we should take a shot. I don’t know, man. I’m just trying to make up an explanation."
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he made the call, though head coach Pete Carroll also took the blame for the play during the postgame. Carroll told reporters, "It was not the right matchup for us to run the football. We threw the ball to kind of waste that play. The guy made a great play that no one thought he could do."
Baldwin was allegedly not the only player on the club to question the final play of the game.
Baldwin, who was targeted nine times, caught his biggest pass of the day in overtime when quarterback Russell Wilson found him down the field for a 35-yard gain. The play set up Wilson to found Jermaine Kearse for the game-winning touchdown.
It was Baldwin's second career playoff game with at least 100 receiving yards.
It was his second game in three with more than 90 yards, but it was also just his second in eight with more than 60, to give you some idea how much Kearse has interfered with his production.
Also helping Baldwin in this one was the fact that quarterback Russell Wilson threw for a season-high 339 yards. In the Seahawks' inconsistent passing attack, you couldn't count on Baldwin for consistent production even if he was the clear No. 1.
Still, if Kearse is out for Week 17 against St. Louis, Baldwin deserves a longer look in Fantasy, particularly in leagues that require three wide receivers.
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