DK Metcalf put forth what can only be called a goofily eclectic fashion statement Sunday as he held court in the interview room.
He wore a gold-chained Nesquik medallion that he said was symbolic of his affinity for strawberry milk, as well as an Abbey Road sweatshirt that was not symbolic of his love of the Beatles.
“I mean, it was a cool sweatshirt,’’ he explained with the hint of a smile.
But that wasn’t the Metcalf statement the Seahawks were concerned about Sunday in their 17-9 playoff victory over the Eagles. In big, bold, emphatic and deafening fashion, the rookie wide receiver confirmed his arrival as an offensive force of the first magnitude.
It was there in Russell Wilson’s confidence in Metcalf to win the man-to-man matchups the Eagles presented Seattle with the entire game. His ability to do so was vital on a night when the Seahawks’ rushing attack was stuck in mud. Metcalf turned the game with a 53-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, and then clinched it with a 36-yard reception in the waning seconds when the Eagles were itching for one more crack at forcing overtime.
It was there in the statistics — seven catches for 160 yards and that backbreaking TD that showed off all of his physical gifts. That’s more yards than any Seahawks receiver has ever had in a postseason game, and more playoff yards than any rookie for any team in the history of the league.