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710 ESPN Seattle Audio: Pete Carroll talks Week 17 with "Brock and Danny"
Early Monday, head coach Pete Carroll joined the team's flagship radio station 710 ESPN Seattle for his weekly conversation on "Brock and Danny." In place of Brock Huard, KING 5's Chris Egan joined Danny O'Neil in studio at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
"First off, it was a great day," Carroll said of his team's 27-9 division-clinching victory over the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field. "It was a day that we waited for a little bit longer than we thought we had to. The way it turned out was really special."
The Seahawks defense dominated the day, surrendering a paltry 13 yards rushing to the Rams to tie a franchise-record single-game low set in 1990. Linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown, cornerback Byron Maxwell had his fourth pick in four games, running back Marshawn Lynch racked up 97 yards and a score, and wide receiver Golden Tate hauled in a season-high eight catches for 129 yards and a TD, as Seattle wrapped up its second division title under Carroll.
The victory earned the Seahawks the NFC's No. 1 seed, which translates to a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. On January 11, 2014 at 1:35 p.m. PT, the Seahawks are set to play host to one of three teams - the No. 4-seeded Green Bay Packers, the No. 5-seeded San Francisco 49ers, or the No. 6-seeded New Orleans Saints - in the NFC's divisional-round.
"The finish of this season was important to us," Carroll said of his team's ability to respond under pressure. "It hardened us."
Below are a few more nuggets from Carroll's Monday conversation with Egan and O'Neil:
- Carroll said they'll have an update on the status of wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) by the middle of the week. "He's going to need the offseason to really get back to full strength. We'll still take a look this week to see where we are."
- Carroll confirmed Luke Willson suffered a high-ankle sprain on Sunday, noting Willson has had the injury before and is hopeful the rookie tight end can manage his way through in time for the team's divisional playoff game.
- "He's a huge factor. You've just got to love the way he plays the game. He's so tough. You've got to love the fact that he always brings it." Carroll, on the play of wide receiver Golden Tate
- "He's so on his game right now that every opportunity they give him he makes something happen. Him and Earl [Thomas] are just so sharp with how they're playing right now. You just can't get him out of position." Carroll, on the play of strong safety Kam Chancellor
- "There's no calling off in football. That would show up at the wrong time." Carroll, on whether or not Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman or Byron Maxwell should have called each other off when the trio collided in the end zone going for a Kellen Clemens thrown football. Carroll said Sherman was "kicked in the hip" on the play, but will be all right.