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710 ESPN Seattle Audio: Pete Carroll talks NFC Championship with "Brock and Danny"
Early Monday, head coach Pete Carroll joined the team's flagship radio station 710 ESPN Seattle for his weekly conversation with Brock Huard and Danny O'Neil.
"There's no better matchup that you can find in the NFC right now," Carroll said of Sunday's NFC Championship game against the division-rival San Francisco 49ers.
The Seahawks are set to square off with the Niners for the third time this season after the pair of NFC West ball clubs emerged from the divisional-round this past weekend. The Seahawks earned a 23-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field and the 49ers topped the second-seeded Panthers 23-10 in Carolina. Carroll said the familiarity between the two teams is what makes the conference title game so attractive.
The teams split the regular-season series this year with each club winning on their own turf. The Seahawks topped the Niners 29-3 in Week 2 at Seattle, while San Francisco escaped with a 19-17 win over the Seahawks in Week 14 at Candlestick Park.
Sunday's game will be the third-straight NFC Championship appearance for the 49ers and the Seahawks' first since 2005 - when they advanced to Super Bowl XL. The hype surrounding Sunday's contest is expected to be at an all-time high. But when the ball is kicked off at 3:30 p.m. PT this Sunday at CenturyLink Field, Carroll says his club will take the pregame advice of running back Marshawn Lynch, who often says "It's just football."
"We're going to be really hard, really smart, play championship football and show you what we're all about," Carroll summed.
Below are a few more nuggets from Carroll's Monday conversation with "Brock and Danny": Read
- Carroll said they'll know more on the status of wide receiver Percy Harvin (concussion) by Wednesday or Thursday of this week. Harvin has to go through the NFL's concussion protocol before he is cleared to return. Carroll said with the conference championship not coming until Sunday, the extra day off after Saturday's win over the Saints should help Harvin's chances.
- "He was juiced up. He was all cranked up about this one, doing a great job of taking care of the football. He was just in command." Carroll, on the play of running back Marshawn Lynch, who ran for a Seahawks postseason-record 140 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints
- On the play of the passing game - which put up just 103 yards - Carroll said, "We didn't throw the ball as well as we'd like to, but there's reasons why." Carroll did note the offense was able to balance out the attack and took care of the football in a way that was suited for that particular contest against New Orleans.
- "We're on it. We're not going to miss this moment. Hopefully we'll perform good enough to get what we want to get done. We're not going to miss the understanding of it, what's at stake and all of that. These guys are ready. In our locker room we took this win very well. We didn't go crazy. We weren't going nuts about it. We were thrilled to get it. We knew what we had gotten done and we're ready for the next step." Carroll, on how the club manages the Super Bowl expectations moving forward