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.
"We hurt ourselves," Carroll said of the Seahawks 19-17 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco. "When I look back at the game, we had three big plays on offense that all came back because of penalties."
"We had nine drives in the game and three of them were affected by major penalties when we had really positive plus plays, so they hurt us on both ends," Carroll said. "And they were good enough not to allow us to overcome the penalty.
"That's a really good football team. They played really tough, they did all the good stuff, and we had them beat. We had them. We just had to stop them that last time."
A win yesterday would have sealed the NFC West for Seattle and ensured them no-less than the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. That fact is not lost on Carroll, but sitting at 11-2 with three games to play the Seahawks still own a two-game lead in the division and the NFC's No. 1 seed.
"It was a difficult loss to take because there was so much to gain on that day," Carroll summed.
Below are a couple more nuggets from Carroll's Monday conversation with "Brock and Danny"
- Carroll said linebacker
K.J. Wrightwill undergo surgery to place a screw in the foot he broke during yesterday's contest at Candlestick Park. Carroll put Wright's recovery time at four to six weeks. Expect to see more of linebackers Malcolm Smith, O'Brien Schofield, and Mike Morganin Wright's absence.
- Carroll did not have a definitive update on center
Max Unger, who left Sunday's game with a chest injury. "We know what it is," Carroll said. "We just have to see how he responds during the week. It's something that one of our guys has had before and played with, and we'll find out how it is particularly for him."
- "I don't have any updates for you, we'll see how he is on Wednesday," - Carroll, on the status of wide receiver
- "It continues to remind us of all that we represent and how special and how fortunate we are that we have the people that care so much. ... It's way bigger than us." Carroll, on the reception the team received from the 12th Man after landing at Sea-Tac airport and when returning home to Virginia Mason Athletic Center.