Several Seahawks, including Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, were at a loss for how to feel following this past Sunday night's 6-6 tie against the Cardinals in Arizona. But by Monday afternoon, as Carroll met with the media at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, he had a better idea of how to place a game that saw his offense "out of sync," his defense perform "incredible" for 90-plus snaps, and his special teams unit come up with plenty of big plays.
"I don't know how I said it last night, but we didn't really have a place to put this," Carroll said. "So I've decided to make up our own place. We're going to put this in an extraordinary experience of battling and the opportunity to demonstrate who we are, what we're all about, and how we're going to fight. Again, learned how to believe in one another and how to count on each other to get stuff done, even though when it looks bleak sometimes we just keep hanging on and keep believing. It's going to give us a chance to move ahead very strong, in a very strong way. We're going to have a million chances, all kinds of stuff.
"We can't write these stories," he added. "That's why we love to play the game, to see what happens. We're going to need all of this to put together a terrific season. I think we benefitted from it if we look at it that way. If you look at it some other way, I mean you can look at it any way you want, but that's how were going to choose to do it and move ahead."
The Week 7 game between the two NFC West rivals represented the first tie in Seahawks history. It will likely be remembered most for two unimaginable overtime swings that saw each team's kicker miss potential game-winning field goals from inside 30 yards. Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro's came first, as his try from 24 yards out clanged off the left upright with less than three-and-a-half minutes to play, and Seattle's Steven Hauschka's came next, as he pulled his 28-yard attempt with 11 seconds to play wide left.
"It felt like a win when the guy hit the field goal off the goal post, that felt like it," said Carroll, who added earlier Monday that Seattle still stands by its kicker after an uncharacteristic miss. "Then I noticed when we missed our field goal, they looked like it was a win too. Then all of the sudden you say, 'Wait a minute, we didn't win, we just tied.' We figured it out, we'll move on."
The Seahawks will likely have to wait and see how the rest of the season plays out to know how a tie game will affect them in the standings. But with a record of 4-1-1, the club still remains atop the NFC West, and Carroll is happy about that fact for now.
"We tried to dig around on that," Carroll said of having a tie game in the standings. "We've done some talking about that, it really comes down to the winning percentage. When your winning percentage is where it is right now, we'd be pretty happy with that at the end of the year. We'll see what happens, if it could weigh in or not, but the good thing is we didn't knock it down at all.
"We're still in first place and we're in a position to control everything we want to control. I don't think if you tie out for the rest of the year it's going to work out that way, but with one tie on your schedule, I think maybe you can survive it."
Game action photos from the Seahawks' 6-6 tie against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.