RENTON, Wash. – Pete Carroll started Monday by acknowledging how fortunate the Seattle Seahawks were to get out of Carolina with a victory, knowing that a year ago that same performance would have likely led to a loss.
Consider it another step in the growth of Carroll’s team that lost games on the road last season just like Sunday’s 12-7 win over Carolina.
“As it came down to the fourth quarter we needed to make some things happen and we were able to do that at the crucial time and critical areas,” Carroll said.
The Seahawks were able to find plenty of mistakes when they looked back at the victory, highlighted by a running game that managed only 70 yards and struggling to give Russell Wilson time in the pocket early in the game.
But Wilson and Seattle’s offensive line made adjustments to keep the quarterback clean and that led to Wilson’s best regular-season passing yardage game – 320 – in his young career.
Seattle also closed the game with the ball, running the final 5:25 off the clock, keeping Carolina at bay after DeAngelo Williams’ fumble at the Seattle 8.
“The guys executed really well. We had to block well, we had to pick up the pressure, we had to run and pass the ball to get through that sequence to run the clock out,” Carroll said.