Seahawks coach Pete Carroll didn’t spend a whole lot of time Monday (about three minutes) dwelling upon one of the more dramatic regular-season victories in recent franchise history, Sunday’s 24-23 triumph over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field that many web sites labeled “Stunner in Seattle.”
“We’re already moving on to San Francisco,” Carroll said. “We had a fantastic game (against the Patriots) that called for us to keep hanging around and not give up the hope that we could get back and win it, and we did that.
“We did all the things we needed to do. We put up a bunch of yards in the fourth quarter, didn’t allow a third-down conversion by their offense. I’m really fired up we finished so well against such a great football team. That was a big accomplishment for us.”
The Seahawks have a short work week before taking on the San Francisco 49ers Thursday night at Candlestick Park. The Niners, like the Seahawks, are 4-2, and have defeated Seattle three consecutive times. Although San Francisco is coming off a 26-3 loss to the New York Giants Sunday, two weeks ago the Giants became the first team in NFL history to rush for more than 300 yards and pass for more than 300 in a rout of the Buffalo Bills.
“It will be challenging to make sure we get everything organized,” Carroll said, “It’s a big competition for us and a unique opportunity to make the most of it. We as coaches have to teach and present information very carefully in the short amount of time we have.”
Despite Sunday’s loss, the 49ers feature the NFL’s fourth-ranked offense. The Niners average 25.3 points per game and are the only team in the league with more than 1,000 yards rushing through six games. The 49ers defense is practically the equal of Seattle’s, allowing 15.7 points per game to 15.5 for the Seahawks.
Seattle is now No. 23 in total offense after putting up 24 points on the Patriots, 21 of those coming on rookie Russell Wilson’s three touchdown passes, including the 46-yard game winner to Sidney Rice with 1:18 to play.
“I think he (Wilson) is really unique,” Carroll said. “He’s demonstrated that. His personal drive is second to none. He’s rock solid and doesn’t blink. It’s very exciting to see him play so well. He had a huge game against the Patriots.”
The Seahawks not only emerged with a win, but with no new injuries. Carroll said that all of his players are good to go against the 49ers with the exception of guard John Moffitt, who didn’t play against the Patriots.