Seattle Seahawks Host Detroit Lions to Kick Off the Playoffs

"All these worries you guys have (about how Seattle is playing), I ain't got them". "He's a big part of this thing", Carroll said of Bennett.

The Seahawks built a 19-14 halftime lead and extended it to 22-14 on Hauschaka's 33-yard field goal with 8:14 left in the third quarter. Oddly enough, when viewing the tape on your run-of-the-mill carry, Seattle looked to be more effective out of traditional run formations like the singleback and I-form (wideout Paul Richardson carried once for five yards out of the singleback), but that isn't saying much in the larger picture.

Seattle fell behind 14-3, needed a huge turnover to get back into the game in the first half and almost watched the 49ers rally in the fourth quarter before running out the clock with Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin and a chunk of Seattle's starters sitting on the bench as Carroll tried to protect key players. The Lions haven't gotten to do that since 1993, whereas Seattle is gearing up to host its fifth under coach Pete Carroll in a building that is known for its booming sound and its 12th Man crowd. The Seahawks fell behind early before taking to the air to put up a flurry of points and erase the Niners' early lead in an encouraging sign for Seattle's offense entering the playoffs.

San Francisco responded from the turnover with a 7-play, 75-yard scoring drive. Hamm was carted off the field and had an air cast on his left leg. 49ers CB Rashard Robinson was carted off the field with an ankle injury late in the second quarter and did not return.

"We didn't need a revival", Wilson said.

Seattle would have no excuse for losing to San Francisco. Missing FS Earl Thomas on defense and WR Tyler Lockett on offense, and having an offensive line sometimes still on training wheels, will require the maximum from Carroll's ability to play to strengths and hide weaknesses. San Francisco rookie cornerback Rashard Robinson grabbed at the ball. "When we were in the huddle and I heard the play call, I was like, 'OK, this is it".

I can't make this stuff up.

"And Russ gave me an opportunity to make a play".

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Matthew Stafford has been to the postseason just once during his time in Detroit (since 2009), while Russell Wilson went to the Super Bowl twice in his first three years, winning one.

"That's a 7-foot-2 tight end that can jump out of the roof". "I'm going to have to see him practice".

"It's an incredible accomplishment (to have three straight 90-catch seasons) and something to be extremely proud of", Tate said.

"At the end of the day, you've got to trust coach and his opinions", Wilson said.

Ott knew the Seattle situation well - he had a workout with the Seahawks in September, at which time he said the team told him that if anything happened with Frese he was next on the list. Steven Hauschka's point-after kick was blocked, Seattle sixth missed PAT this season.

But the Seahawks are going to have to provide a collective comeback of a different sort if they are required to play game away from home the rest of the way this season, even if Carroll refuses to acknowledge his team's obvious shortcomings. Wagner said the Seahawks' front seven specifically had to change how it was filling in gaps on running plays.

"Happy New Year, " Ott said with a smile. "Obviously, everyone wants a bye".