Pete Carroll was in much better spirits after his team’s performance in the second half of the Seattle Seahawks 31-14 win over Carolina.
Carroll said his team finally got back to the way they were playing earlier in the season, experiencing a change of attitude after a halftime conversation from their head coach.
“This was an attitude day,” he said. “I’m really fired up about it. We had a lot of fun with it. These guys; the physical and the mental and the personal challenge hit at halftime today. I’m happy we turned it around, we played a really good football game at the end.”
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said his team made the most adjustments at halftime that they’ve made all season, something that was partly out of necessity because both Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu were unavailable.
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“The thing that I heard him say over and over was that, ‘Listen, I don’t want to hear one person talk about anything that happened in the first half. I don’t want to hear it. I don’t want to hear about woulda, could, shoulda. All that matter is what we do going forward," Hasselbeck said.
As far as the injuries, Carroll said Obomanu suffered a severe cut on his right hand, but did not have any broken bones
“He had a really, really nasty laceration there that was more than just a couple stitches,” Carroll said.
Obomanu said he’ll be ready next week.
“I’m fine,” he said. “It was just a big hit pretty much. But I’ll be back, and I’ll be able to play next week, too.
“I knew it was coming. It was one of those things where when you run across the middle of the field, you understand that a lot of people are going to be flying around. I tried to catch it and get down, but he made a good play, and I’m glad I held onto it.”
Williams rolled his ankle on left leg, the same leg he had the strained foot injury. Neither receiver has been ruled out for the San Francisco game. And in fact Williams tweeted that’s he expects to go next week.
“Mike turned his ankle, a totally different thing than he went into the game with, and wasn’t able to get it right,” Carroll said. “Ben split his hand open on the play over the middle on a great catch, really a courageous play. I don’t know what to tell you on the future on that that one, but it was really a nasty cut that he took. We’ll see what that means.”
Carroll said that cornerback Roy Lewis has a sore knee, but that it does not look like a typical knee sprain. Carroll said Lewis has soreness in the back of his knee and will be re-evaluated on Monday.
Leon Washington said on the 84-yard punt return when he was caught from behind by Carolina punter Jason Baker that he slowed up and raised his hand as he neared the end zone, both no-no’s that he’ll never do again.
“He got the back of my heel and I got off balance,” Washington said. “So I can’t do that. I guarantee the next time I’m in that position I might do a ‘Forest Gump' and run all the way through the stadium!”
Linebacker Lofa Tatupu said his 26-yard interception for a touchdown was a result of being in the right place at the right time.
“I was fortunate enough to be the man with man-coverage on the fullback at the time,” he said. “It was kind of like a pick-route, which usually allows the fullback to get over out into the flat, usually by himself or with a man trailing. I just got over clean enough where I said, ‘If the quarterback throws this ball and I turn around, I’m going And I’m just going to take my shot.’ And so I did.”
* Seattle rushed for a season-best 162 yards for the game. They rushed for 126 yards along in the second half – which is better than an every other game this year except for the 144 yards they rushed for in the team’s first game against Arizona. Marshawn Lynch finished with 83 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.
* Hasselbeck did not have one of his better games. He finished 17 of 30 for 229 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions for a 53.3 passer rating. Hasselbeck also was sacked twice. But he also made some plays to set up touchdowns for his team.
* With both Williams and Obomanu, the rest of Seattle’s receiving group stepped up. Brandon Stokley finished with four receptions for 47 yards. Deon Butler had four receptions for 43 yards, and Cameron Morrah finished with three receptions for 69 yards.
* Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart finished with 92 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown in his return home.
* Seattle held Carolina to 5 of 15 on third down, and converted 5 of 10 opportunities offensively. Seattle also finished 2 of 3 inside the red zone, and 2 of 3 in goal-to-go situations, both areas the team had struggled.
* Linebacker David Hawthorne continues to earn that new contract. He led the team for a third straight week in tackles with a combined 14. Raheem Brock finished with two sacks on the day, and Chris Clemons added a sack. Brock now has five sacks on the year, and Clemons has 8.5.
* Tatupu’s pick six was his first interception for a touchdown since his rookie season. It was also Tatupu’s first interception of the season.