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Carroll on Falcons: “A tremendous challenge”

[HTML1]Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll understands his team will have their hands full in facing the NFC’s best team in the 11-2 Atlanta Falcons.

“They’re just a good looking football team,” Carroll said. “The Atlanta Falcons have played just tremendous football for a couple months now, and they have put together a great season.

“And it’s a really great challenge for us because they do so many things right. They take care of the football. They’re a balanced offense. They’re really consistent on special teams. They’ve got a really tough defense. Just across the board it’s a formula for winning, and it really gives us a tremendous challenge to match up with these guys. It forces us to play really, really solid football. We will not be able to make mistakes and stay with these guys, they’re just too good at it.”

Carroll said both receiver Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu will practice today. However, the team will limit how many catches he has during practice.

“He’s wearing a cast on his hand, so it’s a factor that he’s got to get used to and adapt to,” Carroll said about Obomanu. “And he will. He’ll adapt to that. It’s not going to be perfect, but it’s going to be something he can adjust to. And we’ll see how well that turns out.”

Carroll also said receiver Brandon Stokley (hamstring) and defensive backs Walter Thurmond (hamstring) and Roy Lewis (knee) will not practice today.

However, offensive lineman Chester Pitts (ankle) will return to practice for the first time in three weeks.