Seahawks won’t back off if they can’t clinch with a win on Sunday night

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The Seahawks will be playing to win on Sunday night, no matter what. As if there was ever any doubt about that.

A reporter asked coach Pete Carroll on Friday whether the Seahawks would rest starters on Sunday night against the Chiefs if other results earlier in the day would prevent Seattle from clinching a playoff berth with a win. Carroll made it clear that, no matter what, his team will be giving their all.

“Absolutely not,” Carroll said as to the possibility of taking a foot off the gas. “If we couldn’t clinch, we might do what? No. Whatever that is, no. We’re going to go try to win a football game and we’ll do everything we can. This is a terrific championship opportunity for us. It’s a fantastic team, the kind of teams that you’ve got to beat if you get a chance to get into the playoffs and if you can’t matchup with these guys, what can you expect down the road? We’re going for it and that’s the only way we know how to do that. We don’t ever take a step off that.”

The question was, frankly, a bit goofy. Even if the Seahawks can’t clinch a playoff berth because other contenders will have won their games, would any team deliberately pull back against the Chiefs knowing that, come next week, the playoff spot can be clinched against the Cardinals?

For a team with its sights set on advancing as deep as possible into the playoffs (and, before that, getting there), the goal always will be to win. Especially when a win against an elite team like the Chiefs would give the Seahawks more confidence to face the elite teams from the NFC in the playoffs.

Besides, the Seahawks currently sit in the No. 5 seed. If they slide behind the Vikings into the No. 6 spot, Seattle would go to Chicago instead of Dallas (most likely) in the wild-card round. That’s reason enough to fight like hell to get the No. 5 seed.

21 responses to “Seahawks won’t back off if they can’t clinch with a win on Sunday night

  1. “That’s reason enough to fight like hell to get the No. 5 seed.”

    Is it though? As a nuetral observer (other than a distant jealousy-like hatred for the ‘Hawks due to their beat down of my beloved Broncos in the SB), I’m not so sure that I’d RATHER play the cowboys than the bears. They both look like serious playoff contenders (strong D, run game), but I think I’d give the edge to Cowboys at this point based on the fact their offense has an edge over the bears (they’re a slightly taller small person if you know what I mean).

  2. Dallas is a strong team at home. Seattle doesn’t care which team they draw, they have to he able to beat them all, which is what I thought the point of this article was? Dallas or Chicago, Saints or Rams, they will all be difficult. Just getting in the playoffs is a huge deal for a team most picked to be drafting in the top 5 next year.

  3. I’m with everyone, but that reporter; Seahawks will no doubt try to win the game. What a goof ball. Hell, in the past, they tried to win the games at the end of seasons when the seating was already decided.

  4. If Seattle has to go to Chicago in January, they will lose, IMAO. Dallas, they at least have a chance. Cold, wind, and possibly snow are diametrically opposed to what they are accustomed to.

  5. ALL the so-called experts pegged them for a losing season and last place in the division…….they FORGOT we still have QB Russell Wilson!🏈💪

  6. willycents says:
    December 22, 2018 at 8:52 am
    If Seattle has to go to Chicago in January, they will lose, IMAO. Dallas, they at least have a chance. Cold, wind, and possibly snow are diametrically opposed to what they are accustomed to.
    +++
    You’re assumption may be correct. Yet, either team could win. The game isn’t played in paper.

    Seattle, if you don’t know, plays outdoors to. Cold, wind, rain, etc.

  7. Lost to the niners and a third string qb. Barely beat an awful vikings team, he scored a mighty six points until the last two minutes of the fourth quarter and threw for an amazing 70 yards passing. Seahawks fans are delusional. But but we have Russell Wilson. Lol. That’s not a good thing to brag about. One and done.

  8. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    December 22, 2018 at 1:45 pm
    Lost to the niners and a third string qb. Barely beat an awful vikings team, he scored a mighty six points until the last two minutes of the fourth quarter and threw for an amazing 70 yards passing. Seahawks fans are delusional. But but we have Russell Wilson. Lol. That’s not a good thing to brag about. One and done.
    +++
    How’s those niners doing? Probably trying to screw up their draft order.

  9. Both Chicago and Dallas will be tough venues in the playoffs. I wonder if Chicago wouldn’t be the preferred destination simply do to lack of playoff experience. I like Trubisky and believe he has a bright future but IMO right now he is still “green” and may struggle in his 1st playoff game.

  10. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    Lost to the niners and a third string qb. Barely beat an awful vikings team, he scored a mighty six points until the last two minutes of the fourth quarter and threw for an amazing 70 yards passing. Seahawks fans are delusional. But but we have Russell Wilson. Lol. That’s not a good thing to brag about. One and done.
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    Seahawks lost to Pete Morelli, not the Zero9ers.

    who will you losers take with the 3rd overall Pick?

  11. The tacit assumption that they will almost certainly win the next week against slumping Arizona. But you know what, on any given Sunday, any NFL team can beat any other. The lowly 49ers were not supposed to win last week, but they did, against the mighty chicken hawks. LOL

  12. Last time I checked, I’m pretty sure that having been drafted or trying out & making it on ANY team in the NFL puts said player into the “ELITE” category. As far as winning? Every team has a decently fair chance and all are prospect until the end!!! I’m not saying anything new. Just thought something intelligent belonged here alongside all of the “know it all” badgering we love so much. Sure I know stats and facts from start til present… But I’m telling you Football is the only thing I believe in HOPE for. EVERY GAME is felt in my guts so no matter what when why how or who…
    GO HAWKS!!!!
    TIL I DIE

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