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Carroll Classics: Pete Carroll’s 12 most important regular-season victories with the Seahawks

Carroll Classics: Pete Carroll’s 12 most important regular-season victories with the Seahawks

With Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on the verge of turning into the winningest common season coach in group historical past, let’s look again at a few of his greatest non-playoff victories.

When your said life philosophy is to Win Ceaselessly, perhaps it is sensible that having gained rather a lot already isn’t that huge of a deal.

Definitely, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has hardly appeared to care the previous month or in order he has approached and handed some vital franchise milestones.

Which can also be why they could have escaped consideration.

When Seattle beat the Raiders in London, Carroll turned the winningest coach in group historical past when together with each common season and playoff video games.

Monday, when Seattle hosts the Vikings at CenturyLink Subject, he can turn into the winningest coach in group historical past when contemplating simply regular-season video games.

He’s at present tied with Mike Holmgren for regular-season wins with 86, although having accomplished so in far fewer video games (Carroll is 86-53, Holmgren was 86-74). Carroll is also now 95-58 when together with the postseason — Holmgren was 90-80.

Requested Monday about the regular-season document, Carroll grimaced.

“I assumed we simply did one thing like that a number of weeks in the past,’’ he stated, wanting over at a close-by group public relations man for some obvious assist.

Beleaguered reporter: “Properly, that was the document with postseason and regular-season wins. That is simply regular-season wins.’’

Carroll: “Ah, there we go. See, I’m really tuned into these stats here.”

Reporter: Properly, does it matter to you in any respect?

Carroll: “No (laughs). Not really. Yeah, it’s good for the crew and the staff and all that. It’s nice.”

So no, Carroll gained’t be taking any walks down reminiscence lane anytime quickly.

However as Carroll approaches turning into the winningest coach in Seahawks historical past by any measure, it doesn’t imply we will’t.

So, to commemorate the pending milestone, right here’s our score of Carroll’s prime, nicely, 12 most important regular-season wins. We’re emphasizing the common season right here as a result of the important playoff wins are apparent — the Tremendous Bowl is No. 1, the two convention title video games subsequent, and so on. They have been clearly big at the time and can all the time be the largest wins of Carroll’s tenure till there are extra.

However the significance of regular-season wins — even when thought-about massive at the time — typically turns into clearer on reflection.

So right here we go:

Russell Wilson spots up receiver Sidney Rice for the game-winning touchdown in overtime to defeat the Chicago Bears 23-17 in 2012. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Russell Wilson spots up receiver Sidney Rice for the game-winning landing in additional time to defeat the Chicago Bears 23-17 in 2012. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Occasions)

1. Dec. 2, 2012

at Chicago, 23-17 in extra time

A recreation usually considered Russell Wilson’s true breakout second as a Seahawk — he led a late drive to place Seattle forward, after which after the recreation landed in extra time, one other to win it — was additionally pivotal for Carroll. Seattle misplaced at Miami the week earlier than on the final play of the recreation to fall to 6-5, then discovered virtually inside minutes of the ultimate gun that each Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner had been suspended for PED use (Sherman would attraction and never miss any video games).

Seattle spent the week portrayed as a workforce in chaos, Carroll probably going a second straight season with out making the playoffs and perhaps a 3rd straight with a dropping report — and who is aware of what that would have meant? As an alternative, the win over the Bears jump-started a five-game profitable streak to finish the season, which itself foreshadowed all that was to return.


Kam Chancellor lays out San Francisco receiver Vernon Davis in 2012.  (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)Kam Chancellor lays out San Francisco receiver Vernon Davis in 2012.  (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Kam Chancellor lays out San Francisco receiver Vernon Davis in 2012. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Occasions)

2. Dec. 23, 2012

vs. 49ers, 42-13

If there have been earlier turning factors and key moments in 2012, this was the night time the Carroll-era Seahawks really arrived. Seattle dominated on the nationwide Sunday night time stage towards a staff anticipated to win the Tremendous Bowl, Kam Chancellor’s hit on Vernon Davis sending a sign to the remainder of the NFL that the Seahawks have been right here to remain whether or not you needed them to be or not.


Jermaine Kearse celebrates his touchdown catch against the Carolina Panthers in 2013. (Mike McCarn / The Associated Press)Jermaine Kearse celebrates his touchdown catch against the Carolina Panthers in 2013. (Mike McCarn / The Associated Press)

Jermaine Kearse celebrates his landing catch towards the Carolina Panthers in 2013. (Mike McCarn / The Related Press)

three. Sept. Eight, 2013

at Carolina, 12-7

Seattle’s season-opening victory in 2013 could also be one in every of the sneakier huge wins in workforce historical past. In fact, who is aware of for positive how every part else would have unfolded if this recreation didn’t end up the approach it did. However the actuality is that the Panthers completed the season 12-Four and, had this recreation been reversed and all else stayed the similar, would have held house subject via the playoffs that yr as an alternative of the Seahawks.

It was additionally one other trademark Carroll win, Seattle getting a fourth-quarter Wilson-to-Jermaine Kearse TD move to take the lead after trailing most of the day, then forcing a turnover at the Eight-yard-line to protect it. It additionally staved off any considerations about the Seahawks with the ability to deal with the strain of being a Tremendous Bowl favourite — they might rout the 49ers the following week on the approach to an 11-1 begin.


Marshawn Lynch takes it in for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Ravens in 2011. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)Marshawn Lynch takes it in for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Ravens in 2011. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Marshawn Lynch takes it in for a landing in the first quarter towards the Ravens in 2011. (John Lok / The Seattle Occasions)

Four. Nov. 13, 2011

vs. Baltimore, 22-17

Of all of the turning-point wins in Carroll’s profession, right here’s one which’s straightforward to overlook. The Seahawks have been meandering via his second season standing at 2-6 at the halfway level — making Carroll 9-15 in his Seattle profession after a year-and-a-half — with one other loss seemingly looming, a 6-2 Baltimore workforce coming to city as a 6.5-point favourite.

However the week earlier than, in a loss at Dallas, the Seahawks had reconfigured their offense to emphasise a Marshawn Lynch-led-running recreation. A few weeks earlier than that, Sherman joined Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Browner in the beginning secondary for the first time. All of it got here collectively towards a Baltimore group that might win the Tremendous Bowl the following season, with Lynch dashing for 109 yards and Seattle forcing three turnovers whereas not dropping any. The Seahawks are 77-38 since that day.


Marshawn Lynch stays in bounds as he knocks Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson to the ground on his way to a 79-yard touchdown in 2014. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)Marshawn Lynch stays in bounds as he knocks Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson to the ground on his way to a 79-yard touchdown in 2014. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Marshawn Lynch stays in bounds as he knocks Cardinals security Rashad Johnson to the floor on his approach to a 79-yard landing in 2014. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Occasions)

5. Dec. 21, 2014

at Arizona, 35-6

The second Tremendous Bowl and all that got here with it won’t have occurred if Seattle hadn’t gained this recreation, a late-season showdown towards the Cardinals for the NFC West Division title. The sport was by no means unsure as Seattle gained what stays a team-record 596 yards, 79 approaching Lynch’s well-known Beast Quake 2 run, which got here after Lynch sat out the first quarter because of an “upset abdomen,’’ and which led to Lynch answering a few dozen questions later with “thanks for asking.’’ Ah, these have been the days.


Pete Carroll hugs quarterback Charlie Whitehurst after the Seahawks beat the Rams 16-6 in 2011. (Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press)Pete Carroll hugs quarterback Charlie Whitehurst after the Seahawks beat the Rams 16-6 in 2011. (Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press)

Pete Carroll hugs quarterback Charlie Whitehurst after the Seahawks beat the Rams 16-6 in 2011. (Ted S. Warren / The Related Press)

6. Jan. 2, 2011

vs. St. Louis, 16-6

This was the place it began. It’s straightforward to overlook now how poorly Seattle performed down the stretch in Carroll’s first yr in 2010, having misplaced 5 of six heading into the recreation towards the Rams, permitting 34 or extra factors in every defeat (with a secondary that featured a rookie Thomas alongside veterans Lawyer Milloy, Marcus Trufant and Kelly Jennings).

But when the nation was making enjoyable of two 6-9 groups enjoying for a division title, Carroll obtained the Seahawks to rise to the, nicely, event (even with Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback), beating the Rams to get a house playoff recreation towards the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Saints the following weekend. And that led to a sure run chances are you’ll keep in mind.

If nothing else, the win foreshadowed that issues have been by no means going to be boring whereas Carroll was round.


Officials signal a touchdown after Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate pulled in a last-second pass from quarterback Russell Wilson to defeat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 in 2012. (The Seattle Times / John Lok)Officials signal a touchdown after Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate pulled in a last-second pass from quarterback Russell Wilson to defeat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 in 2012. (The Seattle Times / John Lok)

Officers sign a landing after Seahawks vast receiver Golden Tate pulled in a last-second cross from quarterback Russell Wilson to defeat the Inexperienced Bay Packers 14-12 in 2012. (The Seattle Occasions / John Lok)

7. Sept. 24, 2012

vs. Inexperienced Bay, 14-12

The Fail Mary/Contact-ception recreation was one other early testomony to the perseverance the Carroll Period Seahawks have displayed all through. Seattle had simply 119 yards till halfway via the fourth quarter, however eight sacks and one huge offensive play stored them in it till both destiny, or somewhat luck — take your decide — took over.


Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette celebrates after making a 33-yard catch against the New Orleans Saints in 2013. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette celebrates after making a 33-yard catch against the New Orleans Saints in 2013. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks broad receiver Ricardo Lockette celebrates after making a 33-yard catch towards the New Orleans Saints in 2013. (John Lok / The Seattle Occasions)

Eight. Dec. 2, 2013

vs. New Orleans, 34-7

Seattle spent most of the 2013 season with the greatest document in the NFL on a seemingly inevitable monitor to the Tremendous Bowl. Or so it appears on reflection, anyway. At the time, although, many nationwide pundits pointed to this Monday night time recreation towards the Saints — Seattle was 10-1, New Orleans 9-2 — as a barometer of if Seattle might deal with the billing of Tremendous Bowl favourite. They acquired their reply virtually earlier than they sat down, with the Seahawks storming out to a 17-Zero first-quarter lead in a simple rout that featured as many sack dances as touchdowns. Seattle outgained the Saints 429-188 in what, outdoors of the Tremendous Bowl itself, was the greatest efficiency that season.


Seahawks tight end Luke Willson celebrates with wide receivers Jermaine Kearse, left, and Doug Baldwin, behind, after bringing in the game-winning, 23-yard pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Panthers in 2014. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)Seahawks tight end Luke Willson celebrates with wide receivers Jermaine Kearse, left, and Doug Baldwin, behind, after bringing in the game-winning, 23-yard pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Panthers in 2014. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks tight finish Luke Willson celebrates with extensive receivers Jermaine Kearse, left, and Doug Baldwin, behind, after bringing in the game-winning, 23-yard cross for a landing in the fourth quarter towards the Panthers in 2014. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Occasions)

9. Oct. 26, 2014

at Carolina, 13-9

Seattle was perceived in free fall as they headed to Carolina halfway by means of the 2014 season, having traded Percy Harvin after which misplaced at St. Louis the week earlier than, all types of nationwide media descending on Charlotte to write down the “demise of the Tremendous Bowl champion’’ tales. However as they so typically have throughout the Carroll period, the Seahawks thrived amid the chaos, scoring a landing in the remaining minute to win the recreation and spark a streak of 9 wins in the ultimate 10 weeks to key one other Tremendous Bowl run.


Pete Carroll celebrates with the defense after they stopped Panthers quarterback Cam Newton at the goal line in November. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)Pete Carroll celebrates with the defense after they stopped Panthers quarterback Cam Newton at the goal line in November. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Pete Carroll celebrates with the protection after they stopped Panthers quarterback Cam Newton at the objective line in November. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Occasions)

10. Nov. 25, 2018

at Carolina, 30-27

Carolina positive has been key to the Carroll period, hasn’t it? Perhaps it’s too early but to declare this win as exceedingly pivotal. However ought to the Seahawks make the playoffs this season — because it seems they’ll — this win could have been they key to all of it. And it had all the traits of the Carroll period, a recreation seemingly slipping out of grasp earlier than a late Wilson TD move and a defensive cease saved the day.


Pete Carroll cheers the first of Doug Baldwin’s three touchdowns against the Steelers in 2015.  (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)Pete Carroll cheers the first of Doug Baldwin’s three touchdowns against the Steelers in 2015.  (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Pete Carroll cheers the first of Doug Baldwin’s three touchdowns towards the Steelers in 2015. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Occasions)

11. Nov. 29, 2015

vs. Pittsburgh, 39-30

Seattle stood 5-5 and much behind Arizona in the NFC West, having simply benched free agent cornerback Cary Williams getting into the recreation. However on a day they might lose Jimmy Graham for the season and allowed 480 yards passing — most in the Carroll period — Seattle discovered a solution to win, jump-starting a 6-1 season-ending run to earn one other playoff spot, thanks largely to a profession day from Doug Baldwin, which itself jump-started Wilson’s absurd 24-1 TD-to-interception run down the stretch — which additionally confirmed Carroll’s willingness to be versatile on offense when he wanted to be.


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sacked in 2016. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sacked in 2016. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sacked in 2016. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Occasions)

12. Nov. 13, 2016

at New England, 31-24

Seattle was a 7.5-point underdog for the first rematch with the Patriots since the Tremendous Bowl towards a New England staff that was rolling at the time at 7-1 and would go on to win one other title. However regardless of touring cross-country to play on a Sunday night time following a Monday night time recreation, the Seahawks pulled out a dramatic win. It was the solely loss the Patriots suffered all yr with Tom Brady at quarterback and keyed one other division title for the Seahawks.