The Seattle Seahawks were unanimous when asked if they had a preference between travelling to Dallas or Washington for the opening round of the NFC playoffs.
They don’t care.
“It doesn’t matter who we play I don’t think,” Seattle offensive tackle Breno Giacomini said. “We’ve just got to take care of ourselves. Get on the right page as an O-line, and just get better. That’s all we can do.”
“I don’t care either way,” said Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman. “We’ve seen both of them, and we’ll taker either one.”
The NFL announced the Seahawks will play the Washington-Dallas winner on Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Pacific time on FOX.
The other NFC Wild Card game with Minnesota at Green Bay will take place on Saturday at 5 p.m. Pacific time on NBC.
The AFC Wild Card games are Cincinnati at Houston at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday on NBC. And Indianapolis travels to Baltimore for a 10 a.m. Pacific time contest on CBS.
Pete Carroll said the coaching staff kept an eye on the San Francisco-Arizona game, so the Seahawks were aware that the 49ers pulled away in the second half to win 27-6, grabbing a second straight title and the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
However, Carroll said it was still important for his team to win, with the Seahawks finishing at 11-5, Carroll’s best record in his six-year pro career.
“11-5 is a good season,” Carroll said. “That’s a big season when you’re coaching in the NFL and playing in the NFL. John (Seahawks general manager John Schneider) has done so many things to position us to get this done. To do it with him, I’m proud.”
On the game-winning touchdown, Carroll said he called a play action pass to give Russell Wilson a chance at the rookie record for passing touchdowns. But staying true to his nature, Wilson said he chose to scramble in from a yard out instead.
“I was about to throw it to Zach (Miller) to break the record,” Wilson said. “But I realized that’s not me. I wasn’t worried about that. The only thing was to win the game.”
Wilson finished tied with Peyton Manning for the rookie record for passing touchdowns with 26.
* Bobby Wagner finished with the rookie record for tackles with 140 on the year, surpassing the old record established by Terry Beeson of 136 in 1977.
* Carroll said the team suffered no significant injuries of note, and should be fully healthy heading into next week’s playoffs.
* Sidney Rice finished without a catch for the first time this season.
* Marshawn Lynch totaled 100 yards on 18 carries, reaching the 100-yard mark for the 10th time this season. Lynch’s 1,590 yards this season is the third-highest mark in a single season in franchise history behind Shaun Alexander’s 1,696 in 2004 and 1,880 in 2005.
* The Seahawks held Steven Jackson to 52 yards on 11 carries, keeping him under the 100-yard mark for a 17th straight game. Jackson has yet to rush for 100 yards against Seattle. Jackson also finished with seven catches for 45 yards.
* The Seahawks held St. Louis to 2 of 11 on third downs defensively. Seattle also totaled 14 penalties for 98 yards, the fifth time this season the Seahawks have finished in double digits in penalties.
* Richard Sherman finished the season tied for second in the NFL in interceptions with eight. That total is the most for a Seahawk since Darryl Williams led the AFC with eight in 1997.
* Russell Wilson became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to an undefeated season at home.
* Seattle’s 11-5 record is the third best in club history, behind the 13-3 record in 2005 and 12-4 record in 1984.
* The Seahawks led the league in scoring defense, allowing just 15.3 points a contest, the fewest points allowed for a full season (245) in team history. The Seahawks allowed 261 points in 1991 and 271 in 2005.