Seattle ran the ball 25 times in the second half.
"It was the first time Matt had gotten in a game and we just didn't have an opportunity, and he needs to play, he needs to get ready because he's one play away from leading this football team," Carroll said. "In that instance and this is for years, I've always taken a look at what our special needs are. He needed to throw the ball a little bit. He threw the ball nine times. We threw the ball 22 times in the game. It was nothing. And if you noticed he threw a variety of things just so we could get some stuff on film. He got his feet wet, kind of."
Now the challenge for Seattle is not letting the victory become a lingering hangover going to Toronto on Sunday to face the Buffalo Bills.
It's a possible trap game for the Seahawks coming off such a huge home victory and with a home showdown against San Francisco that was flexed by the NFL on Monday to be the Sunday night game that week.
If New England beats the 49ers this weekend, that game on Dec. 23 could be for the lead in the NFC West. But Carroll wasn't interested in entertaining thoughts of what lies a week ahead or the novelty of being the Sunday night game.
"Yeah, whatever, it's moved back a little bit," Carroll said. "That's two weeks from now. We just stay in the hotel a little bit longer and then go play."
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