Seattle falters in 2nd chance to win division

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 23, 2013 at 7:23 pm •  Published: December 23, 2013

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The previous time Pete Carroll experienced losing at home the Seattle Seahawks were on their way to a 7-9 regular season.

The previous time Russell Wilson experienced losing at home he was a 21-year-old junior at North Carolina State still two seasons away from the NFL.

Consider a bit of the Seahawks (12-3) invincibility at home diminished after Arizona became the unlikely candidate to snap Seattle's 14-game home win streak with a 17-10 victory on Sunday.

"We just weren't sharp that way we would have liked to have been," Carroll said on Monday. "We really feel like a lot of that was us. We had chances."

Not surprising, Carroll and Wilson were two of the first people inside the Seahawks facility Monday morning, analyzing the game film to try and figure out why Arizona had so much success flustering Wilson and Seattle's offense. Carroll said when he arrived at 4:45 a.m. Wilson was already in the building.

The Seahawks finished with 192 yards, were 2 of 13 on third down conversions and didn't find the end zone until midway through the fourth quarter.

The loss pushed Seattle's attempt to win the NFC West and wrap up home-field advantage in the conference to the final week of the regular season.

And Carroll was on top of his team right after Sunday's loss, spending time with select players in the locker room to make sure they were putting the Arizona loss in proper perspective and were immediately turning their attention to the finale against St. Louis.

"I wanted to make sure the guys would have the right thought in mind and carry the right message and they would understand," Carroll said. "With so much frustration coming off the field it's a lot to ask guys to turn but we did."

Wilson was sacked four times and forced from the pocket many others. He completed only 11 passes and none of his receivers had more than three receptions. The 108 yards passing was the lowest total of Wilson's career and his 49.6 passer rating was his worst of the season.

Third down has popped up as a problem in recent weeks for Seattle's offense.

In the past three games, Seattle is 30th in the NFL in third down conversions at 26 percent after being at 40.5 percent through the first 12 games. They failed to convert a third down after the first quarter on Sunday.

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