RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Before Pete Carroll turns his full attention to Seattle's playoff opponent, he'll make sure the Seahawks aren't expecting another easy win against New Orleans like in Week 13.
"We learned and gained information in the game as they did, but we start all over again and start from scratch," Carroll said Monday. "We take a look at what happened since we played them. But I think it would be a mistake to try and call it because of what has happened in the past. We don't care about that."
Carroll and the Seahawks will face New Orleans on Saturday in the second round of the playoffs less than six weeks after Seattle routed the Saints 34-7 in early December. That win proved significant for Seattle in wrapping up home-field advantage in the NFC and dropping New Orleans in a wild-card position and on the road throughout the playoffs.
But for all Seattle did in turning that first meeting into a blowout, Carroll wants a new attitude by game time on Saturday.
"I think it's common knowledge and human nature that you would like to think it's going to be the same, but we know better than that," Carroll said. "We need to respect this opportunity for what it is. It's a great championship matchup for us, and they're going to come loaded up and give us a great football game."
Carroll said it was beneficial knowing their opponent Saturday night rather than waiting for the result of Sunday's game between Green Bay and San Francisco.