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Tuesday in Hawkville: ‘They said the call was correct … so that’s it,’ says Carroll

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 25:

FOCUS ON

The day after the night before. The controversial play that ended the Seahawks’ 14-12 victory over the Packers on “Monday Night Football” only got more so today as the replays of the replays of the replay dominated ESPN and other national outlets.

But the play stands, and the Seahawks are 2-1 as they start preparing for Sunday’s game against the Rams in St. Louis.

Due to the short week, Coach Pete Carroll did not hold his usual day-after Q&A session with reporters, but he was on 710 ESPN.

“Yeah, I don’t care. I could care less about all that stuff,” Carroll said during a segment on the “Brock and Salk” show when asked about all the hubbub that lingers. “The game’s played, they called it, we played with the officials that they set out there, we played with the team they put out there. And at the end of it, we throw the ball up and Golden (Tate) makes an extraordinary effort.

“It’s a great protection. It’s a great throw. It’s a great attempt at the ball and he wins the battle.”

The league office said in a statement on Tuesday the call should not have been overturned because there was no disputable evidence.

“They said the call was correct and the after-review was correct because it was a simultaneous catch,” Carroll said. “So that’s it.”

SACK ATTACK

With his four-sack effort in the second quarter, defensive end Chris Clemons ranks third in the league with five – one behind the Packers’ Clay Matthews and half a sack behind the Texans’ J.J. Watt.

First-round draft choice Bruce Irvin had two sacks in the first quarter and leads all NFL rookies with 2.5.

Their cubicles are adjacent to one another in the locker room at CenturyLink Field, which led to some good-natured ribbing after the game.

“Clem should have had three. I gave him one,” Irvin said through a big smile. “I was holding (Rodgers) and Clem came and got him. But that’s teamwork. We feed off each other. We’re out there competing. He won the sack battle tonight, but I’m just satisfied I got there.”

Clemons’ tied the franchise single-game record with his four-sack quarter, and tied the NFL record for the most sacks in the first half of a game set by the late Derrick Thomas in 1992.

STATS ’N STUFF

Marshawn Lynch leads the NFC and is fourth in the NFL with 305 rushing yards. He ran for 98 yards against the Packers, to go with his 122-yard effort against the Cowboys in the Seahawks’ home opener and his 85-yard day in the season opener against the Cardinals in Arizona. Lynch also is third in the NFC and 10th in the league is total yards from scrimmage (318).

Leon Washington is tied for the league lead with a 32.5-yard average returning kickoffs.

Punter Jon Ryan is sixth in the league in average (50.6) and second in net with a conference-leading 45.6-yard average.

As a team, the Seahawks are No. 4 in the league in average yards allowed (272.3), No. 2 against the run (58.7) and No. 10 against the pass (213.6). They also rank No. 6 in rushing offense (141.3) and are actually averaging more yards running the ball than passing it (127.7).

UP NEXT

The players return from their off day on Wednesday to begin practicing for Sunday’s game against the Rams. The team will leave for St. Louis on Saturday after a morning walkthrough.

YOU DON’T SAY

“It was a terrific victory for us, and a great finish to a very, very-well played football game in so many ways.” – Carroll


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