‘Is this awesome or what?’

Pete Carroll couldn’t hide his excitement.

“It comes down to this — is this awesome or what?” the head coach exclaimed as he bounded to the front of the room to start this morning’s team meeting.

His excitement surely isn’t unfounded. The Seahawks are only about four days away from a primetime matchup to decide the NFC West championship. The goal the team has been aiming for is now just 60 minutes of football from reality.

“This is exactly what we hoped to get, exactly what we’ve talked for months,” Carroll told his players.

So the Seahawks get to work on the week’s preparation starting today with meetings all morning and practice at 12:15 p.m. With seven losses in the last nine games, Carroll said the Seahawks have to return to their basics and stick to what they’ve done to become who they are over the past 11 months.

“We’ve got to be us, we’re not going to change who we are now,” Carroll said. “We’ve got to prepare and compete so hard so that on Sunday night, when the lights go on and Qwest is rocking, the Hawks will be flying.

“Let’s live it up, let’s go for this and get what we came here to do.”

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