Seahawks visit 49ers to battle for 1st place in division

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RENTON, Wash. - Just days after they defeated the New England Patriots, the Seattle Seahawks will be back on the field Thursday night against their division rival, the San Francisco 49ers, for the battle of first place in the NFC West.

 

The matchup is the seventh game of the season, and many will be watching.

 

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Chris Francis was in Renton Wednesday as theteam  prepared to leave for San Francisco.  

 

Head coach Pete Carroll is in his third season with the Seahawks, and on Sunday, he proved that his team is not only heading in the right direction but has become a playoff contender.

 

Thursday’s game in San Francisco will be a bigger challenge for the team.

 

“They do so much stuff, and they’re good defense, they’re fantastic, and offensively, they add and add on what they are doing,” said Carroll.

 

The team only had three days to prepare, and Carroll said his coaches need to be better teachers.

 

“It’s a real press on the coaches to get all this stuff and then facilitate all the learning. It’s physically very challenging for the players, but it’s relative. So make no deal about that. So we just got to get there and get ready,” Carroll said.

 

Fans are excited that the Seahawks are winning, especially with the coming-from-behind wins against teams that were expected to win.

 

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is proving people who have doubted him wrong, and he is starting to gain national attention.

 

“His personal drive is second to none; it’s really something. Now we watch him in the rigors of handling what’s going on here, and he is just rock solid,” Carroll said. “Last year, by our assessment, there [were] six games that we could’ve won in the final two minutes, and we didn’t win any of them. This year, we have been in five and won three. That’s an enormous improvement for us.”