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September 14, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Quotes from Seattle coach Pete Carroll

Here’s what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say Sunday after the Seahawks’ 30-21 loss at San Diego:

Opening Statement: “I just got through telling the team what was so obvious about this game was that it was a really hardfought game across the board. The game got weighted so much in the favor of them controlling it. They had twice as many plays as we did today. It was a great job by Philip (Rivers) and their offense. Antonio Gates was phenomenal today. They were able to get themselves in real manageable third down situations. They were moving it like crazy and they just kept the ball away from us. It was a really good job by them. Tough day for us. I like the way we fought in this thing. We had a great chance to win that football game. We had the ball with three minutes left. We had a good enough opportunity but couldn’t get it done. It is unfortunate, it was our first road game. My hat is off to them, (San Diego) did a heck of a job today.”

Was the heat an issue?: “It was hot today, but they were playing in it also. Unfortunately, the game wasn’t balanced out. We had a ton of plays on defense, that wears them down too. It was a factor in the game, but I don’t think that was the deciding factor in this football game.”

The inability to keep San Diego off the field, was that just them executing well? “Well they certainly did. They were getting ones and twos, short manageable situations. Philip
(Rivers) is really good at figuring out how to get you a three or four yard pass. They did a nice job of it. They were more efficient than we were. That was really the story of the game, unfortunately. They did a great job not turning the ball over. It was on the ground three or four times and we couldn’t come up with the ball. That’s a good formula for winning, don’t turn it over, control it, get it back on third down. My hat is off to them.”

What made the match up with Antonio Gates so tough?: “The phenomenal throws that Philip (Rivers) made, even falling down in trouble and putting the ball right in a place where Antonio (Gates) could catch it. Those two guys were just phenomenal today when they needed it. That was really a big, big element in this game, just the chemistry between
those two guys. We couldn’t figure out how to stop it.”

Did you ever get into an offensive rhythm?: “No. We went down the field a couple times very nicely, we just didn’t have the ball enough. All in all, we felt like we could move the ball, they just didn’t give it to them.”

What about the pressure San Diego put on us in the last couple series? “They did a nice job. You can imagine those guys were fresh. They were ready to go. They hadn’t
played very many plays. I think they played fourteen plays in the first half. That’s a nice boosted benefit for them, but we still have to block.”

Injuries: “We came out of there with no injuries.”

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