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The Seahawks need to win on Sunday against the 49ers to keep their NFC West division title hopes alive, and to further their overall playoff hopes.
That is why with the upcoming game over the division-leading San Francisco 49ers, head coach Pete Carroll has his team focused 100 percent on its next game, the Seahawks blog reported on Monday.
"All we can do is really focus on this game right here. We'll have no trouble focusing," he said. "They're a great team. And coming home and all that, it will be exciting to get ready."
Carroll called every game a championship matchup, telling reporters in a weekly Q&A that the Seahawks are just looking to make a positive statement each game. The past two games the Seahawks have done exactly that, becoming the first team since 1950 to score 50 or more points in back-to-back games.
"We've just got to go play this football game and play it really, really well. And if that's the result, then that's OK. We've got another game after that one, too. There's still a lot of work to be done here. I don't think it's a factor, really. It shouldn't be. We've got to go win a football game, regardless of whether there was something hanging out there or not," Carroll said.
The 49ers beat the Seahawks, 13-6, in their first meeting this year. The Seahawks have also struggled against divisional foes so far, going just 1-3. But the second time around, the 49ers are heading to Seattle where the Seahawks are undefeated.
"Coming home, with the last two games here at the stadium, it's a great opportunity for our fans and we want to really play well in this setting," Carroll said. "It's an exciting way to come down, finishing in the division. And it starts with San Francisco this weekend."
If the 49ers beat the Seahawks on Sunday, the Seahawks' division title dreams go down in flames. But a win keeps those slight hopes alive, and better positions the Seahawks for a guaranteed spot in the playoffs.