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Pete Carroll and Seahawks begin road back to the Super Bowl

Ricardo Lockette
Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette celebrates after finishing off a 33-yard pass play for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4 in Seattle.
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History says the odds are against it, but Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll has repeated as a champion before.

Carroll led USC to consecutive Associated Press national championships in 2003 and 2004.

He is now attempting to lead the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl after winning the Lombardi Trophy in 2014.

In the last 25 years, only three NFL teams have won back-to-back Super Bowls: the New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers.


The Seahawks’ quest began on Thursday night with a convincing 36-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

“We’re off to a good start and that’s what it is,” Carroll said during a televised post-game news conference. “It’s one game and we’re happy to get it.”

The Seahawks’ offense looked in midseason form, rushing for more than 200 yards. Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 19 of 28 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

In the news conference, Carroll downplayed questions about any legacy his team is building. 


“We had a nice year last year,” Carroll said. “And we have a long ways to go.”

Former Trojan linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith made one tackle for the Seahawks. His former USC teammate, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, made four.

Carroll and the Seahawks travel to San Diego to play the Chargers next Sunday.

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