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Carroll: First matchup with Saints means nothing - Jan. 6, 2014

Carroll: First matchup with Saints means nothing - Jan. 6, 2014

Center Brian de la Puente of the New Orleans Saints prepares to hike the ball against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks beat the New Orleans Saints by 27 points the last time these two teams met just over a month ago.

As far as head coach Pete Carroll is concerned, the Seahawks need to forget all about that performance.

The Seahawks will host the Saints this Saturday afternoon in their playoff opener. The Saints advanced with a 26-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night.

Seattle dominated the first meeting in Seattle on Dec. 2. The Saints were held to just 188 yards of total offense. QB Drew Brees threw for just 147 yards on 38 attempts. The 3.9 yards per attempt was the lowest for Brees in his career in New Orleans.

But Carroll says it would be a mistake to assume the repeat meeting with follow the same blueprint.

"Start all over again," Carroll said. "It has nothing to do with what happened before. We learned and we gained information in the game, as they did. We start all over again and really start from scratch."

"I think it would be a mistake to try and call it because of what's happened in the past. We don't care about that."

Carroll says the Saints are running the ball more than they saw in their first meeting but haven't changed much since their first meeting.

Carroll said, as far as he knows, all the players made it back from their weekend away from the facility without any issues. "No news is good news."

There will be a full press conference with Carroll on Tuesday to expand on the matchup and the status of the team heading into the game this weekend.

 

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