Carroll: Seahawks had fun against Minnesota, but ‘that was a very fortunate victory for us’

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during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

SEATTLE – Sure, it looked miserable on Sunday. But Pete Carrol said it was anything but.

The Seattle Seahawks coach on Monday said that, appearances to the contrary, his team thoroughly enjoyed playing in subzero temperatures at TCF Bank Stadium.

“I had a blast,” Carroll said. “It was so much fun, cause it was just so crazy. Everything about it’s just crazy. From the preparation part of it, the mental side of it that everybody was dealing with to get right so they could be at their best … you could feel it and see it. There was a big energy about that with our players and our coaches too because they didn’t want to succumb to it.

“They didn’t want to give in and nobody did. So there was a real uplifted kind of emotion about just taking on the challenge of not being overwhelmed by the elements.”

Seattle moved on to play the NFC No. 1 seed Carolina Panthers next Sunday at 10:05 a.m. Coverage begins at 6 a.m. on the home of the Seahawks, Q13 FOX.

The game wound up being the third-coldest in NFL history, and Carroll said the team looked at the game as an opportunity.

“It was a major event, going to this past game, and it was one that the players and the coaches and all of us will never forget, just because of what we were up against and the conditions and all that,” he said.

“There was just something about this game that made it really special. We knew it was a unique opportunity.”

Carroll said he expected going into the game that the defenses would dominate and that the game would come down to a couple big plays – which is exactly what happened.

Russell Wilson miraculously scrambled free of trouble to complete a 35-yard pass to Tyler Lockett in the fourth quarter and set up the game’s only touchdown, and Blair Walsh missed a chip-shot field goal, and that was pretty much the story of the game.

“That was a very fortunate victory for us,” Carroll said. “We played really good football and did a lot of cool stuff, but we were fortunate to win, and on we go.”

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