Seattle's gambles triumph over Green Bay coach's caution

Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:57pm EST
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By Simon Evans

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle coach Pete Carroll took the risks, his Green Bay counterpart Mike McCarthy played it safe and in the end, the gambler won.

The Seahawks' remarkable 28-22 comeback win over the Packers in the NFC championship game on Sunday cannot be put down to a single decision but the outcome was certainly influenced by the differing approaches of the two coaches.

Twice in the first quarter, Green Bay found themselves at fourth and one deep in Seahawks territory and twice they settled for field goals.

The result was six points instead of perhaps 14 but for the Packers' McCarthy the decisions made sense.

“We knew that points were at a premium. Frankly, I would have liked to have gone for it there on fourth down, but based on what we saw, on second and third down, I just felt that you had to take points,” said McCarthy.

“I didn't think a lot of points would win this game, (that) was my thinking coming in. I felt great about our defense all week, just the way they've been building here in the last eight, nine weeks. So, that's why we had to take the field goals."

For Carroll, though, fortune favored the brave.

The Seahawks had been struggling to find any kind of rhythm on offense but, needing to get on the scoreboard, they turned a field goal try into a touchdown.   Continued...

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates alongside owner Paul Allen (left) following their victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 28-22 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports