The Seahawks won’t be resting their starters against the Cardinals in the regular season finale. That’s great news for their championship hopes.
The Seahawks had their signature win against the Chiefs and punched their ticket to the playoffs. That’s the main goal, of course, but Seattle can still take another step to improve their chances at winning it all. They have more to play for against the Cardinals than just pride.
Pete Carroll agrees. As reported by John Boyle on seahawks.com, the Seahawks head coach wants momentum on his team’s side.
"“We’re going for it,” Carroll said. “We’ve got a big game. We’re not changing anything. We’re going to do like we do and go for it. I’m not sure what it means, where we play or whatever, but it doesn’t matter. We have to keep doing what we’re doing to keep the momentum going and the precision that it takes to keep sharp and all of that. There’s no other circumstance but to take it like a championship (opportunity) and go for it.”"
There’s more than momentum at stake. Should Seattle lose to the Cardinals, the Vikings could move past them for the fifth seed. As I wrote earlier, there’s a big difference between the fifth and sixth seeds. It’s likely the difference between a trip to Chicago and a trip to Dallas.