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December 30, 2012

Seattle trying to keep momentum

SEATTLE — No matter how unlikely, Pete Carroll is grasping at the slim chance his Seattle Seahawks still have of winning the NFC West.

Sure the Seahawks would need a win over St. Louis today and help from Arizona to make playing at home early in the postseason a reality. But as long as there remains the chance of Seattle getting a home playoff game, and with it a division title, Carroll is going to try and grab it.

“It’s been great playing at home during the season, and if this is our last chance at it then we want to make the most of it,” Carroll said. “If we can put ourselves in position to come back again, there would be nothing sweeter than that.”

The Seahawks (10-5) close out the regular season hosting improving St. Louis. The Seahawks are already in the postseason thanks to a four-game win streak that was capped by a 42-13 thumping of San Francisco last Sunday. Unless they get a lot of help, the Seahawks will likely be the No. 5 seed in the playoffs and will face the NFC East winner in the first round of the playoffs.

There remains one hope for Seattle to win the division: beat the improving Rams (7-7-1) and get a shocking upset of San Francisco by Arizona. How unlikely is that scenario? The 49ers are more than two-touchdown favorites at home against the Cardinals.

At the very least, a victory would get Seattle to the 11-win plateau for the third time in franchise history, the most wins for the Seahawks since 2005 when they made their only Super Bowl appearance.

No matter how unlikely the chances of getting the division, that slight possibility is a rallying point for Carroll this week to make sure his team doesn’t have a lull after last week’s emotional win over the 49ers.

“It feels good to have 10 wins,” Seattle safety Earl Thomas said. “We definitely want to have 11.”

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