Carroll: Seattle fortunate to get win in opener

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, talks with quarterback Russell Wilson, right, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Seattle won 12-7. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Bob Leverone

Carroll: Seattle fortunate to get win in opener

TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Pete Carroll started by acknowledging how fortunate the Seattle Seahawks were to get out of Carolina with a victory, knowing that a year ago that same performance would have likely been a loss.

Consider it another step in the growth of Carroll’s team.

The Seahawks were able to find plenty of mistakes when they looked back at Sunday’s 12-7 win over Carolina, highlighted by a running game that managed only 70 yards.

But it came in a victory and Seattle could get more help before its Sunday night showdown with NFC Wests rival San Francisco.

Defensive end Cliff Avril has a “good possibility” of playing on Sunday barring any setbacks this week. He’s been out with a hamstring injury.

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