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Monday, January 20, 2014
Carroll and Manning, over a 14-year wait

By Terry Blount

RENTON, Wash. -- A Pete Carroll-coached team is facing quarterback Peyton Manning for the first time since 1999, Manning’s second season in the NFL.

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Things have changed quite a bit for both men since then, to say the least. Carroll was the head coach at New England in 1999 and Manning was beginning his career with the Indianapolis Colts.

Carroll was fired after that season and went on to win a national championship as the head coach at Southern Cal. Manning played 13 seasons and won a Super Bowl for the Colts and then moved on to Denver last season.

The Seahawks haven't played a game against Manning, other than preseason, since Carroll took over as the coach in 2010. But Carroll is excited about the Seahawks playing against the future Hall of Famer.

“What a great challenge,” Carroll said. “I think it’s an extraordinary opportunity to go against a guy that set all the records in the history of the game, and the incredible production that they put up this year.

“He deserves to be there because of what he's done this year with his team. We’re not going to take this challenge lightly. We’re going to go after this thing, and we’re not going into this game any other way but thinking that we’re going to win. These guys don't know any other way.”