Pete Carroll sees renewed focus after loss


RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle coach Pete Carroll sees some positives in the 19-17 loss at San Francisco.

“It’s a reality check,” Carroll said. “It showed how the littlest of things can determine the outcome of a game. And being in a good, hard-fought, tough game is good always. I like the others to learn the hard way as always, but that’s not the case. It’s a learning opportunity.”

The Seahawks, 11-2, play their final road game of the regular season Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants. Seattle closes out the regular season with back-to-back home games against NFC West opponents Arizona and St. Louis.

Two victories in the final three games would clinch the division title and home-field advantage in the playoffs no matter what the other teams do.

“There’ll be an emphasis throughout the last three games, because every one of them is going to count in a big fashion,” Carroll said. “They’re all going to make a difference that will call for us to be on it all the way throughout.

“That should be crucial in helping us stay sharp for playoff time. So they’re all going to be hard games and difficult matchups. Most of all, I want to make sure that our play continues to improve and get better.”