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RENTON, Wash. - Where others saw discord and dissention, and another Super Bowl champion headed down the path of an early end to their season, Pete Carroll saw a challenge.A challenge not much different from what Seattle went through on its way to the title a season ago. Call it the Seahawks version of the Super Bowl hangover.Theres an obvious effect because youre unique in what youve done, and we addressed it from the first meeting we got back here and ... we figured it out; it just took us a long time, Carroll said. It just took us longer than we would like, but the thing that happened this year just happened in different order than it did last year.After starting the season 3-3, the Seahawks closed with a six-game win streak to finish 12-4 and earn home-field advantage through the playoffs. The Seahawks will host either Detroit, Arizona or Carolina in the divisional round next Saturday.It was a stunning turnaround, considering Seattles pedestrian start to the season and the surprise October trade of Percy Harvin to the New York Jets.I hate to keep going back to last year, but we did win the Super Bowl last year. And through that process at the end of the season when you go through the parade and get the ceremony and get the ring, it makes you forget how hard it was to get to that point, to reach the mountaintop, Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. I think a lot of that pressure we had at the beginning of the season when we were 3-3 from the media, from ourselves we kind of let that feed into the negativity and forgetting that it wasnt easy last year.Seattle has already bucked the recent trend as the first Super Bowl champion to reach the post-season since Green Bay won the NFC North in 2011. That was the first layer of history the Seahawks had to overcome. Now is the chance to be the first team since New England in 2004 to repeat.When I went into this year with the thought that this is a very unique chance at showing that you can handle all of that, Carroll said. Its been difficult for people, and the history of it shows you that its hard to come back and get yourself back into this kind of position again.But being a Super Bowl winner has not equated to post-season success recently for those that have gotten back to the playoffs.The last defending champion to win a post-season game was New England in 2005. The Patriots beat Jacksonville in the wild-card round before being ousted by Denver in the divisional round. Since the Patriots win in 2005, four other defending champions have reached the playoffs. Three were division champions Indianapolis in 2007; the Giants in 2008; Green Bay in 2011 who were knocked off at home in the divisional round. New Orleans was a wild-card team in 2010 and lost at Seattle.Thats the next piece of history for the Seahawks to try to overcome.Many have pointed to the trade of Harvin as the turning point for Seattles season. The deal went down on a Friday as the team was leaving for St. Louis, and the Seahawks struggled in the first half of their 28-26 loss to the Rams. In-season trades in the NFL are scarce enough. Even rarer is an elite team giving away a key player rather than acquiring a need.Only four trades were made in-season in 2014, including Harvin being sent to the Jets. New England made a pair of deals, getting linebackers Jonathan Casillas from Tampa Bay and Akeem Ayers from Tennessee. St. Louis acquired safety Mark Barron from Tampa Bay.The only other team in the last three seasons to trade away a starter in-season and make the playoffs the same year was Philadelphia. It sent defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga to New England in late October 2013.It would be far too simplistic to say Seattles turnaround was tied solely to the Harvin trade, but it did refocus the team offensively. Through the first five games with Harvin on the roster, Seattle averaged 28.2 carries and 149.8 yards rushing per game. In the 11 games after the trade, with the Seahawks relying more on the running of Marshawn Lynch, they averaged 34.9 carries and 183 yards rushing.Not surprisingly, the Seahawks went 9-2.I think we returned to the strength of knowing our guys, how to use them, and how to implement their strengths, Carroll said. 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"After consultation with the Team USA medical staff and officials, it was determined that he should return to Winnipeg as a precaution due to his previous injury history," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said Wednesday in a statement. Teemu Pulkkinen Jersey . - After sewage backups, toilet overflows and foul smells surfaced the past two years, nothing at the Oakland Coliseum surprises the home team anymore.SAN FRANCISCO - The celebration in San Franciscos streets following the Giants World Series victory turned raucous and violent, with two people shot, two stabbed and 40 arrested, as revelers vandalized police cars and businesses and pelted officers trying to disperse crowds with bottles.At first, the partying unfolded peacefully Wednesday night with fans gathering in the streets and uncorking champagne, dancing and hugging strangers after their team won its third championship in five years with a 3-2 victory over Kansas City in the winner-take-all seventh game.I knew they were going to win. Its the Giants. They do this all the time, San Francisco native Barbra Norris, 54, said of the teams odds-defying victory in Kansas City the night after a 10-0 loss.But in some areas, the atmosphere grew rowdier as the night wore on. Fans climbed onto buses and sprayed graffiti on the windows of businesses. Nine police cars were damaged, Police Chief Greg Suhr said Thursday.I was very disappointed in the people who took away from the celebration, he said.Most of the 40 arrests were for public drunkenness, Suhr said. He said three officers were treated at the hospital for injuries they sustained when they were hit by bottles.Violence left four people injured in separate incidents, but it was not yet known if the shootings and stabbings were linked to World Series revelry, police said.Authorities said a 54-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were stabbed in separate incidents in the citys Mission district late Wednesday and early Thursday, respectively. Both were expected to live.A 19-year-old man was shot in the arm in the same neighbourhood Wednesday, and another person walked into a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, police said. No arrests had been made yet.Shortly after the celebrating began, Officcer Gordon Shyy, police spokesman, said officers made a handful of arrests as fans filled the streets and blocked traffic around the Civic Center, in the Mission District and on Market Street within walking distance of AT&T Park.ddddddddddddBottles were hurled at police as they attempted to disperse crowds and help firefighters put out bonfires, Shyy said.The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the region around Third and King streets was especially raucous with thousands of fans spraying beer, smashing bottles, lighting fires and setting off fireworks. Police in riot gear lined up three rows deep, and revelers began tossing bottles at them, the newspaper reported.The wild street scenes lasted into the early hours Thursday. Shyy said crowds were still in the streets in some areas and stoking bonfires shortly after midnight. But by early Thursday morning, he said crowds had dispersed.Earlier in the night, across from San Francisco City Hall, where the exterior lights had been glowing Giants orange all week, more than 9,000 people gathered in an outdoor plaza. The city set up a Jumbotron for viewing the game and a vendor sold hot dogs but no beer.You come out here to feel the pulse of the city. When its the seventh game, you want to get the vibe, said Geoff Goselin, 61.The crowd sang Lets Go, Giants whenever their counterparts 1,800 miles away rooted for the home team and chanted a prophetic M-V-P whenever Giants ace Madison Bumgarner took the mound.Bumgarner is the beast, the man, Aden Bacus, 41, shouted after the exhausted pitcher secured the final out with the potential tying run on third base. Id be lying if I told you I wasnt nervous there at the end.Amid the revelry, Mayor Ed Lee said the city would host a parade and celebration for the team Friday.___Seavey reported from Phoenix. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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