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Once nearly co-workers, Seattle's Carroll and Washington's Shanahan meet in playoffs

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FILE - This Nov. 27, 2011 file photo shows Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, right, greeting Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, after the Redskins won 23-17 in an NFL football game in Seattle. Once nearly co-workers, Carroll and Shanahan will meet on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 in the NFC playoffs when Seattle visits Washington. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) (The Associated Press)

Chapter 5 of Pete Carroll's book "Win Forever" is all about the decision he made in 1995 that eventually landed him a gig as the defensive coordinator in San Francisco and helped frame his coaching philosophies moving forward.

The chapter is titled, "The 49ers Way." That chapter was one phone call away from having nothing to do with San Francisco and all about Carroll joining up with Mike Shanahan in Denver.

Once nearly co-workers in Denver, Carroll and Shanahan are in their third seasons respectively with Seattle and Washington. They are opposites with their outward persona. Shanahan this week called Carroll, "excitable." Yet both are respected for their ability to coach offense (Shanahan) and defense (Carroll).

Carroll and Shanahan will reconnect on Sunday when the Redskins host the Seahawks in the NFC playoffs.