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.