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Seahawks know they were fortunate to get out of Carolina with an opening victory

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.