Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says their regular season win over divisional round rivals the New Orleans Saints will count for nothing when they go head to head on Saturday.
The Seahawks brushed aside their opponents when they met in Seattle back in December, with quarterback Russell Wilson leading his team to a convincing 34-7 victory in front of a typically raucous crowd.
Despite the nature of that win, Carroll says it will not have any influence over the result at CenturyLink Field this weekend.
"We start all over again," he said on Monday. "It has nothing to do with what happened before. We don't care about that. Obviously, we learned and gained information for the game, as they did, but we start from scratch."
The Seahawks will certainly face a different team in one respect; the Saints claimed their first post-season win on the road since the league began when they beat the Philadelphia Eagles in the wildcard round on Saturday.
Much has been made of both the Saints inability to win away from the Superdome this season and the boost provided by the vocal home support in Seattle.
"We will take a look at what's happened since we played them and what they've done," Carroll continued. "But it would be a mistake to try to call it based on what's happened in the past."
Carroll also insisted he won't be letting any of his players go into the game resting on their laurels.
"There are no automatics [assumptions] here," he said. "They're going to hear about it. It's human nature that you would like to think it's going to be the same. But we have to know better than that. We need to respect this for what it is, a great championship matchup, and they're going to come loaded up."
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