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RENTON , Wash. (AP) — started, maybe the Seattle Seahawks didn’t need to be so critical of their final regular-season performance before returning to the playoffs.One of the major accomplishments in Seattle’s 10-win season was re-establishing team standards for achieving success. And while that wasn’t always evident in the win over Arizona, the Seahawks did get a clearer idea of where they need to be better facing Dallas in the NFC wild-card game Saturday.“It was good for us to be able to go through something like this in the last game in the season, especially against a divisional opponent before we go into the playoffs,” wide receiver Tyler Lockett said. “You never know what’s going to happen. All you can do is go in prepared, but nobody can be able to prepare for something that is going to happen like this.”The finale against the Cardinals was sloppy and underwhelming, but perhaps it was to be expected. Seattle’s playoff spot was already wrapped up. They clinched the No. 5 seed and a date with the Cowboys without needing the victory thanks to Minnesota’s loss. As veteran wide receiver Doug Baldwin noted, human nature has a tendency to take over at some point.But there were other reasons the victory was so unsightly.— The offensive line saw significant shuffling due to injuries to guards D.J. Fluker and J.R. Sweezy and that led to some communication breakdowns that allowed quarterback Russell Wilson to get hit often. Wilson was sacked six times — the most since Week 2 against Chicago — after only being sacked 16 times in the previous six games.— Seattle’s punt team allowed two blocked kicks. One was partially deflected and only went 21 yards, while the other was swatted and recovered for an Arizona touchdown. It was the first punt block for a score against the Seahawks since 2014. Coach Pete Carroll said during his weekly radio show on KIRO-AM on Monday morning that his special teams group asked to have a separate meeting prior to the full team meeting to go over the issues.— And the Seahawks revisited familiar territory since Arizona regularly gives Seattle trouble. Arizona had won three straight in Seattle and five of the previous six games between the teams have been decided by six points or less. The other finished in a 6-6 tie.“They’re not going to let you walk out of the game with an easy game. No matter what the record depicts,” Seattle defensive end Frank Clark said. “That’s history between everybody. Every time we play Arizona it’s always a battle. We go there and they come here, it’s always a tight one.”Seattle believes at least one of those problems from Sunday should be resolved with the expected return of Fluker against the Cowboys.Fluker could have played against Arizona but was a spectator as Seattle moved Germain Ifedi to guard and played George Fant at tackle. Fluker’s return would allow Ifedi to move back to tackle and Fant to return to his role as an extra tight end.There is less optimism about Sweezy. Carroll said he received a “good report” about Sweezy’s recovery from a sprained foot but it will likely be a game-time decision on whether he can play.Seattle also has concerns in the secondary with safety Tedric Thompson and cornerback Shaquill Griffin both dealing with ankle injuries.Thompson missed his second straight game Sunday — he missed Week 16 with a chest injury then had an ankle injury. Griffin twisted his right ankle in the first half against Arizona and never returned.Carroll said while Griffin seemed fine after the game , the early report Monday was that his ankle was stiff.Akeem King saw extensive snaps with Griffin out against Arizona, while Delano Hill has stepped in at strong safety with Bradley McDougald at free safety due to Thompson’s absence.“He’s still young and some plays get away from him but his toughness and aggression and style, and he’s always been a great tackler,” Carroll said of Hill. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Nick Foles walked off the practice field, paused briefly to take off his jersey and started sprinted to the locker room. He wanted to get home as quickly as possible.Foles spent the last two days practicing with the Jacksonville Jaguars and trying to recover from a gut-wrenching personal loss.Foles’ wife, Tori, had a miscarriage last weekend. Foles spoke publicly for the first time following organized team activities Friday and said his wife urged him to return sooner than many expected.“She knows how important family is to me, but she also wanted me to be here to be with the team,” Foles said. “It was really up to her, and she wanted me to come here and be with the team for a little bit. …“If my wife needed me at home right now Ben Banogu Jersey , I’d be at home. That’s just me being honest.”Tori Foles was 15 weeks pregnant with the couple’s second child when she went into sudden labor Sunday and knew something was wrong. She later found out she had an infection of pneumonia in her blood that caused her to go into premature labor and endure a full delivery.“I know there are a lot of people that go through this,” Nick Foles said. “It’s difficult. It’s really difficult. It will always be emotional, but ultimately we trust the Lord in this process. We get home to our beautiful baby girl and we hug her even tighter. … Tori’s going through a lot right now. I’m here. The team’s been awesome, but when I’m done here, get home to them so we can continue to heal with one another.”Foles raved about his wife’s resilience. A volleyball player at Arizona, Tori Foles was out of college and working at Nike in 2013 when she was diagnosed with dysautonomia, which affects blood flow through the body and often causes lightheadedness, fainting, blurred vision and an increased heartbeat when standing up. There is no cure.“She was bedridden, hospitals,” he said. “She battles that every single day. Obviously Parris Campbell Jersey , we’ve gone so much these last couple of years. We’re going through this now. But she’s so strong. She’s unbelievable.”Tori returned home earlier this week and is taking antibiotics to fight the infection. She is getting help from family members and friends, which helped make it easier for Nick to leave the house, attend practices and continue installing the team’s new offense.“She’s the one who said, ‘Go, the team needs you right now,'” he said. “She knows I’m coming home right away. So that’s her. It really is as simple as that. … It’s never going to be, ‘Poor me’ or anything. It’s never that way. She goes through something every day with a chronic illness and she’s never going to do that. She’s tough. She fights through everything.“Right now she’s continuing to do what she can. She probably moves around too much right now. I know she’s going through so many emotions, but that’s something we get to go through, and in our relationship and our marriage. It allows us to grow closer and closer together.”
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