Indeed, Seattle had come back from deficits of 10 points or more three times to win this season in going 11-5 and moving on to the divisional round of the playoffs for the seventh time in Carroll's 10 seasons as coach. "I don't know about that play (being the difference) but we had it going and I'm sure everyone in the stadium could tell and could feel it".
The controversial first-down spot was reviewed - twice, actually, as the officials said they received additional footage after the initial review - but the replays were inconclusive and the call on the field stood.
Once the third question was asked about whether Lynch was coming back next year, the running back said "we'll see" before sending a message to young National Football League players looking to secure a financial future once their playing career is over.
It was a scenario tailor-made for another chapter in Wilson's handbook of late-game heroics: Seahawks trailing by five, ball at their own 23-yard-line, all three timeouts remaining, four minutes and 54 seconds left to play.
The Seahawks chose to feed the ball to Marshawn Lynch early, but the running back struggled for yardage.
Wilson's offense showed a few flashes of life, including a 30-yard reception by Tyler Lockett that set up a 45-yard field goal from Jason Myers.
"We just wanted to win, " he said. With 9:49 left in the 2nd quarter, score of 14-3.
"I had no doubt, " said offensive lineman Duane Brown. We tightened up on defense, the offense made some big-time drives down there and we gave them the ball back. The Seahawks haven't been back to the conference title game since, let alone the Super Bowl. "We kind of played into their game".
It remains to be seen whether Lynch will return to the Seahawks next season. "We were an inch away".
His manner left no doubt he thinks next year Seattle will do just that.