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Carroll’s Return To NFL Begins With Rout Over 49ers

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SEATTLE (AP) – Matt Hasselbeck threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Seattle Seahawks gave new coach Pete Carroll a winning start with a 31-8 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Carroll left Southern California after last season and is back coaching in the NFL for the first time in 11 years.

The Seahawks trailed 6-0 and ran just seven plays for 11 yards in the first 1 1/2 quarters, then outscored San Francisco 31-0 the rest of the way.

Jordan Babineaux and Marcus Trufant each intercepted 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, with Trufant returning his 32 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter to give Seattle a 21-6 lead.

Smith completed nine of his first 10 passes, then missed 12 of his next 21 as San Francisco continued to struggle on the road. The 49ers are 4-10 on the road under coach Mike Singletary.

 (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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