(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer Competition is such a central theme of everything Pete Carroll does with the Seattle Seahawks that he gave a rookie seventh-round pick a chance to start at left guard in the NFC playoffs.
Michael Bowie responded to the challenge admirably.
Moving Bowie into the starting lineup was a surprise decision going into Seattle's NFC divisional playoff game against New Orleans on Saturday. He played every snap as part of an offensive line that led the Seahawks to a 23-15 victory in their best game running the football since Week 10 thanks to 140 yards rushing from Marshawn Lynch.
Seattle finished with 174 yards rushing against the Saints.
''Really it was competition. Mike had done a lot of good things,'' Carroll said. ''We think he's a fine athlete, he's shown poise and smarts and all that in the nine starts that he had, with the two weeks. So we said, `Let's give him a shot and take a look at it.' So we started in the bye week and car...