5 things to know after Arizona stuns Seattle 17-10
The last time Arizona walked into CenturyLink Field, they were
handed the worst beating in franchise history, a 58-0 rout by
Seattle that still resonated more than a year later.
That’s last trip made the Cardinals’ 17-10 win over the Seahawks
on Sunday even more meaningful. They erased the memories of the
past, while taking down what was widely considered the best team in
the NFL at a place no visiting team had won in nearly two calendar
”We’re a different team, different mindset and today was
definitely a team win,” Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell
said. ”We’ve been playing for each other maybe the last eight,
nine, 10 weeks. We definitely knew we had the chance to come here
and get a victory.”
Carson Palmer overcame four interceptions to find Michael Floyd
for a 31-yard touchdown with 2:13 left, and Arizona (10-5) won for
the seventh time in eight games and snapped the Seahawks’ 14-game
home win streak.
The Cardinals were nasty on defense, frustrating Russell Wilson
into the first home loss of his pro career and giving Palmer a
chance to come through late. Palmer did and now Week 17 has meaning
”We’re not the same football team we were earlier in the year,
that’s evident,” Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. ”The belief in
this locker room is strong. I can’t wait until next week. I know
you have to watch what you wish for.”
Seattle (12-3) saw its chance of wrapping up the NFC West title
and home-field advantage through the playoffs delayed by at least a
week. They were unable to get started offensively, failed to
capitalize on scoring chances and go to Week 17 still playing for
something rather than resting up for the postseason.
”It’s a good thing that it happened here because now we know
that we’re not invincible at home,” Seattle wide receiver Doug
Baldwin said. ”This is going to help us, not only with the next
game next week, but through the playoffs if we get home field
Here are five things learned from the Cardinals’ stunning
victory over Seattle:
NASTY STREAK: Arizona already had the best run defense in the
league entering Sunday. What showed up was a pass defense that made
Wilson indecisive in the pocket and struggle to find open
receivers. He was sacked four times and forced from the pocket many
other times. He completed only 11 passes and none of his receivers
had more than three receptions. The 108 yards receiving was the
lowest total of Wilson’s career and his 49.6 passer rating was his
worst of the season.
”We have one of the best defenses in the league, and to be one
of the best defenses in the league, you’ve got to go on the road
and beat a team like this,” Arizona’s Darnell Docket said. ”We
had our minds set to win this battle. This was a team win.”
GOAL-LINE STAND: Lost in the two late touchdowns of the fourth
quarter was a key goal-line stop by Arizona late in the second
quarter. Malcolm Smith had just intercepted Palmer and returned it
to the Cardinals’ 3.
Seattle tried Marshawn Lynch on first and second downs but he
was stopped short both times. On third down, Wilson was rushed and
threw incomplete. Following a penalty, Steven Hauschka pulled his
24-yard field goal attempt off the left upright. It was his first
true miss of the season, his only other missed attempt was
SUPER SHERMAN: Even though it came in a losing effort, Richard
Sherman continues to make his case to be in the conversation for
defensive player of the year. Sherman had two interceptions to
reach eight picks for the second consecutive season.
His first interception he ran the route better than Larry
Fitzgerald and was in perfect position to grab Palmer’s pass. The
second was more luck as he happened to be in position to react on
Palmer’s pass that floated after he was hit.
LUCKY BOUNCES: Seattle got two fortunate bounces on two of the
four interceptions Palmer threw. But the bigger breaks came to
Arizona on two possible turnovers. Running back Rashard Mendenhall
was ruled down before fumbling in the fourth quarter on a drive
that led to a field goal. Then on Seattle’s final drive, Karlos
Dansby intercepted a deflected pass off Baldwin that appeared to
hit the ground.
Both plays were reviewed and referee Scott Green said there was
not indisputable evidence to overturn either call.
HOME SWEET HOME? The Seahawks were believed to be impenetrable
at home. They had won 14 straight by an average margin of more than
18 points. The home dominance was why so many were already
penciling Seattle in for a trip to the Super Bowl if it got
home-field advantage in the postseason.
That still may happen, but some of the sheen has been taken off
Seattle’s home aura.
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