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

years.

”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

for Arizona.

”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

advantage.”

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

blocked.

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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