The terrible thing about winning streaks is that at some point, they must end.
Such was the case when the Seahawks hosted the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, December 22 at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks entered the game having won 14 consecutive home games dating back to the 2011 season. The team’s quarterback,
Having already clinched a playoff berth, the Seahawks were playing to cap off their 2013 season by clinching the NFC West division and sewing up home-field advantage throughout the postseason. The Cardinals entered the game not caring about that streak, trying to stay alive for the sixth and final playoff spot in the NFC.
The game featured two of the top defenses in the game, and it was reflected in the play of the game as well as in the final score. Both offenses were kept out of the end zone until the fourth quarter, when each team scored once. Unfortunately, the Cardinals also had kicked 3 field goals while the Seahawks had kicked only one, and the Cardinals came out on top, 17-10, rallying for a late score to take the game from the Seahawks.
The Seahawks defensive play was outstanding, intercepting Carson Palmer four times, giving them nine interceptions in the past two weeks.
Unfortunately, the defense also had several key penalties that helped the Cardinals move the ball down the field on nearly every one of their scoring drives. The defense must stop committing these penalties. While the physicality is an integral part of their game - and I cannot fault them for playing the way they do - there were several penalties during the course of the game that cut deep. One allowed the Cardinals’ game-winning drive to continue. They must eliminate these penalties. This game showed that the penalties can and will come back to haunt the team.
It was difficult for me to slog through the editing on the video for this game. It’s been more than two years since I’ve edited a loss! The first two years of 12th Fan View (on YouTube) were not quite as successful as the two years I’ve done on Seahawks.com. This game, though, was nowhere near as ugly to edit as some of the games in the first two years. It was no less painful, however, and likely even more so. The loss drags the uncertainty of the division champion into the 17th and final week of the regular season. But that’s why we’re in this, isn’t it? We love the drama.
The Seahawks must win at home against the St. Louis Rams this week to claim the divisional title. The San Francisco 49ers are still within one game of the Seahawks, and if the Seahawks lose to the Rams, the 49ers could sneak into the NFC West lead with a win over these same Cardinals this week. If the 49ers lose, the Seahawks are the division champs regardless of the outcome of their game this week.
I was late to the game this week, losing track of time while getting lost in conversation with a friend before the game. While a superstitious person would point at this and say it is the reason the Seahawks lost, a more logical person would point out the fact that I had more than my usual number of blue and green beads around my neck was the true cause. I’m sure everyone who did something just slightly different before the game is convinced their transgression is the reason the home winning streak was snapped. My tardiness to the game is inexcusable, and won’t happen again.
At least the jersey I wore through the past two seasons can now be washed...and retired. For Christmas, my wife gave me a personalized No. 12, which will be my game-day clothing henceforth. The old grey 12 just isn’t what she used to be, and it will be retired at a record of 14-1 - by far the most successful gameday jersey in my small collection.
The great thing about having a home winning streak end is that a new one can begin. Here’s to the Seahawks establishing a three-game home winning streak before the start of the 2014 season!
And here’s wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season, and I hope you all have a tremendously Happy New Year.