So it all comes down to the Seahawks’ regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field next week.
The Seahawks had another chance to wrap up the NFC West title on Sunday – their second in three weeks – but again fell short in a 17-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in a venue where they had won 14 in a row.
Barring a San Francisco 49ers’ loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, the Seahawks will have to beat the Rams to insure winning the division title.
The Cardinals (10-5) winning for the seventh time in their past eight games kept them in the hunt for a wild-card playoff spot and pushed the 12-3 Seahawks into a precarious position.
This game came down to the fourth quarter, and late in the final quarter.
The Cardinals had the ball at the Seahawks’ 15 as the third quarter ended, but
The Cardinals then took a 9-3 lead on a 26-yard field goal by Jay Feely with 10:39 left. The five-play, 45-yard drive included two penalties on the Seahawks for 31 yards.
Then it was the Cardinals turn to come right back, as Palmer passed to Michael Floyd for a 31-yard TD pass with 2:13 to play and Mendenhall ran in the two-point conversion. The TD came on third down and Palmer also passed 17 yards to Jake Ballard on a third-and-3 play during the 10-play, 80-yard drive.
The first half produced a 3-3 tie, as the team exchanged second-quarter field goals.
The Cardinals got the ball first and drove to the Seahawks’ 5, thanks to a 63-yard completion from Carson Palmer to Brittan Golden. But
The Seahawks entered the game having allowed the fewest explosive plays in the league only to give up a 63-yard reception and a 26-yard run in the first quarter.
A 13-play, 70-yard drive that began in the first quarter after Sherman’s seventh interception of the season ended with
But the Cardinals then drove 75 yards in 13 plays to a 39-yard field by Jay Feely that tied the score with 2:15 left. The Cardinals converted on third-and-5 twice and third-and-16. Palmer was 4 of 6 for 38 yards on the field goal drive that consumed almost half the quarter (8:21). The big play was Palmer’s 17-yard completion to Andre Roberts on that third-and-16 play. The Cardinals had scored on Palmer’s 32-yard pass to Michael Floyd, only because Floyd pushed Sherman to the ground for a 10-yard pass interference penalty. That put the Cardinals in a second-and-18 situation, but Palmer’s pass to Roberts bailed them out.
The Seahawks got the ball back when
On the third-down play just before the field goal, the Cardinals went with a direct snap to running back Andre Ellington. But
The teams combined for 68 yards in the quarter – 35 by the Cardinals, 33 by the Seahawks.