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Monday Round-Up: Media Reactions To The Seahawks' 21-20 Win over the Arizona Cardinals

Despite not earning a playoff berth, the Seahawks climbed above .500 with a 21-20 comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, January 8 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Local and national media react to Seattle's 21-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Seattle came into Sunday's contest needing a win over Arizona, along with a Chicago Bears win over the Green Bay Packers to earn an NFC Wild Card berth. Seattle got off to a fast start on their end, taking a 13-6 lead at halftime. Seattle fought off a valiant effort from the Cardinals, led by running back James Conner. The University of Pittsburgh alum rushed for 150 yards and a score on 27 carries, while quarterback Kyler Murray completed 22-30 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown.

Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith completed his fifth game-winning drive of the season, driving Seattle down the field and connecting with wideout Tyler Lockett late in the fourth. Smith found Lockett again on the two-point conversion to take the lead with less than two minutes remaining. Smith completed 16 of 28 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

But before the Seahawks could complete their win, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears 17-9, securing the final wild card spot in the NFC to end Seattle's playoff hopes. Despite their season ending in Arizona, Seattle finishes above .500 at 9-8 for the second-consecutive year and for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons. Following the win, Coach Pete Carroll discussed the mixed reactions surrounding the close of the season.

"It's a freakin' crusher," said Carroll. "It's a total crusher, because there are so many games in this season that we take with us. These games don't go away, whether it's Rams, whether it's Dallas, whether it's Pittsburgh, whether it's the Rams again, there's so many games like this that just tear at you that that's what you have to live with. Because we've done the things we need to do to when those games and other games, and we just needed one more. We should have had three more to have the season that we could have had. We were capable of doing that, and I'm really disappointed about that, really disappointed, because we should have been better. It's unfortunate."

As the NFL prepares for the playoffs to begin on Saturday, the Seahawks head back to the drawing board to figure out the next steps to success in 2024.

Read more on the thoughts of local and national media following Thursday's contest here:

Brandon Gustafson of Seattle Sports 710AM: Seahawks miss playoffs for just 4th time in 14 years under Carroll.

The Associated Press: Seahawks rally for 21-20 win over Cardinals, but still miss out on playoffs after Packers win.

Check out some of the best action shots from Week 18 vs. the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on January 7, 2024. Game action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery.

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