The Seattle Seahawks have been the model of consistency the past few years. This season? Not even close.
The Seahawks took another bad loss, this time
As a result, the Seahawks
The Seahawks trailed 31-18 with a few minutes left. Jimmy Graham got a 37-yard touchdown from Wilson to give the Seahawks some hope. Then the Cardinals went three-and-out, and Seattle had good field position with more than two minutes to go. Doug Baldwin gained 31 yards on a catch to get the Seahawks inside the red zone. Paul Richardson picked up a huge third-down conversion and then scored a 5-yard touchdown on the next play.
And then Steven Hauschka missed the extra point. The snap was a little high and the Cardinals got some pressure from Hauschka’s right, but he just hooked the kick wide left. The game remained tied 31-31.
Kicks are continuing to be no gimmes in the Cardinals-Seahawks series, as Steven Hauschka missed a potential game-winning extra point.
The Cardinals came right back downfield after that miss for the winning points. Carson Palmer hit do-everything running back David Johnson down the sideline for a 29-yard gain into field-goal range. That set up Chandler Catanzaro, who hit a walk-off, 43-yard field goal for Arizona.
With the Seahawks’ loss, the best Seattle can finish is 10-5-1. The Atlanta Falcons are 10-5. The Detroit Lions are 9-5 with two games to go. The Seahawks, who have already clinched the division title, could finish as the No. 4 seed in the NFC. Saturday’s loss means they need help to get a first-round bye. They came into Saturday’s game needing to simply win their final two games to be the NFC’s No. 2 seed and get a bye, and they were favored by more than a touchdown against the Cardinals and will be massive favorites over the San Francisco 49ers next week. Needless to say, Saturday was a potentially devastating loss for Seattle.
Had the Seahawks won their final two games, they would have needed to win one home game, as the No. 2 seed, to advance to the NFC championship game. Instead, the Seahawks could be on the road in the divisional round – assuming they win their first playoff game – unless they win next week and get some help.
The Cardinals don’t have much to play for, but they put a big dent in Seattle’s championship hopes. And they might have changed the entire NFC playoff picture.
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