Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 16 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
December 21, 2014
Finishing off the NFL’s Week 16 Sunday action on “Sunday Night Football” we had a very important divisional battle between the Seahawks and the Cardinals. Seattle was coming off a 10-point victory over the 49ers, while the Cardinals eked out a win over the Rams in Week 15.
Let’s check out the key players and stats from this one so we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 17 to see what’s in store for both teams in the regular-season finale.
What Happened: Most people expected a low-scoring defensive battle in this one, and that’s exactly what it was for most of the game. Things started out slow, with Arizona scoring first on a 27-yard Chandler Catanzaro field goal in the second quarter. The Seahawks would respond with a pair of touchdowns after that, however: one on an 80-yard Luke Willson grab from Russell Wilson, and the other on a 6-yard Marshawn Lynch run. It was 14-3 at the break.
After halftime, Catanzaro connected on a 32-yarder to get the Cardinals within a score, but the fourth quarter belonged to the Seahawks alone.
Seattle rattled off three unanswered touchdowns to finish off the game: one was a 20-yard Willson catch, another a 79-yard Lynch run and the final was a Russell Wilson 5-yard run to finish off the rout and make it 35-6 Seahawks.
If the Seahawks can win next week, they’ll clinch the division and the No. 1 overall seed in the conference.
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The Stars: This was a record-breaking evening for the Seahawks. The team would finish with 596 total yards, the most in franchise history. Russell Wilson passed for 339 and ran for 88 more (including a career-high 55-yarder); Seattle racked up 267 rush yards as a team; Luke Willson managed 139 yards and two scores on three grabs.
The Goats: Despite all the big plays allowed by the normally-stout defense, the Cardinals were still in this late. They simply don’t have much of an offense without Carson Palmer, however.
Ryan Lindley was just 18-of-44 and the rushing game came up with 29 yards all together. The team accounted for just 216 total yards.
Seattle’s not totally free from blame here; they compiled 11 penalties for 97 yards.
Injuries: Seattle has a few injury concerns heading into the finale. Cooper Helfelt was carted off during the game, but was able to return. Jermaine Kearse injured his hamstring and was ruled out, while CB Tharold Simon hurt his shoulder late in the game.
Outlook: Both teams will be back in action on Sunday, December 28 at 4:25 PM ET on FOX. The Seahawks will host the Rams, while the Cardinals will travel to San Francisco to see the 49ers.
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