There were several positives that came out of the 20-16 win the Arizona Cardinals had over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The team released a few more tidbits to think about that should give you even more to smile about.
One is that the team is red hot dating back to last season. They have won eight of their last 10 games, something bested only by the New England Patriots, whom they play this Sunday.
Read on for more!
THE COMEBACKS CONTINUE
In 2011, the Cardinals won six games in which the team trailed in the fourth quarter, tying for the second-most such victories by any NFL team since 1970 (7, Indianapolis, 2009). That trend continued into the 2012 season after the Cardinals overcame a three-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Seahawks 20-16 yesterday at University of Phoenix Stadium.
HOME WIN STREAK AT SIX
The Cardinals pushed their home win streak to six games with the victory over Seattle yesterday. In winning the final five games of the 2011 season at University of Phoenix Stadium, the Cardinals won five straight home games in a single season for the first time since 1976. Tack on yesterday's victory and the Cardinals current six-game home win streak is the team's longest overall home win streak since the team won seven straight between 2007-08. In this six-game streak, the Cardinals have:
Cardinals Current Six-Game Home Win Streak
- 5 fourth quarter comebacks
- 4 overtime wins
- 6 wins by six points or fewer
- 4-point average margin of victory
- 4 consecutive wins by four points or fewer
- 6 straight games holding opponent to 20 points or fewer
The Cardinals current six-game home win streak is tied with San Francisco for the second-longest active home win streak in the NFL during the regular season. Only Baltimore (10) has more consecutive wins at home than Arizona.
Longest Active Home Win Streaks (Regular Season)
4 New England
CARDS ADD TO THE LEAD
- After leading the NFL in blocked FGAs in each of the last three seasons (5-2011, 3-2010, 3-2009), it didn't take the Cardinals long to take the early lead in that category again in 2012. When DE Calais Campbell blocked Seattle's 50-yard FGA on the first offensive possession of the game, it marked Arizona's first blocked FGA of the season and 13th block dating back to 2008, an NFL-high.
Most Blocked FG Attempts (2008-present)
Arizona's blocked FGA against the Seahawks yesterday was the only blocked FGA in the NFL during week one.
DEFENSE STANDS TALL AGAIN
During the 2011 season, Arizona allowed just 23 TDs in 58 possessions inside the red zone, with their 39.6 TD percentage ranking as the second-lowest total in the NFL (Baltimore, 38.1%). Over the final nine games, Arizona allowed opponents to score TDs on just 8 of 29 trips, and their 27.6 TD percentage was the lowest in the NFL. That trend continued in the season opener yesterday, as the Cardinals allowed Seattle to score just one TD on four trips to the red zone (25%), shutting them out on the Seahawks lone goal-to-go possession.
Another area the Arizona defensed excelled during the 2011 season was on third down, when the team allowed opposing offenses to convert just 71 of 226 third down attempts on the year with their 31.4 conversion percentage ranked as the best in the NFL. In yesterday's opener, the Cardinals defense allowed Seattle to convert just 5 of 16 third down attempts (31.3%).
The Cardinals defense allowed just 16 points in yesterday's game, with the Seahawks posting three field goals and a TD. All four of the Seahawks scoring drives started inside Cardinals territory. Below is a look at the Seahawks four scoring drives in the game:
Start Plays Net Yds Result
AZ-42 7 33 Field goal
AZ-24 5 24 Touchdown
AZ-34 4 5 Field goal
AZ-16 4 -5 Field goal
Seattle's four scoring drives covered a combined total of 57 yards, an average of 14.3 yards per drive. On those four drives, Seattle ran 20 plays, an average of 2.8 yards per play.
Of the 18 plays (not including penalties) the Seahawks ran on their final drive, six came inside the Arizona 20-yard line. After reaching the AZ-13 yard line, Arizona's defense forced QB Russell Wilson into five incomplete passes.
THREE SACKS MAKES SEVEN IN A ROW
With three sacks of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson yesterday, the Cardinals defense has now posted multiple sacks in seven consecutive games dating back to last season. That ranks as the second-longest active streak in the NFL behind the New England Patriots (10)
Consecutive Games with 2+ Sacks-Active NFL Streak
9 New England
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