SEATTLE, WA -- When it was all said and done, the Arizona Cardinals walked off CenturyLink field winners for the first time since 2009. When asked, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians described the victory, stating, "We executed our game plan flawlessly. We knew no one would take us seriously unless we beat the Seahawks at their own house, where they haven't lost in two years. We knew no one would take us seriously if we just won the game. We knew the only way anyone would take us seriously was if we not only beat them at their park but also gave them every opportunity to win but made them look foolish with our tremendous defense."
Arizona and Seattle each have one of the top-rated defenses in the league. They certainly showed up to play, but to make sure everyone saw how dominant the Cardinals defense was, the offense was asked to help Seattle out to further test the Cardinals defense. Carson Palmer did his best to make it a competitive contest, throwing for a career-best four interceptions. He said, "No one wants to see a lopsided game, particularly by the away team. Where is the sport in that? We are the Cardiac Cardinals. This is what we do to provide the crowds with entertainment."
The game-plan was in serious jeopardy early in the first quarter on the Cardinals opening drive, where they effortlessly moved down the field to get into the red zone and in scoring position. Rob Housler, the Arizona tight end, bailed out the offense by tipping up an easy touchdown pass to the defender. "I saw the pass coming my way, and knew the game would get out of hand quickly if we scored since we seemed to be able to move up and down the field without much difficulty. I batted it up in the air to Kam and he made the play," Housler said.
Palmer would throw three more interceptions, including another one in the end-zone to Richard Sherman. However, as anticipated the defense dominated the Seattle offense and made them, including their top-rated running game, pedestrian. At the end of the half, with Seattle unable to do anything more than muster a field goal (resulting from a Palmer INT), Palmer threw his third interception giving the ball to Seattle at the Arizona 3 yard line. As expected, however, the Cardinals defense stopped the outmatched Seattle offense and held them scoreless.
The Cardinal defense only let up once late in the game, giving up a late TD to Russell Wilson that gave Seattle a fourth quarter lead. At that point, Arians instructed Palmer to throw it to his own teammates and win the game. Palmer responded by taking the Cardinals 70 yards and scoring the game-winning TD on a 23-yard pass to Michael Floyd.
With the win, the Cardinals match their best record since coming to Arizona. Darnell Dockett, one of the leaders of the defense, was happy with the win. He stated, "The defense was near perfect today, and we are ally ecstatic about the victory. I just wish the offense didn't make it so hard for us. But we trust in the coaching staff and Palmer to do what's best for our team."
Arizona is technically still alive in the playoff race, but need either San Francisco to lose on Monday or New Orleans to lose next week coupled with an Arizona win vs. San Francisco next week to close out the season.
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