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Cardinals vs. Seahawks picks and predictions: Seattle gets 31-20 win in Week 17 behind 4 interceptions

Arizona's winning streak is ended, per the video game.

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With the final regular season game set to be played between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, it was time to see what artificial intelligence would predict for the game. Taking out Luke Willson, J.R. Sweezy and Russell Okung for Seattle and Markus Golden and Josh Mauro for the Cardinals, Madden 16 believes Seattle dominates. Behind four interceptions by the Seahawks, two by Richard Sherman, Seattle rolls to a 31-20 Week 17 win over Arizona in our Madden 16 simulation.

The start of the game looked like it might have some promise. After a three-and-out, Arizona blocked a 24-yard field goal attempt by Steven Hauschka. They were unable to capitalize and they punted it right back. Seattle scored on that very next possession, with Russell Wilson connecting with speedster Tyler Lockett from 16 yards out.

Richard Sherman picked off a Carson Palmer pass and Seattle took a two-touchdown lead after Christine Michael punched the ball in from a yard out.

Early in the second quarter, Seattle added a 46-yard field goal, giving them a 17-0 lead.

The Cardinals finally responded, scoring a touchdown after that, with Palmer finding John Brown for a 16-yard score. Seattle punted the ball back after that, but with the ball in Seattle territory, Arizona went for a fake punt attempt and Drew Butler was tackled for a three-yard loss on fourth down.

The next Arizona possession was another interception, this time by linebacker K.J. Wright. With less than a minute left in the half, Michael scored his second touchdown on a one-yard rush. Arizona would get the ball into field goal range, but ran out of time before time expired.

The 24-7 halftime deficit was too much to overcome.

Richard Sherman picked off another Carson Palmer pass and that turned into a third Christine Michael touchdown, an eight-yard pass from Russell Wilson.

Arizona would miss a field goal and then get the ball back on a Jerraud Powers interception. Arizona began to rally. Carson Palmer threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd, but the two-point conversion attempt failed and the Cardinals trailed 31-13 heading into the final quarter.

Arizona would hold Seattle to three punts and then would score on a seven-yard touchdown pass to David Johnson, pulling within 31-20, but Seattle recovered the onside kick attempt and Arizona turned the ball over on downs on their next possession.

31-20 was the final score, ending Arizona's nine-game winning streak.



Carson Palmer threw the ball 58 times, completing 33 of his attempts for 337 yards, three scores and four interceptions.

David Johnson rushed 14 times for 60 yards.

Larry Fitzgerald led the team in receptions, good for 92 yards, but Michael Floyd had seven catches for 107 yards and a score. John Brown caught six passes for 79 yards and a score.

On one positive note, Palmer was not sacked. However, they did not sack Wilson at all, either, despite two offensive line starters being out.


Russell Wilson was 22/29 for 246 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He rushed for 30 yards as well.

Christine Michael rushed 31 times for 74 yards and two scores and caught touchdown pass.

Jemraine Kearse had seven catches for 91 yards. Doug Baldwin caught three for 42 and Tyler Lockett had three for 54 and a score.