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Arizona Cardinals Beat Seattle Seahawks: By Hook or Crook, Streak’s Over

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COMMENTARY | It was quite a run for the Seattle Seahawks at home under Russell Wilson, but the two-year undefeated streak is over at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. The 17-10 win wasn't without controversy, but suffice to say nothing will change the Cardinals win and their ability to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Carson Palmer and the offense weren't sharp, with Palmer going 13-for-25 for just 178 yards and four interceptions, but his lone touchdown strike to Michael Floyd was a thing of beauty at a perfect time.

Where previous regimes (and even this regime earlier in the year) may have tried to play it safe, the Cardinals went for the win and it paid off in spades.

Facing a third-and-six from the Seattle 31 yard line with 2:20 remaining in the game, the Cardinals trailed by just one point and could have played it safe in hopes of knocking down a field goal to take the lead.

Instead of the conventional running play to whichever hashmark Jay Feely felt most comfortable at, the Cardinals called on Palmer to throw. Having thrown four interceptions already, it was absolutely a risky play that would have been scrutinized all offseason if it didn't work.

As it was, Palmer threw a terrific pass down the left sideline to Floyd into man coverage. The defense was terrific, but Floyd bobbled and then came down with the game-winning touchdown.

Then, the controversy came. Before we get into it, let's not forget that the Cardinals were doing a terrific job of shutting down the Seahawks offense. Seattle had just 192 total yards for the game and even though they scored on their previous possession, it wasn't a foregone conclusion that they would do it again.


With 2:06 left, Wilson dropped back and fired a pass down the left side, intended for Doug Baldwin. It was a tight spot and ended up being a poor throw that appeared to bounce off of either an arm or the ground, into the arms of the Cardinals' Karlos Dansby.

The referees huddled, with nobody making the call. I said it before it even happened -- whichever way they call this will absolutely stand. They decided to rule it an interception and after further review, the call did indeed stand and the Cardinals ran out the clock.

I'll readily admit that you could see the rubberized surface come up where the ball appeared to hit the ground, but we couldn't be absolutely sure that the ball caused it. I'm not going so far to say it was karma for the Green Bay debacle, but the Seahawks may have gotten the wrong side of that one.

Regardless, even if that ended up being ruled an incompletion, the Cardinals defense was stout all afternoon and was definitely the favorite to win the game (at that point). Now, Cardinals fans need to become huge Atlanta Falcons supporters, in hopes the Week 17 matchup between Arizona and the San Francisco 49ers is for a playoff berth.

Michael Dunlap is the author of the " Daily NBA Fix ", an all-encompassing daily column that covers the NBA. He is an NBA credentialed writer who is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief for the Sports Illustrated/Fansided NBA site HoopsHabit.com and the gambling site GamblersGrind.com . He also covers high school sports for The Arizona Republic.


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