Seahawks quiet Cardinals
Russell Wilson returned to his efficient self and the Seattle defense contained the top running team in the NFL on Thursday, Nov. 19, as the Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals at the newly-branded Lumen Field in Seattle.
The 28-21 win moves Seattle back to the top of the NFC West at 7-3. Arizona is 6-4. The L.A. Rams are 6-3 entering a Monday game at Tampa Bay.
Wilson threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns and the Seahawks, buoyed by the return of Carlos Hyde (79 yards and a touchdown), who rushed for 165 yards.
Most significantly, Seattle did not have a turnover after a slew of them in consecutive losses.
The Seahawks' defense contained one of the best offenses in the NFL.
Kyler Murray threw for 269 yards and two scores but the Cardinals' usually strong ground game was limited to 57 yards.
And, the game came down to a few critical plays by the Seahawks' defense.
Looking to tie the game, Arizona drove from its own 21 to the Seattle 27. After three incomplete passes, Carlos Dunlap sacked Murray on fourth-and-10 with 33 seconds left to seal the win for Seattle.
The Seahawks opened the game with a 75-yard, 12-play drive capped by a 25-yard Wilson pass to DK Metcalf.
Arizona tied it at 7-7 early in the second quarter with Kenyan Drake scoring from 2 yards out after a video review overturned a Seattle fumble recovery.
Seattle answered that with another score, marching 75 yards on 10 plays with Wilson hitting Tyler Lockett for an 11-yard score.
An Arizona injury with time running out before halftime stopped the clock and Wilson went deep for Metcalf and drew a pass interference penalty to set up a 27-yard Jason Myers field goal.
The Cardinals opened the third quarter with an 81-yard touchdown drive that was kept alive by two key penalties against the Seahawks.
Seattle responded again, moving 72 yards on eight plays capped by a Hyde 2-yard run.
Arizona then went 90 yards to pull within two points when Murray found a wide-open Chase Edmonds for a 3-yard TD pass on third and goal.
But Arizona's next possession went south for the visitors. A first-down intentional grounding penalty lost 12 yards and a holding penalty in the end zone on the next play gave Seattle a safety and two points. That put the Hawks up four points.
On the next Seattle possession, Myers, who missed an extra point in the second quarter, nailed a 41-yard field goal with 2:19 left in the fourth quarter.
Arizona, which won on a last-play Hail Mary on Sunday, Nov. 15, moved quickly within scoring range but the Seattle defense won its battles on Arizona's last four snaps.
The matchup between big receivers Metcalf and DeAndre Hopkins was a side story that didn't materialize. Metcalf scored the early TD but caught only three balls for 46 yards. Hopkins caught five passes for 51 yards but no touchdowns.
Next for the Seahawks is a Monday Night Football game at Philadelphia on Nov. 30.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.