Seattle Seahawks go out with spirited win
The Seattle Seahawks had nothing to play for in their season capper on Sunday, Jan. 9, at Arizona.
But they played like the playoffs were on the line in a 38-30 win over the host Cardinals, in the process denying Arizona the NFC West crown.
By winning their last two games after being eliminated from playoff contention, and winning four of their last six, the Seahawks finished 7-10. Their first losing season in a decade ended on a high note with Rashaad Penny topping off his dynamic last month of the season by running for 190 yards and a touchdown and with Russell Wilson throwing for 238 yards and three touchdowns.
The back-and-forth game turned Seattle's way after Arizona punter Lee fumbled a snap, setting up a 10-yard Seahawks scoring possession early in the fourth quarter. Wilson ran four yards for the score that made it 31-24 Seattle.
A 62-yard touchdown run for Penny essentially sealed the Seattle win, making it 38-27 with 4:34 left in the game.
The game started poorly when Wilson was sacked and fumbled on the second play and the Cardinals' Zach Allen picked up the ball and scored. But Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for a 43-yard score moments later.
Lockett caught five passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns, DK Metcalf five for 58 yards and Freddie Swain grabbed one for a 25-yard touchdown.
Arizona would have won the NFC West by beating Seattle because San Francisco rallied from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Los Angeles Rams in overtime. That result sends SF to the playoffs and knocked out New Orleans. The Rams still won the NFC West — and will host Arizona in next weekend's wild-card round.
San Francisco, which needed an 88-yard drive inside the final two minutes to force overtime and keep its season alive, opens the playoffs at Dallas.
The OT game in Los Angeles was one of three on a wild Sunday that culminated with Las Vegas beating the Los Angeles Chargers on a last-second overtime field goal to advance to the playoffs and end the Chargers' season. Had that game ended tied, both the Raiders and Chargers would have made the playoffs. Instead, the Pittsburgh Steelers are in the playoffs thanks to their own overtime win over Baltimore and a surprising Jacksonville win over Indianapolis that knocked the Colts from the playoffs.
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