Seahawks end season with disappointing 26 to 24 loss to Cardinals.

The Seattle Seahawk (9-7) string of consecutive playoff appearances will end at five after the teams disappointing 26 to 24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals (8-8) Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field. The chance of the Seahawks making the playoffs six years in a row was always a long shot. The Seahawks needed to beat the Cardinals and the Atlanta Falcons needed to lose their home against the Carolina Panthers.

Neither of those things happened on Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons beat the Carolina Panthers 22 to 10 and the Seahawks lost to the Cardinals when Blair Walsh’s 48-yard field goal attempt with 37 seconds left was wide right. The loss to the Cardinals was typical of the way the Seahawks game played out this season.

A  slow offensive first half that was coupled with a bend but don’t break effort by the defense followed by a second half in which the defense continues its herculean effort and the offense scores just enough points for a  nail-biting victory. The Seahawks had one victory this year where they won by more than 21 points. That was a week four 46 to 18 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

In the last eight games of the season, the Seahawks won four games by outscoring their opponents with a combined score of  40  points,  and in that same period, the Seahawks lost four games by 46 points.

On Sunday the Cardinals scored on three of their four drives to start the game and when into the halftime break with a  20-7 lead. The Seahawks lone touchdown in the first half was courtesy of a 99-yard kickoff return by Tyler Lockett in the first quarter.

The Seahawks offense followed the season-long script and joined the game in the second half when Russell Wilson hit Doug Baldwin with an 18 yard TD pass to cut the Cardinals lead to  20 to 14. The teams traded field goals and the Seahawks took their first lead of the game with 10:31 left in the game when Wilson and Baldwin connected on another touch day play this time from 29 yards out to give the Seahawks the 24 to 23 lead.

Arizona retook the lead on a 42 yard Dawson field that proved to be the game-winner putting an end to  Seattle’s challenging season according to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

” I think the first thing I want to say is that this has been a really challenging seson for us. W saw a lot of things happened during this year that we needed to overcome and endure and get through. I think this game today was almost a microcosm of this season. The slow starts, the getting in our own way, making  it hard on us at time when it wasnt’ about the opponent”

 

 

GAME STATS COURTESY OF NFL.COM

ARIZONA CARDINALS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
D. Stanton 15 34 145 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
K. Williams 23 75 3.3 0
E. Penny 8 39 4.9 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Fitzgerald 8 55 6.9 0
Ja. Brown 1 25 25 1
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
R. Wilson 18 29 221 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Davis 10 48 4.8 0
R. Wilson 5 36 7.2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Baldwin 4 90 22.5 2
J. Graham 3 45 15

TEAM STATS   

ARIZONA

Total First Downs

19 SEATTLE

Total First Downs

13
By Rushing 7 By Rushing 3
By Passing 9 By Passing 9
By Penalty 3 By Penalty 1
Third Down Efficiency 4/14 – 28% Third Down Efficiency 1/12 – 8%
Fourth Down Efficiency 0/0 – 0% Fourth Down Efficiency 1/1 – 100%
Total Net Yards 259 Total Net Yards 296
Total Rushing/Passing Plays (includes Sacks) 68 Total Rushing/Passing Plays (includes Sacks) 54
Average Gain per Offensive Play 3.8 Average Gain per Offensive Play 5.5
Net Yards Rushing 116 Net Yards Rushing 101
Total Rushing Plays 33 Total Rushing Plays 22
Average Gain per Rushing Play 3.5 Average Gain per Rushing Play 4.6
Tackled for a Loss (Number-Yards) 2–7 Tackled for a Loss (Number-Yards) 5–15
Net Yards Passing 143 Net Yards Passing 195
Times Sacked (Number-Yards) 1 – 2 Times Sacked (Number-Yards) 3 – 26
Gross Yards Passing 145 Gross Yards Passing 221
Pass Comp-Att-Int 15 – 34 – 1 Pass Comp-Att-Int 18 – 29 – 0
Average Gain per Passing Play (includes Sacks) 4.1 Average Gain per Passing Play (includes Sacks) 6.1
Kickoffs (Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks) 7 – 3 – 1 Kickoffs (Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks) 5 – 2 – 2
Punts (Number-Average) 6 – 53.2 Punts (Number-Average) 8 – 43.5
Blocked 0 Blocked 0
Net Punting Average 40.0 Net Punting Average 39.0
FGs Blocked – PATs Blocked 0 – 0 FGs Blocked – PATs Blocked 0 – 0
Total Return Yardage (excludes Kickoffs) 16 Total Return Yardage (excludes Kickoffs) 39
Punt Returns (Number-Yards) 2 – 16 Punt Returns (Number-Yards) 4 – 39
Kickoff Returns (Number-Yards) 3 – 101 Kickoff Returns (Number-Yards) 6 – 182
Interception Returns (Number-Yards) 0 – 0 Interception Returns (Number-Yards) 1 – 0
Penalties (Number-Yards) 4 – 25 Penalties (Number-Yards) 8 – 100
Fumbles (Number-Lost) 1 – 0 Fumbles (Number-Lost) 2 – 0
Touchdowns 2 Touchdowns 3
Rushing 1 Rushing 0
Passing 1 Passing 2
Interceptions 0 Interceptions 0
Kickoff Returns 0 Kickoff Returns 1
Fumble Returns 0 Fumble Returns 0
Punt Returns 0 Punt Returns 0
Extra Points (Made-Attempted) 2 – 2 Extra Points (Made-Attempted) 3 – 3
Kicking (Made-Attempted) 2 – 2 Kicking (Made-Attempted) 3 – 3
Two Point Conversions (Made-Attempted) 0 – 0 Two Point Conversions (Made-Attempted) 0 – 0
Field Goals (Made-Attempted) 4 – 4 Field Goals (Made-Attempted) 1 – 2
Red Zone Efficiency 1/1 – 100% Red Zone Efficiency 1/1 – 100%
Goal To Go Efficiency 1/1 – 100% Goal To Go Efficiency 0/0 – 0%
Safeties 0 Safeties 0
Final Score 26 Final Score 24
Time of Possession 32:16 Time of Possession 27:44

 

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