The standings with reflect a W in the win column which is what the Seahawks intended goal was when they headed to Glendale Arizona to take on the Arizona Cardinals. Yes, the Seahawks were able to pull off a dramatic win over a Division rival thanks to a last-second 52yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski. The win leveled the Seahawks season record to 2-2 and left the team with a bittersweet feeling due to the cost of the win.
What the Seahawks lost in their matchup with the Cardinals was their wantaway All-Pro Safety Earl Thomas and promising rookie TE Will Dissily to injuries. Disssily suffered a patella injury while Thomas suffered a fracture of his left leg and was carted off the field. While no official medical diagnosis has been given, it is more likely than not that Thomas is done for the season. If that is the case, Thomas could very well have played his last game as a Seahawk since this is the last year of his contract which he was looking to get extended.
“That’s why it’s so bittersweet,” Seahawks head coach Peter Carroll said after the game. “We’d just turned things around and everything was going in a really positive direction, so it breaks my heart that we’re talking about this right now.”
A quick look at the stat sheet will leave one scratching their head because of the inconsistency. While the Seahawks running back Mike Davis was more than an adequate fill in for late game scratch Chris Carson, the Seahawks were 0-10 on third, had two missed field goals. Davis finished the day with 21 carries, 101 yards, and two touchdowns. The Seahawks finished 311 offensive yards, 171 rushing, and 160 passing.
The Seahawks self-inflicted wounds were the direct result of the team’s inability to pull away from the stubborn Cardinals and convert on third down. Janikowski added to the misery when he missed his first two field goals attempts but atoned for those two misses with a game-tying 40 yarder in the third quarter and the game-winner as time expired.
While the Seahawks are not quite ready to do an exorcism in Arizona, you have to wonder about the injuries that happen every time the Seahawks play the Cardinals in Arizona. In last years win over the Cardinals both Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor sustained season-ending injuries. Not mention the building is the site of the Seahawks heartbreaking to the New England Patriots in SuperBowl XLIX.