Week 17: Seahawks Grab Top NFC Seed With Victory Over Cardinals

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  1. LtJustice

    LtJustice QSF Commissioner

    Jul 22, 2010
    The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals came into this game with their eyes on improving their position in their post season spots. The Seahawks needed a win to guarantee the #1 seed in the NFC, and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and the Cardinals wanted to avoid potential tiebreakers with other Wild Card hopefuls that could leave their postseason opportunity in doubt. The Seahawks took and early lead and held off a late comeback attempt by the Cardinals to secure a 33-21 victory and lock in that top seed. Despite the loss, the Cardinals were still guaranteed a Wild Card spot, by the time the final whistle blew on this game.

    1st Quarter

    The game started off with a bang for the Seahawks, as Percy Harvin would take the opening kickoff from a step into his own endzone and return it 101 yards for the touchdown and an early 7-0 lead.

    Things seemed to go from bad to worse for the Cardinals, as Seattle Pro Bowl nickle cornerback Dunta Robinson would pick off Cardinals 2nd year quarterback Garrett McCadden on the Cardinals first play from scrimmage. The Cardinals defense would come up huge, as they held the Seattle offense to a three and out, forcing the punt.

    The Seahawks defense would get their 2nd interception in as many plays, as Earl Thomas picked off a deep bomb attempt by McCadden. Again the Arizona defense would make a huge stand to force a 3 and out and a Seattle punt.

    The Arizona Cardinals would try to establish the run game, but a fumble by halfback Rashard Mendenhall deep in their own territory would mean their 3rd turnover in as many possessions. Seattle DT Brandon Mebane would jump on the loose ball to give the Seahawks possession inside the redzone. Halfback Vince Kerr would punch the ball in from three yards out to give the Seahawks a 14-0 lead late in the 1st quarter.

    The Cardinals would suffer their 4th turnover of the game, when Seattle All-Pro linebacker Billy Wagner read a pass play designated for tight end Anthony McCoy and stepped in front of the pass for an interception.

    2nd Quarter

    The Seahawks would come up short on a long field goal attempt, as they yet again failed to capitalize on an interception by their defense.

    The Cardinals would put together a promising drive deep into Seattle territory and were poised to finally get on the board. Former Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson would put an end to the drive when he picked off a McCadden for the 4th time, this one inside the Seattle 5-yard line.

    In an interesting twist former Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner, one of the men that Peterson was traded for, intercepted Russell Wilson on the very next pass to give the Cardinals the ball inside the 10 yard line. McCadden would run the ball in from 9 yards out on a keeper, to put the Cardinals on the board and cut the Seattle lead to 14-7.

    The Seahawks would move down field on their next drive, but the Arizona defense would stiffen and Seattle was held to a 26 yard field goal with under a minute to play in the half.

    Cardinals returner Ted Ginn would be injured on the ensuing kickoff, the injury appeared to be a serious shoulder injury that could keep Ginn on the shelf for the rest of the season. Arizona would gamble on a deep ball and Robinson would come up with his 2nd interception of the day, and McCadden's 5th of the game.

    Seattle would manage to punch in a 37 yard field goal to push their lead to 20-7 at the half.

    3rd Quarter

    The Arizona Cardinals definitely regrouped at the half and came out firing on all cylinders on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter. McCadden orchestrated an impressive drive, that was capped off with a 1 yard touchdown run by Mendenhall, to cut the Seattle lead to 20-14.

    Both teams would then exchange interceptions on the next 2 possessions.

    Seattle caught a huge break as a Taiwan Jones fumble, inside their own 20, was overturned on a booth review. Then, facing a crucial 3rd down, Wilson would find receiver Doug Baldwin deep for a 69 yard touchdown. The Seahawks would fail on a 2 point conversion attempt, to keep their lead at 26-14.

    4th Quarter

    The Cardinals would answer right back with a 98 yard kick return, where the returner (not sure of player) was tripped up at the 2 yard line. Mendenhall would punch the ball in on the next play, for his 2nd touchdown of the day, to cut the Seattle lead to 26-21 early in the 4th quarter.

    The Cardinals defense would again hold the Seahawks to a 3 and out on their next possession. The Seattle defense would return the favor though, as receiver Andre Roberts would be rocked by a huge hit from Seattle safety Kam Chancellor to knock the ball out on a 3rd down pass attempt.

    On the ensuing drive Wilson would read the defense selling out to stop the run and call an audible. Facing one-on-one press coverage, Harvin would beat his man off the line and Wilson would connect with a deep bomb that Harvin ran in untouched for a 72 yard touchdown. The touchdown would give the Seahawks a 33-21 lead midway through the final quarter.

    The Cardinals would have on last possession to try to close the gap, but were held to a 4th down attempt. Roberts would again be victimized by a ferocious hit, this time by Earl Thomas, to knock out the 4th down pass attempt and turn the ball over to Seattle.

    The Seahawks would manage to grind out a first down and kneel out the clock to end the game.


    Great game Mike! Can't wait to continue our rivalry!
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  2. Miki1369

    Miki1369 Walk On

    Jul 24, 2010
    yeah bud great games this season, i was looking forward to the video highlights (Im sure giving up a free scouting report had something to do with it) but who needs highlights when u post a great recap.

    Looking forward to next years match ups.
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  3. LtJustice

    LtJustice QSF Commissioner

    Jul 22, 2010
    Nah, not worried about scouting, I got enough videos out there already. El Gato wasn't hooked back up yet, as the PS3 tried to find a new home after the PS4 moved in.

    It will be back in business for the post season though. ;)
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