Cardinals miss shot at NFC West title, lose 38-30 to Seahawks

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It’s been a frustrating season for the Seahawks, but they were able to end it on a happy note.

Russell Wilson accounted for four touchdowns and Rashaad Penny sprinted 62 yards for a crucial fourth quarter score in a 38-30 road win over the Cardinals. The win moves the Seahawks to 7-10 on the season and it also ensured that the Cardinals will not win the NFC West title this season.

Arizona led the division for much of the year, but fell behind the Rams in recent weeks and needed a win plus a Rams loss to move back into first in Week 18. They got the Rams loss, but Wilson, Penny, and the rest of the Seahawks proved to be too much for them.

Wilson threw three touchdowns and ran for another on a day that started with him losing a fumble that the Cardinals returned for a touchdown. He also threw a pick that was returned to the one-yard-line to set up another score, but those miscues wound up being more than mitigated by his positive contributions.

Penny’s recent performances have done some mitigation work as well. The 2018 first-rounder’s first three-plus seasons were a disappointment, but his 190 yards and touchdown on Sunday leaves him with 671 yards and six touchdowns over the final five weeks of the season. He’ll be a free agent this offseason and his closing flourish should help his bid for a job in the coming months.

The Cardinals will still be in action in the Wild Card round next week, but they’ll be waiting to see how running back James Conner is after leaving Sunday’s game with injured ribs. They’ll also be trying to shore up their pass protection after allowing five sacks of Kyler Murray over the course of the loss.

Doing so will be imperative with the Rams and Aaron Donald on deck.

22 responses to “Cardinals miss shot at NFC West title, lose 38-30 to Seahawks

  1. turdferguson98 says:
    There is zero chance SEA beats Arizona with AZ finally getting healthy . . . SEA just doesn’t have the defense to handle AZ’s offense . . .
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    Really? Zero?

  2. The Arizona Desert Birds are awful. They should not be in the playoffs. Right now there is no NFC fitting for the playoffs. Full of pretenders. Maybe it is time to ditch having conference title games and to open up the field to the top six teams and then to start the playoffs.

  3. Looks like A-Rod going to walk into Conference Title game, Stanford doesn’t win in Green Bay.

  4. Cowboys ….. though…… right. How many errr elite favorites lost? To inferior teams?
    Any Given Day! Just see the eagles one and done dynasty. Life is present moment. And presently Now Cowboys looking No Different then Any Other Err Elite Teams!

  5. laserwizard2021 says:
    January 9, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    …Right now there is no NFC fitting for the playoffs. Full of pretenders. Maybe it is time to ditch having conference title games and to open up the field to the top six teams and then to start the playoffs.
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    If a teams won/loss record is the criteria for being a top 6 teams, the list would only include 2 AFC teams.

  6. It took a while but Penny is the best back in the NFL right now.

    I hope the Hawks can resign him.

    And kudos to Adrian Peterson. Whatever he did to turn Penny on is amazing.

  7. Meaningless win for Seattle, costs them draft position…
    Never mind, they got off injured and overrated Jamaal Adams for next drafts slot.

  8. realitycheckbaby says:
    January 9, 2022 at 8:19 pm
    It took a while but Penny is the best back in the NFL right now.

    I hope the Hawks can resign him.

    And kudos to Adrian Peterson. Whatever he did to turn Penny on is amazing.>>

    Hardly. Jonathan Taylor and King Henry have a thing or to to say about that.

    As for the Hawks, enjoy the rebuild, don’t forget your participation trophy at the door. Enjoy watching the REST of the NFC West in the playoffs.

  9. How quickly AZ went from the best team in football to a Wildcard in a matter of weeks.

  10. calizcowboyz says:
    January 9, 2022 at 8:07 pm
    Cowboys ….. though…… right. How many errr elite favorites lost? To inferior teams?

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    The Cowboys haven’t won anything relevant since the mid 90s. This year will be no different

  11. This is the strange situation with a team that viewed in the whole might be said to have a successful year and the coach as a result an acceptable year. And yet the opposite might reasonably be the conclusion if you look closer.
    But this team has cratered to end the season, had a bad loss to my Lions which even as happy with their progress as I am a true SB contender should not have done. The offense has seemed to get over one hurdle only to slam face first into the next. The obvious talent of Murray and Hopkins makes the return frustrating and debatable, and questions the coaches performance this year it must be said.
    Kingsberry could fall victim to the owner thinking the grass should be greener in his yard and if the right person becomes available who knows.

  12. calizcowboyz says:
    January 9, 2022 at 8:07 pm
    Cowboys ….. though…… right. How many errr elite favorites lost? To inferior teams?
    Any Given Day! Just see the eagles one and done dynasty. Life is present moment. And presently Now Cowboys looking No Different then Any Other Err Elite Teams!

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    Man you are unreal. The Cowboys haven’t beaten anybody the last 7 weeks. The only real teams they played they lost to. Then They beat up on Washington who literally had nobody and Philly who chose to play nobody and still ran all over your number 1 D with backup running backs. Did you actually watch the games? The Cardinals aren’t Washington or Philly. They’ve struggled, but have a great running QB that will convert 3rd and short, leaving Parsons and the crew gasping for air. They are going to run the ball. Your team is incapable of running the ball.

  13. Philly has no excuses for giving up 51 points at home to the Cowboys. None.
    Eagles have no pride or talent. WFT was a tougher competitor than the Eagles who gave up over 90 points in 2 games to the Cowboys.
    Even the Cowboys 4th stringers went wild on the Eagles.

  14. turdferguson98 says:
    There is zero chance SEA beats Arizona with AZ finally getting healthy . . . SEA just doesn’t have the defense to handle AZ’s offense

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    So much for that one.

  15. calizcowboyz says:
    January 9, 2022 at 8:07 pm
    Cowboys ….. though…… right. How many errr elite favorites lost? To inferior teams?
    Any Given Day! Just see the eagles one and done dynasty. Life is present moment. And presently Now Cowboys looking No Different then Any Other Err Elite Teams!

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    I totally agree. This is a talented team without a HC and the OC is a Garrett leftover. BOTH bad moves by an owner who claims he wants to win so bad. He says he does but what he does says the opposite. Just wish fans would wake up and see this.

  16. r502 says:
    January 9, 2022 at 8:36 pm
    Meaningless win for Seattle, costs them draft position…
    Never mind, they got off injured and overrated Jamaal Adams for next drafts slot.
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    No cost the Jets draft position…

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