Report Card: Cardinals Conquer 12th Man
By Jon Matthews
It finally has been done! The Seahawks hadn't loss a game at home in two seasons. Not anymore. Arizona beat Seattle, 17-10, this past weekend to keep their playoff hopes alive, and raise some doubt in Seattle.
"An ugly win is a win, regardless of how it comes out," said Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer, who chucked four interceptions.
He couldn't have said it any better. Things weren't clicking. Everyone struggled on offense. The Cardinals couldn't get the ground game going with either Rashard Mendenhall and Andre Ellington barely reaching 60 yards. The receivers were blanketed on the outside. With Larry Fitzgerald catching a team-high three catches for 18 yards. Luckily, after the four-interception performance, Palmer was able to rise to the occasion in the fourth quarter by throwing the game-winning touchdown to Michael Floyd.
The defense held it down. They were able to pull in an interception and force a fumble. Also, racking up a couple of sacks and putting pressure on Russell Wilson. The front seven was stout as usual and limited Marshawn Lynch's production. Meanwhile, the pass defense held Russell Wilson to a mediocore 108 yards.
The win kept the Cardinals alive for a wild-card playoff berth. They sit at 10-5, with another division rival, the 49ers, looming on the schedule this Sunday. If the Niners lose to the Falcons on Monday Night Football, they could clinch a playoff spot with a victory.