Ari­zona kicks Seat­tle’s late, two-TD rally to the curb

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Tim Booth

seat­tle» The Ari­zona Car­di­nals con­tinue to give the Seat­tle Sea­hawks headaches at home. This time, it will likely end up cost­ing Seat­tle a first-round bye in the play­offs.

Chan­dler Catan­zaro hit a 43-yard field goal on the fi­nal play and the Car­di­nals beat the Sea­hawks 34-31 on Satur­day.

Seat­tle ral­lied from a 31-18 deficit, scor­ing two touch­downs in­side the fi­nal three min­utes to pull even 31-31. Jimmy Graham had a 37yard touch­down catch and Paul Richard­son’s 5-yard TD with 1:06 left tied it. Steven Hauschka missed the ex­tra point that could have given Seat­tle the lead, but it didn’t mat­ter in the end.

Ari­zona went 50 yards in the fi­nal minute and Catan­zaro’s kick was good, de­liv­er­ing a huge blow to Seat­tle’s chances at the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

It was the Sea­hawks’ first home loss this sea­son; all NFL teams have now been beaten in a home game.

Ari­zona won for the third time in its last four vis­its to Seat­tle, but none will be as costly as this for the Sea­hawks. At­lanta and Detroit will be send­ing thank-you cards af­ter Ari­zona opened the door for either to end up with the No. 2 seed.

David John­son rushed for three short touch­downs, but it was his two re­cep­tions on Ari­zona’s fi­nal drive that were huge. John­son had a 13-yard catch, fol­lowed by a 29-yard re­cep­tion that got the Car­di­nals into field-goal range. Car­son Palmer on third-and-10 found Larry Fitzger­ald to the Seat­tle 25.

Ari­zona rushed out its field-goal unit and Catan­zaro’s kick was true.

John­son ex­tended his streak of at least 100 yards from scrim­mage to 15 games, the long­est to start a sea­son. He fin­ished with 95 yards rush­ing and 41 yards re­ceiv­ing.

Palmer was 16-of-26 for 284 yards and an 80-yard touch­down pass that gave Ari­zona a 14-0 lead.

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