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