Dec 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington (58) tackles Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) short of the end zone during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) and Arizona Cardinals linebacker Marcus Benard (59) assist on the tackle. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks sloppy offense dooms team in loss to Cardinals at C-Link

Carson Palmer threw four interceptions but ultimately threw the game-winning touchdown for the Cardinals as the Seahawks lost for the first time at home since Dec. 24, 2011 on Sunday.

The game was plagued by one of the worst offensive performances of the year by the Seahawks.

Russell Wilson went 11-for-27 for 108 yards, a touchdown and an interception. At halftime, he was 6-for-16 for just 47 yards. The offense was doomed by multiple 3-and-outs and Jon Ryan punted the ball nine times, tied for his most this season.

The Seahawks were 2-for-13 on third downs in the game.

Seattle had not lost a game in nearly two years and Sunday’s loss marked the first time Wilson lost at home in his professional career. The team had many opportunities to play a better game, but they were simply outplayed by the Cardinals.

Arizona had more plays (70-51), more total yards (307-192), more possession (37:24-22:36) and fewer penalties (9-7).

Neither team scored in the first quarter, but the Seahawks took a 3-0 lead in the second quarter when Steven Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal. Later in the quarter, Jay Feely tied the game at 3-3.

The Seahawks had a chance to take the lead with seconds left in the half, but Hauschka missed what looked like an easy 24-yarder and the teams headed to the locker room tied at the half.

The miss was Hauschka’s second of the year.

In the third, Feely kicked another field goal and in the fourth quarter, he kicked his third of the game to ultimately give the Cardinals a 9-3 lead with 10:43 left in the final quarter.

The Seahawks scored a touchdown later in the quarter to take a 10-9 lead but the Cardinals countered with a 10-play, 80-yard drive that ended when Palmer hit Michael Floyd for a touchdown with just over two minutes left in the game. A two-point conversion later made it a 17-10 game.

Seattle had a chance to put together a game-winning drive but Wilson threw an interception that ultimately ended the game. The interception call was controversial — the ball bounced off the ground into a Cardinals’ defender’s arms, but the officials ruled the ball hit receiver Doug Baldwin, not the ground, to keep the ball and the play alive.

The Seahawks were docked for nine penalties for 102 yards, many of which were questionable. They allowed the Cardinals to get six first downs because of penalties. Seattle had nearly as many penalties as they did first downs (10).

Nevertheless, the Seahawks (12-3) will play on Dec. 29 in the regular season finale at home against the St. Louis Rams (7-8). They will be forced to play all of their starters and will need help to clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They have already clinched a playoff spot and still have the best record in the NFC.

The Cardinals (10-5) can clinch a playoff spot if they beat the San Francisco 49ers (10-4) at home in Week 17.

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  • questionable calls!

    Bwahahaha! Questionable calls don’t lose football games…teams lose football games! Stop crying and accept the fact that the better team won!

    • k

      He specifically stated the cardinals outplayed the seahawks. There were questionable calls. But he blames the loss on the seattle offense. Not on the penalties. Did you even read the article?

    • Jay Rice

      Actually, bad calls do lose football games, you FKN reject, LOL. What’s that??? The better team won??? Yeah, I guess that’s why the Hawks have a better record, why they beat you in ARI earlier this year, and why they made you fools look like a FKN joke last year when they beat you 58-0, LMFAO. Ask anyone who’s not a pathetic, retarded bias Card, or 49er fan, and they will tell you the ball clearly hit the ground in the final INT. Speaking of INT’s, I wouldn’t say the Cards outplayed SEA when they threw 4 INT’s, and squeaked out a win because if a BS INT call that didn’t even exist!!!!! Now those hard facts are something to BWAHAHAHA about, you little twirp.

  • Jlbanks

    “and will need help to clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC” I believe that is incorrect. If Seattle beats the Rams they are the number 1 seed.

  • Jlbanks

    Agreed that Seahawks got out played offensively but credit a VERY GOOD (number1 rush defense) for shutting down Seattles basic run attack…IMHO Seahawks would have been better served to run more screen passes early on to make AZ pay for their aggressive defensive front…

  • Mark Dewees

    This game really reminded of the Rams game. i think the Hawks did not bring their best game offensively and just seemed to be kinda lethargic out there. Bevell’s play calling was far to vanilla as well. every play was simply a run up the gut or deep pass. where were zone reads, quick slants and screens to the outside Bevell? you know this is good front seven that puts a lot of pressure on QB’s and your answer is stand there in pocket and try an throw deep with an offensive line that has been somewhat suspect all year? Yes Russell and the receiver were bad today, but this trend concerns me the most and was one thought had been fixed after many weeks ago

  • John Kooms

    No way we’ll get to the super bowl , let alone win it , with this offense . We have a great defense but the offensive line , our quarterback , our receivers … little more than mediocre . Wilson is too small , does not have the arm or the field vision and he’s too conservative … he will not throw a pass unless the receiver is wide open . You watch top franchise quarter backs in the league , they’ll throw precision passes into coverage , bullets if need be , receivers are able to make the play … often they are critical plays .

    Wilson is an over achiever but what he can achieve isn’t enough in the NFL … and it won’t be . Defense alone will not win you the Super bowl , you gotta score points in this league. Our record makes us look better than we are .