Five most satisfying games of the Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll era

The Seahawks have a lot to look forward to in new head coach Mike Macdonald, but it's never a bad idea to look back on fond memories of the recent past.
Pete Carroll with the Seattle Seahawks
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Seahawks blow out the Cardinals in historic fashion, 58-0 (2012)

After Seattle had beaten New England in week six, they'd rattled off a few more wins and the young Seahawks were starting to put the league on notice. By December, Seattle was 7-5, threatening the San Francisco 49ers' division lead. The visiting Arizona Cardinals didn't know what hit them.

On Arizona's first possession, quarterback John Skelton (yikes) was picked off by Bobby Wagner and returned deep into Arizona territory. Wagner finished the game with two interceptions. Seattle managed a field goal after mustering only one yard on their opening possession. I remembered thinking this game would be a tight, messy, low-scoring affair. I was hilariously wrong.

After forcing an Arizona punt on its next possession, the Seattle offense kicked into gear and drove down the field with ease. The drive ended with a 20-yard Marshawn Lynch touchdown run, the first of Lynch's three eventual touchdowns. Seattle forced another punt and drove down for another touchdown. By the start of the second quarter, it was 17-0 in favor of Seattle and things were quickly getting out of hand. I don't think anyone could have predicted quite how crazy it would get, though.

After a strip sack of John Skelton, a pick-six by Richard Sherman, and another Sherman interception that led to a Zach Miller touchdown, the Seahawks led 38-0 at the half. Seattle's offense looked unstoppable and the defense had forced four turnovers, including a defensive score, in the first half. It was genuinely the most dominating half of professional football I've ever witnessed. The second half wasn't too shabby either.

Seattle received the opening kickoff in the second half and drove down the field with little resistance and scored again, blowing open the lead to 45-0. At this point, it looked like the Seahawks would score 70+ and I started to feel pity for Arizona. The Cardinals' ensuing possession ended in yet another turnover for poor Skelton as Wagner snagged his second interception of the game. It was just Seattle's day and Arizona could do nothing about it.

By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, both teams had pulled their starting quarterbacks, but for very different reasons. Russell Wilson just needed to avoid injury and his easy day at the office ended early. Skelton had thrown four interceptions and had lost a fumble and Arizona was just tired of looking at him. However, when backup Ryan Lindley entered the Cardinals game, he was immediately stripped too. It was just that type of day.

Seattle ultimately won the game 58-0, a historic win that really could have been a lot worse had Carroll not pumped the brakes. It was pure domination for Seattle, who improved to 8-5 and was heading with a full head of momentum toward the postseason. It was one of the most dominating wins in NFL history