Don't expect the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals to take today's game lightly and rest players. With a win over Seattle and a loss by Carolina to Tampa Bay, the Cardinals could secure the No. 1 seed in the conference and with it, home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The areas shaded in pink on the following map, courtesy of 506 Sports, will be able to watch the Seahawks take on the Cardinals live online.
In a game that was never close, the Seattle Seahawks concluded the regular season with a 36-6 beatdown of the Arizona Cardinals.
"Absolutely, this was a statement", the Seahawks' Christine Michael said.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Dwight Freeney (54) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz.
"It's just us playing our style of football", cornerback Richard Sherman said.
"Yeah, that's the craziest stat I think I've ever heard", Arians said. Hope you'll all be here to enjoy it with us!
Thte Cardinals responded in kind, tightening the gap to 10-6. It's a nice wakeup call.
They are already in the playoffs as a wild card and the only remaining question is whether they are the No. 5 or No. 6 seed and if they'll open the postseason at Green Bay, Washington or Minnesota. After another Arizona 3-and-out punt, the Seahawks punted for the first time in the game with the 3rd Quarter coming to a close.
Lockett set up touchdowns with punt returns of 66 and 42 yards and with a 36-yard reception.
Chancellor has not played since the first quarter of the Week 14 victory at Baltimore, sitting out the past two games.
The defense allowed one TD drive but otherwise had its way with the Cardinals in a stunning turnaround from the teams' November 15 game, in which Arizona scored 39 points.
Carson Palmer said "We'll bounce back". Last week against the Rams was a different story, as Michael averaged 1.0-yards-per-carry, totaling six yards and Brown recorded nine yards. It will be the first time these teams have faced in the playoffs.
After a shaky start to the 2015 season, Russell Wilson put up his best season of his career.
Lockett had four punt returns for 139 yards in the first half, and that didn't include a 22-yard return negated by a penalty.
Larry Fitzgerald caught a 15-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage to break his own franchise record for receptions in a season.
Doug Baldwin caught a team-high five passes for 46 yards but did not score. Beating the NFL's best team in Arizona on the road is no small feat, and this win should give the Seahawks confidence going into next week. The Hawks had a 10-6 lead when Wilson hit fullback Will Tukuafu, a former University of OR defensive lineman, out of the backfield with a 7-yard floater for a touchdown. When Wilson connected with Jermaine Kearse for a 24-yard TD, it was 30-6.
RUNNING COMMITTEE: The Cardinals won't have to see Marshawn Lynch because the Seahawks running back will miss his seventh straight game due to an abdominal injury that required surgery. "I've been around a couple guys who have been involved in franchise records and they're very special seasons", he said. And his 34 touchdown passes easily eclipsed the mark Dave Krieg set in 1984. Cardinals DT Cory Redding didn't return after a first-half ankle injury. The bad news? That game is going to be against the Seahawks, who absolutely destroyed Minnesota in Week 13.