The Seattle Seahawks are headed the Dallas after a lethargic showing on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The Hawks were sloppy needing a last second field goal by Sebastian Janikowski to win the day, but with the 27-24 victory, the Hawks now stake claim to a 10-6 record and a playoff season that no one saw as a viable option at the beginning of the season.
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The pesky Cardinals claimed the #1 pick overall with the loss; however, someone forgot to tell many of their players that they were supposed to lose. Buddha Baker, former UW Husky safety, decided that he was going to be all over the field accumulating 12 tackles on the day. Former Wazzu safety, Deone Bucannon would add 7 tackles, a sack, and a tackle for a loss. The Cards would accumulate 6 total sacks for 63 yards against a Hawks offensive line that was missing several key players.
The Hawks would grind out the win on the strength of their #1 ranked ground game. Chris Carson had a career best 122 yards helping the Hawks accumulate 182 rushing yards on the ground. Carson found paydirt, but he wouldn’t be the only one as Mike Davis ate up 44 yards and a TD on his own.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson doing warm ups before he takes the field pic.twitter.com/YGoqR6eotj
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Tyler Lockett would punctuate his amazing season with 66 yards on 2 catches and a TD. In fact, with this effort, Russell Wilson ended the season with a perfect passer rating of 158.3 when targeting Lockett. The 4th year veteran out of Kansas State now has 57 catches for 965 yards giving him a ridiculous 16.9 yards per reception—the most since Joey Galloway in 1996 with 17.3.
“I think that Tyler has been special all year,’’ Wilson said. “We were hoping that he would get to 1,000 yards this year. He’s had an amazing year. … his work ethic has been amazing and he showed up once again.’’
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As special as the Wilson to Lockett connection has been, the special teams was equally awful. The Cardinals Pharoh Cooper was able to light up the Hawks with a 45 yard punt return, but it would be 2 blocked punts, including 1 for a touchdown that would bring the greatest shame to the Seahawks.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 30, 2018
The great Larry Fitzgerald would haul in a TD in what could be his last game ever. But aside from that the Hawks defense was pretty solid. The Hawks bottled up David Johnson to just 62 yards and sacked QB Josh Rosen 6 times.
.@larryfitzgerald makes the beautiful one-handed grab 👋
— NFL (@NFL) December 30, 2018
Frank Clark would get 2 sacks to up his total to 14 on the year, and to the delight of all Seahawks fans, defensive lineman Jarran Reed would collect 2 sacks to give him double digit sacks. The “run stuffer” now has 10 ½ sacks on the season which is almost unheard of in today’s game from a nose tackle. Reed joins Seattle legend Cortez Kennedy and John Randle as the only defensive tackles in Seahawks history to have over 10 sacks in a season.
Jarran Reed on Frank Clark: "They scared of him." pic.twitter.com/TzeGbVWV0d
— Parker Lewis (@ParkerLewisJR) December 31, 2018