Hawks beat Cards in NFC West showdown

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson greets running back Carlos Hyde after Hyde scored a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday Nov. 19 2020 in Seattle

Most critically, after the Seahawks took a 28-21 lead on a 41-yard field goal by Jason Myers with 2:21 left, the much-criticized Seahawks defense got the stop it needed.

Speaking after the game, Wilson said the ups and downs are simply are part of being an elite athlete. On fourth down, trade deadline acquisition Carlos Dunlap sealed the victory for Seattle with a sack.

The Arizona Cardinals quarterback never exited the game, but repeated sideline shots showed Murray wincing in pain and trying to keep the sore shoulder loose, particularly in the first half.

And the defense, while allowing the fewest points it has all season, held an Arizona offense averaging an NFL-high 425.4 yards per game to 314 yards and a rushing attack averaging an NFL-high 168.9 yards to just 57 yards on 18 carries.

"They definitely played for me in certain situations but like I said, we put up 21, had a chance to win the game at the end, but throughout the game, we started slow and kept shooting ourselves in the foot", Murray said. The win stopped the Seahawks' two-game skid.

The Seahawks had a total of nine sacks - seven by the defensive linemen - in the six games before Dunlap arrived.

Arizona had just 23 yards on 10 plays in the first quarter, and just one first down.

The Cardinals would be down by just two points late in the third quarter, but a brawl broke out between Seattle wide reliever DK Metcalf and Cardinals defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick. Murray dropped back 48 times in that game, and the Seahawks didn't register a sack or a quarterback hit. Especially during the second half when Arizona was on the verge of a comeback.

"They just played more sound", Huard said.

That turned an apparent fourth-and-two at the Arizona 32 - and a tough decision for the Seahawks - into a first down at the Cardinals 17.

One negative for the NFC West-leading Seahawks was the loss of veteran tight end Greg Olsen early in the fourth quarter.

Arizona nearly didn't get the ball back. The Seahawks added a field goal on the final play of the half. Olsen went down before contact and was helped off the field without putting weight on the leg. Carroll said the team believes Olsen tore the fascia in his foot. Combined those teams hold an 8-28-1 record.

Being able to stop DeAndre Hopkins is no easy task. Fitzgerald led Arizona with eight receptions. The previous four all went on to win the MVP award - Patrick Mahomes (2018), Peyton Manning (2013), Aaron Rodgers (2011) and Tom Brady (2007).



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