Saturday, 24 December 2016
Seahawks waste golden opportunity in loss to Cardinals
The Facilities Seahawks put together an unlikely return against the Phoenix Cardinals, but in the end, they came up brief and missing a chance to company up playoff placement in the NFC.
Cardinals operating back again Bob Brown did a amazing job returning to the football against Kam Chancellor for a 29-yard finalization down the remaining part time with under a few minutes remaining, and Phoenix started an area objective as time ran out for a 34-31 success on Weekend.
The Seahawks realized going into their last two regular-season activities that if they just took care of business against a set of groups that were a mixed 6-21-1, they would have a bye in the first circular of the 2010 playoffs.
Now, the prospective direction to the Extremely Dish looks a lot more difficult.
For the moment, the The atlanta area Falcons take over the No. 2 identify in the NFC, which implies the Seahawks would have a home activity in the first circular and possibly two street activities to get to Austin for Extremely Dish LI. If the Detroit Tigers defeat the Facilities Boys on Thursday evening, the Seahawks would glide down to the No. 4 seeds.
And it's challenging to fault Saturday's reduction on any one thing.
In the first 50 percent, the violation was an extensive catastrophe. Inconsistency on that part of the football is still Seahawks' greatest problem. Russell Wilson was sacked six times and hit on 14 more events.
Wide recipient Tyler Lockett remaining the activity in the first 50 percent with a right leg damage and operating back again Brown Rawls departed after harming his neck.
But in the second 50 percent, the violation ignited, and Wilson completed 29-for-45 for 350 metres, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Doug Baldwin was amazing with 13 grabs for 171 metres. And Jimmy Graham had a key 37-yard landing. Experiencing a 31-18 lack with 4:10 remaining, the violation did its part.
The protection, though, faltered down the expand, enabling the Cardinals gain on four of their last six belongings. Carson Palmer completed 16 of 26 goes for 284 metres and a landing.
Earl Thomas' lack at protection was an issue for the Seahawks. Cornerback Jeremy Road was defeated for an 80-yard landing to J.J. Nelson in the first 50 percent, and it seemed like Thomas' back-up, Steven Terrell, did not deliver the appropriate help on the perform.
In the second 50 percent, Facilities cornerback Rich Sherman was defeated by Nelson on a inclination and Terrell took a bad place, becoming a 41-yard finalization.
The Seahawks are proud of being able to get rid of challenges, but there might be too many this year. Wilson has performed through three different accidents. The unpleasant range has fought. Facilities missing C.J. Prosise (and now possibly Lockett and Rawls) on violation. And the Seahawks are enjoying without Brown for initially.
Seattle trainer Pete Carroll will do his best to put a good rotate on Saturday's reduction. And given the Seahawks' reputation, it would be silly to depend them out.
But they missing a chance to put themselves in the best place on Weekend. Now the direction out of the NFC looks a whole lot more difficult.