10/25 23:36 CDT Arizona knocks off undefeated Seattle with 37-34 OT victory
Arizona knocks off undefeated Seattle with 37-34 OT victory
By DAVID BRANDT
AP Sports Writer
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) --- Zane Gonzalez made a 48-yard field goal with 20
seconds left in overtime to give the Arizona Cardinals a 37-34 victory over the
Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night in a thriller that featured 1,091 total yards,
huge plays, crucial mistakes and --- finally --- a winner.
Seattle led all of regulation until Gonzalez made a 44-yard field goal as time
expired to tie it at 34.
And that's when the crazy really got started.
The Cardinals stopped the Seahawks opening drive in overtime and then quickly
moved downfield. On second-and-15, Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury elected to go
ahead and try for the field goal. Gonzalez made the 41-yarder, but Kingsbury
called a timeout just before the snap because the play clock was winding down.
Gonzalez missed wide left on the next attempt.
Moments later, it appeared Seattle had won on the ensuing drive when DK Metcalf
caught a 48-yard touchdown pass, but the play was called back because of
holding on receiver David Moore. Wilson threw an interception on the next play
that was picked off by rookie Isaiah Simmons.
That gave Gonzalez the chance for redemption. He nailed the winner to knock off
the previously undefeated Seahawks and set off a raucous celebration at
Arizona's Kyler Murray threw for 360 yards, three touchdowns and one
Seattle's Russell Wilson completed 33 of 50 passes for 388 yards, three
touchdowns and three interceptions. Carlos Hyde had a 24-yard touchdown run in
the second quarter. Tyler Lockett caught three touchdowns passes and had a
career-high 200 yards receiving on 15 catches.
The Cardinals pulled to 27-24 on Murray's 5-yard touchdown run in the third
quarter. Arizona had a chance to take the lead early in the fourth after
Wilson's pass was picked off by Patrick Peterson in the end zone.
But Murray threw an interception on the next play. The throw was intended for
Andy Isabella but sailed way off target and was caught by a diving Quandre
Diggs. That set up Lockett's third touchdown catch of the night and a 34-24
lead. He caught a 3-yard pass from Wilson, deftly dragging his feet in the end
zone just before he fell out of bounds.
But the Cardinals weren't done. Christian Kirk caught an 8-yard touchdown pass
with 2:28 left to pull Arizona to 34-31. Seattle had to punt on the ensuing
drive and the Cardinals needed just 52 seconds to move 54 yards and Gonzalez
kicked the tying field goal.
The action-packed first half featured 377 yards of total offense from the
Seahawks (5-1), who took a 27-17 lead into the break. Wilson had 250 yards
passing and two touchdowns to Lockett, while his biggest mistake was erased
when Metcalf caught Budda Baker to thwart the pick-six.
The Seahawks opened with a flawless first drive that featured a spectacular,
one-handed catch by Tyler Lockett for a 34-yard gain on the game's opening
play. Seattle cruised 75 yards in just six plays, finishing with a 6-yard
touchdown pass from Wilson to Lockett.
The Cardinals (5-2) had a few highlights in the first half as well. Murray
threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins --- who made the grab in
tight coverage while hitting the front pylon --- late in the first quarter.
Metcalf's hustle play in the second quarter saved a touchdown. Wilson lofted an
off-target pass at the goalline, Cardinals safety Baker snagged it easily and
looked like he would run untouched 98 yards for a game-changing pick-six.
But Metcalf never gave up on the play, accelerating over the final 20 yards to
catch Baker from behind at the Seahawks 8. The Cardinals scored zero points on
the ensuing drive after Murray's fourth-down pass fell incomplete.
Sunday's game was a showcase for short guys. Wilson's listed height is
5-foot-11, while Murray checks in at 5-10. According to NFL Research, it's the
first game of the Super Bowl era where two quarterbacks under 6 feet tall
finished with more than 250 yards passing in a game.
Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald continues to add to his impressive
career, catching a pass for a 250th consecutive game. His first catch Sunday,
which came late in the second quarter, was the 1,400th of his career. That's
the second-most in NFL history, trailing Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who caught
FANS IN THE STANDS
The Cardinals allowed 1,200 fans to attend Sunday's game which was more than
the 750 who watched the team's loss to Detroit on Sept. 27. There were 600 fans
on each side of the stadium, separated into groups of twos. A good chunk of
Seahawks fans were in attendance and several were easily spotted in their neon
Seahawks: Rookie RG Damien Lewis (knee) left the game in the second quarter.
... RB Chris Carson (foot) left the game just before halftime. ... CB Shaquill
Griffin was evaluated for a concussion in the third quarter and did not return.
Cardinals: DE Zach Allen (ankle) left the game in the first quarter. He tried
to return to for one play but then returned to the sideline and limped to the
locker room. ... LB Isaiah Irving (neck) left the game on a stretcher after
being injured on a special teams play late in the second quarter. ... DL Jordan
Phillips (hamstring) left the game in the second half and didn't return. ... RB
Kenyan Drake was hurt late in the fourth quarter after a 2-yard run and didn't
return. The injury wasn't disclosed.
Seahawks: They'll face another NFC West opponent when they host the San
Francisco 49ers next Sunday.
Cardinals: Arizona enters its bye week. The next game is on Nov. 8 at home
against the Dolphins.
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