Seahawks Seize Control of NFL’s Best Division With Win Over Cardinals on “TNF”
The Seahawks (7-3) now control their own destiny in the NFC West
Coming off a pair of losses on the road, the Seahawks returned home to Seattle and took care of the Arizona Cardinals 28-21 on Thursday Night Football.
It came down to the game’s final minute and required newcomer Carlos Dunlap, who was traded to Seattle by the Bengals in a mid-season deal, getting to Kyler Murray on fourth-and-10 at the Seattle 27 with 38 seconds for his second sack of the night.
“They brought me here to do one job. I would like to say that I was happy to get it done,” Dunlap said, via Seattle P-I. “This is just a start. I still got a full story to write. I still got to prove a point, and show up when called upon. This is what they brought me here for. I’m just happy I could deliver.”
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson completed 23-of-28 passes for 197 yards and a pair of touchdown passes in the victory, and the Seahawks also got their ground game going and rushed for 165 yards as a team.
For the Cardinals, Murray was 29-of-42 for 269 yards and two TDs, but was under constant pressure from Seattle’s defense and was unable to find the running lanes that were open during the teams’ first meeting, an Arizona win in overtime.
“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 afterward.
Now at 7-3 and in sole possession of first place awaiting the result of the 6-3 LA Rams taking on Tom Brady and Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football, the Seahawks should be able to stay atop the division if they play well as they have extremely winnable games against the Eagles, Giants, Jets and Washington over the next month.
Arizona (6-4) will head to New England to take on the Patriots next week in a game that could have major playoff implication for both teams.
With the win, Seattle avoided losing three games in a row for the first time with Wilson at quarterback.
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