Week 17: Seahawks Eliminated From Playoffs, Cardinals Win For Arians

In a must-win scenario, the Seahawks failed at home as Blair Walsh missed the go-ahead field goal.

Cardinals 26 Seahawks 24

Sorry 12’s, the Seattle Seahawks will not be going to the postseason this year. The Seahawks haven’t finished with less than 10 wins since 2012, when Russell Wilson took over at quarterback. Heading into Sunday, the Seahawks were tied with Falcons and needed to defeat the divisional Cardinals in order stay alive with an NFC Wild Card spot. The Seahawks got to a rough start early but had the chance to win in the final seconds of regulation with a Blair Walsh 48-yard field goal; Walsh missed it right as the Cardinals upset the Seahawks on their own turf. Conversely, the Cardinals finished the month strong with a 3–1 record. It was announced after that game that Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians will be retiring.

Chandler Jones

Cardinals edge rusher Chandler Jones continues to play at a high level and finishes the season as the NFL’s sack leader with 17.0 — his previous high was 12.5 sacks in 2015. He finished the day with five tackles and two sacks against an elusive Russell Wilson. If the Cardinals were a winning team, Jones could’ve been legitimate candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year with his consistent play. His 17 sacks is a new franchise record for the Cardinals, surpassing Simeon Rice.

Blair Walsh

With another missed field goal by the Seahawks’ kicker, he essentially sealed his fate to free agency and possiblly his career…he’s been that bad this season. As much as the Seahawks were trying to win this game — technically — it wouldn’t have mattered. Th Atlanta Falcons defeated the Carolina Panthers that day and the Falcons held the tiebreaker — from due to a missed Walsh 52-yarder against Atlanta earlier in the season. You really can’t make this stuff up.

In the bigger scheme of things, missing the field goal helped their position in the NFL draft. The difference between a 9–7 record to 10–6? Five spots. The Seahawks are now slated to pick 18th overall in first round of the NFL Draft.

Final Drive

Mental errors continue to devour the Seahawks. It’s essentially been the overlying theme of their season. Down 23–24, the Cardinals’ game-winning drive was fueled by a careless roughing-the-passer penalty on third down by Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner when it seemed certain the Seahawks would get the ball back. Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton would get the offense in field goal range as Cardinals’ Phil Dawson nailed his fourth field goal of the game.

Overall Thoughts

Along with Arians, it was announced today that Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer will also be retiring.

Wilson ended up leading the NFL in touchdowns with 34 for this season, 19 touchdowns in the fourth quarter. However, the Seahawks are due for a change as well with plenty of questions on the defense.

It’s an extremely deflating loss for the Seahawks, especially at home. The divisional Cardinals essentially treated this like a playoff game and sent their Head Coach off on a high note in what would the final game of his career. With question marks to both teams looming in the offseason, I will be intrigued whether the Seahawks and Cardinals choose to rebuild — or retool their roster.

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