The Seattle Seahawks flew down to Glendale, Arizona to face a red hot Arizona Cardinals team. University Of Phoenix Stadium was a sea of red, as they were ready to see their Cardinals clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs against the defending champs. Most expected a close, grind it out defensive battle, but the Seahawks had other plans; they dominated the Cardinals 35-6.
Despite star running back Marshawn Lynch missing the entire first quarter because of an upset stomach, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense sparkled; they broke the single-game franchise records in total yards (596).
Wilson finished the game with two touchdown throws, 339 passing yards, one rushing touchdown and 88 rushing yards. Both of the passing touchdowns went from Wilson to Wilson—tight end Luke Wilson—who caught three passes for 139 yards on the night. Once Lynch grabbed some Skittles (literally) and came back for the second quarter, he finished with 10 carries 133 yards and two touchdowns; one which was a signature BEAST MODE-style run; Lynch ran past several defenders for a 79-yard score, for the longest run of his career.
Cardinals’ starting quarterback Ryan Lindley is the third-string quarterback for the Cardinals, but he got his first start since 2012 replacing the injured Drew Stanton, who is replacing the injured Carson Palmer. Lindley finished with 216 yards on 18 of 44 passing with no touchdowns and one interception against a Seahawks defense that ranks number one in the NFL.
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With the win, the Seahawks (11-4) and Cardinals (11-4) are now tied for the lead in the NFC West. The division championship will all come down to the last Sunday of the regular season. The Seahawks host the 6-9 St. Louis Rams on Sunday, while the Cardinals travel to San Francisco to face the 7-8 49ers.
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