Ferreri: My takeaways in Seahawks victory over Cardinals
SEATTLE -- It might not have been pretty, and it ultimately didn't matter in the playoff standings, but the Seahawks managed to eke out a 27-24 win over the rival Arizona Cardinals Sunday afternoon in the regular season finale. Here are my thoughts on the game:
He did it again. Sebastian Janikowski beat the Cardinals for the second time this season with a game-winning field goal. Janikowski may be one of the oldest guys in the NFL and 8 years older than Rams coach Sean McVay, but he is reliable and he is not Blair Walsh.
Seahawks running back Chris Carson carried the ball 19 times Sunday for 122 yards, a big chunk of that yardage total coming in the 3rd quarter on a 61 yard run that set up a Mike Davis touchdown. That's 122 yards on a day where at times the Seahawks offense looked like it was moving in quicksand.
Carson’s 122 yards against the Cardinals marks the 6th time this season the 7th round-pick out of Oklahoma State ran for 100 or more yards. Robocop Carson is good.
The Seahawks came into Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with only 10 turnovers in 15 games. If they had held that number and not committed a turnover they would have tied an NFL fewest turnovers mark held by the 2011 49ers and the 2010 Patriots.
That record-tying opportunity went out the window in the first quarter when Russell Wilson threw a rare interception. Still, only 11 turnovers for the regular season is pretty impressive.
Sweet 16 gets No. 10
Tyler Lockett caught his 10th touchdown pass of the season against the Cardinals. It was his 1st TD catch since he caught one in Seattle Dec. 2 against the 49ers.
Tough as Nails
Mike Davis and Chris Carson are a tough 1-2 punch at running back that wear down opposing defenses each week. They both have their own style and compliment one another.
I have enjoyed watching Davis become the closer late in games. When opposing defenses are tired and fighting to hold back the Seahawks from any more first downs, it's Davis who wants the ball and continues to dish out the punishment. The guy is a bruiser and relishes contact.
Back to the playoffs
Some interesting perspectives from two Seahawks veterans I spoke with in the locker room following the game regarding the Seahawks being back in the playoffs after missing the postseason last year:
Bobby Wagner said he finally knows what it's like to be on the outside looking in having missed out on the playoffs last year and he didn’t like being at home.
Wagner plans on savoring this trip to the playoffs and knows all too well the intensity will only get kicked up a notch.
Doug Baldwin said he expects to be in the playoffs every year. It’s what he has become accustomed to. Now it's a matter of what the Seahawks do with the playoff opportunity. Veterans like Baldwin and Wagner leading the way will only help.
The last time the Seahawks faced the Cowboys in the playoffs was back in 2006 at CenturyLink Field (then Qwest Field).
The Cowboys had chance to take the lead with a field goal with a minute to play but Tony Romo infamously mishandled the snap, the ball got away from him and Big Play Jordan Babineaux recovered it for the Seahawks as Seattle went on to the 21-20 win.
Tony Romo now works for CBS. FOX has the game Saturday night, and I bet Romo is glad he won’t have to do the game this week and relive his Seattle nightmare.
The Seahawks beat the Cowboys in week three 24-13. It was the Seahawks' first win of this 10-win season. It was also the first time Chris Carson ran for 100 yards in a game this year finishing with 102. The Dallas win was the game, after an 0-2 start, that Pete Carroll and Brian Schottenhemier recommitted themselves to the run.
It was also DJ Fluker’s first game of the year and he is expected back Saturday. The Seahawks just run the ball differently when Fluker plays.
They’ll need to run and run well Saturday night. If they do, they could run themselves right into the next round of the playoffs.
See you in Dallas.