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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



January 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

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Game in Review: Cardinals 23, Seahawks 20 (OT)

Players of the game


Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught nine passes for 149 yards, the most by any player against Seattle this season. Fitzgerald caught two passes in the fourth quarter and three in overtime.

Cardinals rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson blocked his second field-goal attempt of the season and returned a punt 42 yards in the second quarter, setting a new NFL record for punt-return yardage by a rookie.

Play of the game


Turns out that Ricardo Lockette has a juggler's coordination to go along with his track-star speed. The undrafted rookie caught a 61-yard touchdown pass, batting it once as he ran by Marshay Green - the Cardinals cornerback who was promoted from the practice squad. The touchdown - the Seahawks' longest play of the season -- allowed Seattle to tie the score 20-20.

Turning point


Fitzgerald's 26-yard catch on third-and-3 in overtime wasn't his most impressive in terms of degree of difficulty. After all, Fitzgerald used both hands to catch the pass despite what was a pretty stiff hit by Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas. Not only did Fitzgerald hold onto the ball, but he stayed on his feet and kept running downfield. Had he dropped the ball, Arizona would have had to punt. Instead, he sustained what turned out to be the game-winning drive.

Seahawks surprises


sea-mark-1-rgb.jpg Marshawn Lynch didn't score, ending his franchise-record streak of 10 consecutive games with a touchdown.

sea-mark-1-rgb.jpg Arizona rushed for 131 yards against the Seahawks, the sixth consecutive game Seattle has allowed a triple-digit rushing total. The Seahawks gave up that many yards rushing in only four of the first 10 games this season.

sea-mark-1-rgb.jpg Seattle played an overtime game for the first time since Week 2 of 2008. The Seahawks have not won an overtime game since 2005.

By the numbers


1,204 - rushing yards for Marshawn Lynch, which is the 12th highest single-season rushing total in franchise history.

788 - receiving yards by Doug Baldwin, who became first undrafted rookie since the AFL-NFL merger to lead his team in receiving yards.

118 - throws without an interception by Tarvaris Jackson, a streak that ended when he was picked off in the first half.

4 - consecutive losing seasons for the Seahawks, only the second time that has happened in franchise history.

Injuries


Cardinals DL Calais Campbell suffered a right ankle injury. Seahawks special-teams player Heath Farwell suffered an injury on second-quarter punt coverage.

Quoteworthy


Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, "Really disappointed we couldn't get this game done and finished the way we wanted to, God darn it. We were in it."


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