The Seattle Seahawks got to a tie with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West with a 35-6 victory in Glendale. Both teams now hold 11-4 records with the Seahawks holding the advantage for the division with the better head-to-head record, what with the Hawks having beaten them twice this year.
The Seahawks were -9.5 favorites even as they were on the road. Much of this came from the Cardinals having to resort to Ryan Lindley at quarterback due to injuries to both Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. The performance by Lindley helped prompt the Cardinals to make the decision to have Logan Thomas start at the quarterback position next weekend.
Lindley's game was rough as he went 18-44 for 216 yards and one interception. He was also sacked four times. To make things worse, the Cards were 3-15 on third downs.
The only time when the Cardinals had a lead was early in the game following a field goal. The team was ahead for only less than a minute as the Seahawks fired back two plays later with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Luke Willson to take a lead that the team would not relinquish.
The Cardinals kept the game close and were down 14-6 after three quarters but a 79-yard touchdown ruin by Marshawn Lynch, passing and rushing touchdowns for Wilson and an interception by Richard Sherman kept the Cards out of it. Wilson went 20-31 for 339 yards and had 88 rushing yards. Lynch had 113 rushing yards on ten carries.
The Seahawks and Cardinals have both clinched playoff spots but the question will be where they will go in the playoffs. The Seahawks hold the tiebreaker for both the division and a first round bye based on their wins in NFC games when compared with Dallas and wins in common games alongside Detroit. Right now the Cardinals can still try and at least ensure a home game in the playoffs if they beat San Francisco next week while the Hawks lose to St. Louis.