The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals played to a bizarre, thrilling and ultimately grueling 6-6 draw Sunday.
Steve Hauschka pulled a 24-yard kick that could have won the game minutes after Chandler Catanzaro kicked a chip-shot field goal try into the post to miss a chance to put Seattle away. Russell Wilson had crafted a 60-yard drive on the second possession of overtime to even the game at 6-6 with 6:42 left, but the Cardinals answered with a march to the one yard line to give Catanzaro his game-winning attempt after a delay of game penalty.
The Seattle Seahawks’ offense struggled all night, but Tanner McEvoy’s fourth-quarter punt block set them up at the 21 yard line and a three-and-out was enough to generate a game-tying field goal with just minutes to play in what turned out to be the penultimate period.
Penalties told much of the story for Seattle’s offense in regulation as the Seahawks collected 10 flags for 90 yards against them. Seattle had managed just 97 yards until the final possession before OT.
Seattle still leads the NFC West at 4-1-1.
The Seattle offense gained just 47 yards to the Cardinals’ 174 in the first half, with several drops by receivers disrupting drives. All 5 of the Seahawks possessions before intermission ended in punts.
The defense kept them in range. In the second quarter Bobby Wagner blocked Chandler Catanzaro’s 39-yard field goal try, but the Cardinals took the lead before halftime with a successful field goal minutes later.
Next week the Seahawks play on Halloween eve in New Orleans at 10 am Pacific Time (boo) (that’s a Halloween joke, not a complaint about the time slot) before two more primetime games against the remainder of their AFC East schedule, the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.