Each team missed short field goals in the final minutes, including Seattle’s Stephen Hauschka’s off-target attempt from 28 yards with seven seconds remaining.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Drained as he was, Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner wanted to try to finish what had been started.
“I wish we had more time to play,’’ Wagner said after the Seahawks and Cardinals had to settle for a 6-6 tie Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Given some of what had occurred, though, maybe a tie was what this game deserved.
Certainly, what was the first tie in Seahawks’ history seemed a somewhat fitting ending to what also might had been as odd of a game the team has ever played.
As inept as the Seattle offense was most of the night — just five first downs through regulation — the Seahawks defense was magnificent. It time and again stopped Arizona from getting the score that would likely have clinched the game.
But it took until the final minutes of overtime for the game to turn truly odd as each team missed short field-goal attempts — Arizona’s Chandler Catanzaro from 24 yards out with 3:26 left and Seattle’s Stephen Hauschka from 28 yards out with seven seconds remaining.
“It is disappointing,’’ said Hauschka, who offered no specific reason for the miss other than he just missed it. “I feel like I let the team down.’’
The Seahawks had a timeout remaining, but coach Pete Carroll said he saw no reason to use it, saying the field-goal unit had the time it needed to get set.
“Everything went in sequence and everything went OK timing-wise,’’ Carroll said. “We just didn’t hit it.’’
Until then, the Seahawks seemed on the verge of snatching a victory from the jaws of absurdity.
Arizona gained 443 offensive yards on the night, a season-high for a Seattle opponent.
But late in overtime, when a 444th would have ended the game, the Seattle defense refused to budge.
Kelcie McCray hurried to tackle J.J. Nelson at the 5-yard line after Nelson had broken open on a play that covered 40 yards.
Earl Thomas then stopped David Johnson at the 1, and a play later the Seahawks ganged up to stop Johnson again at the 1, forcing the 24-yard field-goal attempt by Catanzaro that missed.
“There were just so many chances where we could have let up and given them an opportunity to bust out and win it and the guys just wouldn’t do it,’’ Carroll said.
He specifically pointed to McCray’s play.
Said McCray of his play: “I saw Sherm (Richard Sherman) and I thought he had him and then I saw him break loose and I just gave it everything I got to get him down because I know all our defense needed was an inch of grass.’’
For most of the night, that was more than the offense was able to get.
Seattle punted after its first nine possessions and the Seahawks didn’t run a play past midfield until a blocked punt by Tanner McEvoy gave them the ball at the Arizona 22 in the fourth quarter.
That led to Seattle’s only points of regulation, a Hauschka 40-yard field goal with four minutes remaining.
Maybe because the Arizona defense was as tired as Seattle’s, the Seahawks offense showed some life in the overtime period, driving 57 yards for the tying field goal and then 70 for the apparent game-winner.
Otherwise, it was a mostly miserable night as Seattle was held to a season-low 52 rushing yards overall and just 29 in regulation, the fewest since 2010.
And Russell Wilson, still obviously hobbled, was just 24 of 37 passing for 225 yards.
“We just couldn’t get in sync at all,’’ said Carroll. “We just couldn’t find any rhythm.’’
Carroll said Wilson’s lack of mobility is “a factor,’’ but said, “He played his heart out. I don’t know how much harder you can ask a guy to play.’’
But Carroll also conceded that Wilson is simply unable to do much running right now. Indeed, Wilson had minus-2 yards rushing on his only attempt, on the first series of the game, which let Arizona know quickly that this was not the same Wilson who had led the Seahawks to an average of 35 points in easy victories here each of the past three years.
“It was a little frustrating because you always want to win,’’ McCray said. “But it’s better than a loss.’’
Or as Carroll said, it was “an unusual game and I don’t really know what to tell you other than that.’’
Wagner ultimately came around to at least a level of acceptance.
“At the end of the day, it’s not a loss,’’ he said. “So I’ll take it for what it is.’’
|No offense taken|
|The three NFL games this season that had less than 10 combined points through three quarters all involved the Seahawks.|
|Date and opponent||Score through three quarters||Final score|
|Sept. 11 vs. Dolphins||6-3, Seahawks||12-10, Seahawks|
|Sept. 18 at Rams||6-3, Rams||9-3, Rams|
|Sunday at Cardinals||3-0, Cardinals||6-6 tie|