Seattle Seahawks (11-3)

vs. Arizona Cardinals (4-9-1)

1:25 p.m. | CenturyLink Field | Seattle

TV: FOX | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: NFL Game Pass

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Live updates: Seahawks vs. Cardinals

FINAL | Cardinals 27, Seahawks 13

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Q4 | Cardinals 27, Seahawks 13

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Q4 | Cardinals 20, Seahawks 13

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Tyler Lockett sighting

Carroll successfully challenges Cardinals long catch

Adam Jude's third-quarter thoughts

1. Third-down woes

The Seahawks are 0 for 9 — that’s right, 0 for 9 — on third downs today, including a run for minus-3 yards on third-and-3 from the Arizona 9-yard line on the final play of the third quarter.

That … is … not … ideal.

And that is not going to get it done here in the fourth quarter with the Seahawks trailing 20-7 (Editor's note: The score became 20-10 shortly after the fourth quarter began).

2. Homer the hero?

Homer, a rookie sixth-round pick out of Miami, spent most of the season as the Seahawks’ No. 4 running back and didn’t get his first NFL handoff until last week in Carolina.

Now he’s the Seahawks’ only healthy running back.

Chris Carson (hip) and C.J Promise (arm) both went down with injuries in the first half. Neither will return today.

Homer gained 17 yards on the first snap of the third quarter, and five carries for 16 yards through three quarters (plus four catches for 21 yards). The Seahawks, surely, will need more from him if they hope to make a serious comeback here.

3. Going Green

Rasheem Green, the Seahawks’ 2018 second-round pick out of USC, has played well in the second half of the season, and particularly so the last two weeks.

The latest example was his blocked kick here late in the third quarter, which Marquise Blair recovered and returned 46 yards to the Arizona 16.

With so many injuries — and so much uncertainty — on the Seattle defense, Green has been a real bright spot of late.

—Adam Jude
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Hundley revenge game?

Kyler Murray injured, replaced

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Q3 | Cardinals 20, Seahawks 7

Yikes

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Bob Condotta's halftime thoughts

Running back injuries

The big story of the first half may end up being that Chris Carson left with an injury, and was then followed by C.J. Prosise, leaving only rookie Travis Homer as a healthy player at that position as the half ended.

Carson left during a Seattle series late in the second quarter. His final carry came when he picked up 7 yards with 8:18 to play in the quarter.

He returned to play on the next series but did not have a carry and then left the game. After being examined in the medical tent on the sidelines for a few minutes he then walked slowly to the locker room with a trainer by his side.

Carson was stated as having a hip injury and questionable to return.

Prosise initially filled in for Carson but then left the game with what was listed as an arm injury.It was reported that he would not return.

Seattle has Xavier Turner on its practice squad and could add him as depth.

The Seahawks also reportedly had former Seahawk Robert Turbin and former Houston Texan Alfred Blue in for workouts this week.

Seattle had four tailbacks on its roster most of the season but was down to three following the loss for the season of Rahaad Penny to an ACL injury suffered in a game against the Rams on Dec.8.

Left side of O-line an issue

The Seahawks were already short-handed on the line with left tackle Duane Brown inactive due to knee and biceps injuries.

That had Jamarco Jones starting just his third career game and first at tackle.

Things got worse when left guard Mike Iupati left with a neck injury midway through the first quarter.

That had Ethan Pocic filling in. Joey Hunt has filled in at center for Justin Britt since the Atlanta game and has done so admirably.

But a left side of the line of Hunt-Pocic and Jones had never been used before in a game and struggled throughout the rest of the half.

Weird third-down playcalling

It was initially hard to know what to make of the decision to hand it to C.J. Prosise on a third-and-1 play from the 15 only that it didn’t work.

It made more sense when it became known that Carson had gotten hurt, apparently on the play before.

Regardless, there seemed a better way to go there than giving it to Prosise on a slow-developing stretch play that the Cardinals easily sniffed out for a 2-yard loss.

Not getting the first down led to a punt and a short field and set up the Arizona TD that put the Cardinals ahead 14-7.

—Bob Condotta

Q2 | Cardinals 17, Seahawks 7

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Just as we all expected...

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Injuries galore

Danger zone

Q2 | Cardinals 14, Seahawks 7

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False alarm

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Injury tent alert

Adam Jude's first-quarter thoughts

1. Russell Wilson is closing in on a major milestone

Wilson was 5 for 7 for 77 yards in the first quarter, meaning he needs just 23 more yards to break Matt Hasselbeck’s franchise record of 29,435 career passing yards.

Also worth noting: Wilson needs just 38 rushing yards to become just the fifth QB in NFL history to reach 4,000 yards on the ground.

Wilson’s start today marks his 127th consecutive start, extending his franchise record.

2. Return of the fullback?

Nick Bellore, the veteran, scored his first touchdown in the first quarter on a 3-yard pass from Wilson.

It was just the second reception of the season for Bellore, who has never played more than five offensive snaps for the Seahawks this season. He has, however, been one of the teams’ most valuable special teams players.

Bellore, in his ninth NFL season, was a standout linebacker at Central Michigan, and even played linebacker for a couple seasons for the 49ers.

He did have one other touchdown reception in his NFL career. That came two years ago with the Lions.

3. Run (down) defense

After the Seahawks’ touchdown, Kenyan Drake ran 80 yards nearly untouched on Arizona’s first play of the next drive. That tied the score at 7-7.

It was difficult to tell exactly who to blame for the Seahawks’ defensive breakdown there — it came in the middle after Drake cut back to his left — but it was clear free safety Lano Hill should have been in the picture somehow. Instead, Hill — starting in place of the injured Quandre Diggs — ended up chasing Drake up right sideline, to no avail.

—Adam Jude

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Punt party

Q1 | Seahawks 7, Cardinals 7

Q1 | Seahawks 7, Cardinals 0

Jamarco Jones to start

When the Seahawks declared left tackle Duane Brown out on Saturday due to knee and biceps injuries, the assumption was he would again be replaced by George Fant. Fant started two games in place of Brown earlier this season and started most of the 2016 season at that spot.

But in something of a surprise, the Seahawks appear instead to be going with second-year player Jamarco Jones to replace Brown, who has been officially declared inactive.

During his weekly pregame radio show, when asked about Brown, Seahawks general manager John Schneider mentioned Jones and said “it’ll be his first time playing left tackle in a while. We’ll see how he does.’’

Jones, a fifth-round pick out of Ohio State in 2018, has played almost solely at guard this year, starting two games at midseason in place of D.J. Fluker at right guard. He played 14 snaps last week in place of Mike Iupati late in the game at left guard.

But Jones played tackle at Ohio State and the Seahawks have said often that could be his long-term position.

Seattle may have opted for Jones for two reasons: 1. to keep Fant at his usual tackle-eligible role (he played 24 snaps at that spot last week and regularly plays 25-40% of the snaps or so); 2. Fant missed practice on Wednesday due to an illness and the team may have decided to go early in the week with Jones as the potential replacement for Brown not knowing how Fant would recover. Fant was listed as a full participant on Thursday and Friday.

—Bob Condotta

Three defensive starters out

The Seahawks will be without three defensive starters for Sunday’s game against Arizona due to injury: defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (core), cornerback Shaquill Griffin (hamstring) and safety Quandre Diggs (ankle).

Left tackle Duane Brown was declared out on Saturday with knee and bicep issues.

The other inactives are healthy scratches -- WR John Ursua, OL Phil Haynes and TE Tyrone Swoopes.

This is the third game in five weeks Clowney has missed since hurting his core during a win over the 49ers on Nov. 11. Clowney said he suffered the injury in the second quarter but played throughout it, eventually earning NFC Defensive Payer of the Week honors.

Diggs suffered a high ankle sprain against the Panthers last week. He had also been listed as doubtful.

Griffin will miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury.

Lano Hill is expected to replace Diggs, as he did last week, and Akeem King is expected to again start in place of Griffin, as he also did last week.

Among the active players is strongside linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury.

Kendricks went through pregame drills with the linebackers, though, and got the go-ahead to play. Coach Pete Carroll on Friday said the strongside linebacker position will be especially challenged Sunday by Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray’s running ability.

Also active is tight end Luke Willson, who missed the last four games with a hamstring injury.

—Bob Condotta

Inactives

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