Seahawks’ Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson make a face after missed extra point
It didn’t matter at the end of the day, but Seahawks kicker Stephen Hauschka’s missed extra point with one minute left gave Arizona’s 34-31 win a sense of déjà vu.
Fortunately for the Cardinals and, especially, kicker Chandler Catanzaro, that familiar feeling — much like the teams’ last meeting, a 6-6 tie — would only last one minute. That’s because Catanzaro nailed a game-winning kick on the ensuing drive as time expired, breaking a 31-all tie and avoiding overtime.
Hauschka’s kick also gave us a familiar meme: The missed extra point face.
Let’s back it up a second to set up the scenario.
With 4:15 to play in the game, Arizona had gone ahead 31-18 after a 42-yard Catanzaro field goal. But two six-play Seattle touchdown drives that each took 1:22 sandwiched a three-and-out by the Cardinals. On the second Seahawks scoring drive, Hauschka missed the extra point to keep the game tied 31-all with exactly a minute left.
But Carson Palmer, David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald led the Cardinals down the field. Without timeouts and on 4th-and-2, the field goal unit rushed on the field with the clock running before Catanzaro avenged his missed chip-shot field goal in overtime that would have given Arizona the win back on Oct. 23.
It made Hauschka’s miss irrelevant in hindsight. But we will forever remember this glorious shot of the sideline.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals left feeling much better than they would have had the game gone into overtime.
Last meeting with Seattle, the Cardinals felt like this:
On Saturday, they felt like this:
- Behind Enemy Lines: Cardinals try to salvage road win against Falcons
- Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson gets another go at Falcons’ Julio Jones
- Two Arizona sports venues rank well in ESPN cleanliness study
- Week 15 injury report: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
- Arizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cardinals?