Cardinals take NFC West lead with 39-32 win over Seahawks

SEATTLE (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals cast aside the notion their fast start was simply a mirage of weaker competition.


By winning in Seattle, the Cardinals added validity to what they've already accomplished.

"We thought this was an open door for us to come in here and demonstrate the world that we are a contender, not a faker," Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson said.

Driven via Carson Palmer, the Cardinals grabbed hold of the NFC West race with a 39-32 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night. Palmer bounced back from two exorbitant bumbles in the final quarter that prompted 12 focuses for Seattle, the second one gathered up and returned 22 yards for a touchdown by Bobby Wagner that gave the Seahawks a 29-25 lead.

After a splendid first half, Palmer wasn't going to let Arizona's chance to open a three-diversion lead in the division disappear. He drove a 83-yard touchdown drive, helped by a key third-down punishment on Wagner and a juggling catch by Jaron Brown that almost got to be Richard Sherman's first block attempt of the season. Palmer topped the drive with a 14-yard touchdown strike to Jermaine Gresham and Andre Ellington included a 48-yard TD keep running on Arizona's next ownership for the capper.

Palmer tossed for 363 yards and three touchdowns and the Cardinals won in Seattle for the second time in three years giving the Seahawks a second in a row home misfortune.

"I trust there's another mark win, and a cluster of them, in our future," Palmer said. "However, it's only a decent win. It's great to get this far up in this division, particularly this division. However, we must proceed onward."

Reasonably the Seahawks (4-5) just any expectation of returning to the postseason is a special case billet that is totally open in the confused NFC. It would take a breakdown potentially more regrettable than a year prior for the Cardinals to let Seattle back in the division race right now.

"We unquestionably been through some stuff subsequent to I've been here so I don't see why we can't leave this," Wagner said.

This is what else to know from Arizona's triumph over Seattle:

Banners EVERYWHERE: Seattle conferred a season-high 14 punishments and a hefty portion of them were either injuring to the offense or protective punishments that kept drives alive for the Cardinals. On its initial two belonging, Seattle confronted first-and-25 and first-and-20 in light of punishments. Arizona got five first downs by punishment, none greater than Wagner being hailed for unlawful contact on third-and-10 at the Seattle 39 halfway through the final quarter. Two plays later, Palmer hit Gresham for the thumbs up score.

"(The punishments) gave them significantly more open doors; you can't give a group like that open doors," Wagner said. "They hurt us today."

FLOYD LOVES SEATTLE: Michael Floyd has a talent for pivotal turning points against the Seahawks in Seattle.

Two years prior, Floyd got a 31-yard touchdown go with 2:13 left as Arizona gave the Seahawks their just home misfortune that season.

Floyd was back creating migraines for Seattle again on Sunday with two touchdown gatherings in the first half as the Cardinals fabricated a 19-0 lead. Floyd got behind Sherman and tapped his toes for a 27-yard TD and later had a 35-yard catch-and-run touchdown, furrowing over the arch.

"Mentor just dialed up plays that I adore. I realize that I can exploit an open door," Floyd said.

THIRD AND PROBLEMS: Tied in with the punishment issues for Seattle was a foul 1-of-8 exertion on third downs and a failure to keep drives going. The 13 percent on third downs was a season most exceedingly terrible for the Seahawks and to a great extent fixing to numerous long third downs Seattle was compelled to attempt and change over. Six of the third downs Seattle was not able believer were 10 or more yards.

In the interim, Arizona was 8 of 17 on third downs and three times changed over third downs because of cautious punishments by the Seahawks. The Cardinals likewise a changed over third-and-14 in the first half on Floyd's 27-yard touchdown.

ROCKET RETURN: Seattle wide recipient and unique groups champion Ricardo Lockette, who was removed the field on a backboard two weeks prior against Dallas, was a piece of the pregame merriments. Lockette had surgery to settle his neck and will be in a prop as he recuperates.

Lockette was in the Seattle locker room after the diversion and said it was "astonishing" to be back with his group regardless of the fact that his season is over.

Inquired as to whether he anticipated that would come back to football next season, Lockette said, "I hope to be a Pro Bowler."
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