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Late night Seahawks aftermath

Posted by Darren Urban on November 16, 2015 – 2:22 am

It didn’t take long for Drew Stanton to see it – he was already trending on Twitter by the time he got to the locker room – but the backup quarterback’s sideline gyrations during Andre Ellington’s game-clinching touchdown run went from “Sunday Night Football” to social media sensation in an instant.

“That’s what I heard,” Stanton said. “ ‘Sunday Night Football’ is a very heavily-watched show, so …”

“We don’t have our hype man here anymore. Ryan Lindley used to do stuff like that, so I had to take over.”

Said Carson Palmer, “It was just all heart. … I think that was dedicated to Ryan Lindley because he was a great sideline celebrator, and I think Drew just slid ahead of Ryan.”

There’s nothing like a big win to celebrate. You don’t talk about such things like sideline dances after a loss. Make no mistake, this was a big win.

The Cardinals still haven’t beaten a team above .500, but obviously beating the Seahawks means something. It really means something when it’s done in Seattle, beyond the Cardinals opening up a mammoth three-game lead in the division with seven left to play. The second half of the schedule remains harder than the first, but all of a sudden games against the Eagles and Packers don’t seem quite as daunting. The Cards will know they’ve already beaten the Seahawks once, and now they get them in their own building (and that’s assuming there is still something to play for in the regular-season finale.)

Another nationally televised game coming in a week. I’d assume the Bengals will win Monday night and be undefeated. I’d also assume the Cardinals will relish such an opportunity.

— Carson Palmer was really remarkable. He shouldn’t have thrown the ball that was intercepted early in the game, and yes, he probably has to find a way to hold on to the ball despite nasty (and oft-unblocked) pressure. But you wonder why this team has so much confidence when Palmer is behind center, why it meant more than just having the starting QB going to Seattle, as opposed to last year. That fourth quarter is why.

— Great news that Mike Iupati was OK. He got back to see his teammates and fly back with the team. We’ll see how his health is this week.

— You do have to worry about the hamstring injuries for the receiving corps. Michael Floyd had his huge game end early after he hurt himself, and John Brown – already nursing a hamstring injury and held without a catch against the Seahawks – wasn’t in the lineup for the last series.

— Then again, that opened the door for some unsung heroes. Brittan Golden was playing at the end of the game, and he had the crucial block on the Ellington TD run.

— Meanwhile, Jaron Brown was fantastic in Floyd’s sted. His play to not only stop a sure interception of a tipped pass but actually turn it into a catch, and then his big first-down catch on the Ellington drive, was clutch. He admitted it didn’t quite make up for dropping the TD catch last year in Seattle, but it sure was impressive.

— The way Floyd is playing, it’s really going to make for some interesting choices about him going into the offseason (Floyd is under contract for 2016 at $7 million, money that is not guaranteed.) The way this offense is playing together, it’d be hard not to keep the Fitz-Floyd-Smokey trio together.

— As for Fitz, what a game. He’s had some big games against the Seahawks in the past (he went 10 catches for 151 yards there in 2008) but his 10 for 130 Sunday was more yards than his combined yards there since 2010 (114 in four games; Fitz didn’t play in Seattle in 2014 because of a knee injury.)

— The Seattle defense allowed just 39 points total in their final six games in 2014, including that 35-6 romp at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals got 39 on Sunday alone. That’s the most points the Seahawks had allowed since giving up 40 to the 49ers in late 2010 – and the most since Richard Sherman showed up to fill out the “Legion of Boom.”

— The Seahawks had been giving up 186.4 passing yards a game. The Cardinals piled up 363.

— The Cardinals have already scored 29 more points on the road – in five road games – than they did all last season – in eight.

— Chris Johnson grinded out 25 carries. He only gained 58 yards – it wasn’t a great game. But it was an important effort. The Cards never stopped trying to run, and lo and behold, Ellington snaps off a 48-yarder for the biggest play of the game.

— A lot has been said about the kicking game, but Sunday both Chandler Catanzaro and Drew Butler did well. Cat Man converted all three of his field-goal attempts and all four extra points. Butler averaged 44.7 yards on his three punts and more importantly, Tyler Lockett had zero punt return yards.

— We’re pushing 2:15 a.m. Phoenix time and by the time many of you read this, I’ll have posted another entry on the blog. The Cardinals are going to bed knowing they are currently the No. 2 seed in the NFC (and they have the No. 3 Vikings coming to Arizona next month.) A good way to start the second half of the season.

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39 Responses to “Late night Seahawks aftermath”

  1. By Steve on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Super win by the Cards to hang tough and fight to the finish to win this game. I hate to admit that I thought the game was over once Seattle took the lead after the two fumbles deep in our own territory but then Carson played perhaps his best football all season and carried the team to a very impressive win. Interesting that B.A said Smokey was 85-90% healthy right after not playing in the Browns game, yet after the bye week and layoff he is still hurting? That is troubling and I think his hammy is probably worse than what is being said right now, we may need to rely on our backup WR’s more this second half to fill the void. Glad Mike Iupati is okay and hope Floyd is too.

  2. By Lee W. Flanagan on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    One biiiiiggggg victory over another “WHO HAVE THE CARDINALS PLAYED YET” football team. I have one question for you Darren. When Russell Wilson was in the clutches of the Cardinal defender and he underhanded the ball forward and the referees called it a shuffle pass. Wouldn’t that be a fumble or an illegal latteral? How did nobody catch that?

  3. By Darren Urban on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Lee —

    RE: Shovel pass

    No. It doesn’t matter if the pass is underhanded as long as it was thrown from behind the line of scrimmage.

  4. By JohnnyBluenose on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    A great win against a very tough, physical opponent. Very good to see that Iupati is well enough to fly home with the team. That did not look good at all. Unsung hero of the night….Jaron Brown. Great effort by him. Larry had a big game. Michael Floyd had a big game and it could have been huge had he been able to catch Palmer’s 60 yard bomb. And, despite the turnovers, Palmer played very well and deserves the MVP talk he received during the game. The defense also played well. A bit over-anxious at times trying to sack Wilson and had a hard time getting Lynch on the ground but which team doesn’t? All in all, a good job by them but I was thankful that our offense was able to keep the ball for as long as they did. Peterson had a good night returning kicks. David Johnson…not so much. Sometimes you have to give credit to the other team’s cover guys. Butler kicked well. Good for him. Catanzaro was right on but could not reach the end zone on a few of his kick-offs. Frostee Rucker had two false starts on field goal/convert attempts? I did not even realize he was on the kicking team. 7-2 is pretty good. Some tough games coming up but I know our guys are not worried about anyone. And, who knows, if our Cardinals and their owner keep showing up on national tv the tv people might even realize that it is BIDWILL not BIDWELL. One can only hope. Keep going.

  5. By Marcelof on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    supporting Bengals tonite cause Cards will be the ones to knock them down

    Seattle has got three straight games at home and should probably defeat only the niners, I said probably.

    Rams will face tough match ups as well and so will cards, Although the chances of winning the division in the next four games is bright (if not the next three, it’s also possible, may cards win all three, and Hawks and Rams lose 2 of them, we got that). Is my math ok?

  6. By Cardinal's Chick on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Great win Cardinals…now that was a Championship style win tonight by not giving up when Seattle had momentum in the 2nd half. That’s how a Champion fights back, way to go Cardinals. Larry Fitzgerald is a class act. Gets a helmet to helmet hit and bounces up with a smile. He doesn’t even go after the other guy. The rest of the NFL players should take note of the professionalism of this. That’s how to play the game. Definitely one of the better games so far this season….hope they keep this kind of momentum rolling for the next 7 games!!!

    Btw… Where you at now Al Michaels and Chris Collingsworth with your comments!?! ?

  7. By Big Ken on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    A great win. Seattle’s win/loss record is deceptive.

  8. By sggrange on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Gut check time….

    Great win …Good to see Iupati has already been cleared to play next week..(per MMQB).

    Mile Floyd..again, a man among (seeming) boys….(I suggest we have all our receivers have those annoying hamstrings removed..cos’ they just don’t seem to work real well)..

    TEAM effort, but Carson? How nails was that dude? (I would LOVE to know why a good OL effort was mixed in with 4 minutes of “We have never blocked anyone in our lives before”)..Longest run of the Seahawks was all the free runs the DE’s had at Carson in that depressing few minutes.

    Golden block!! He had that dude locked up for what seemed like hours….

    Drew Stanton…Relief QB of great value AND dancer extraordinaire!!!

    Great reason to dance…Kudos to the players and the organization that knows what it is doing!!!

    Go Cards!!!

  9. By Scott H on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    What I loved about last night….

    The final score!

    Stanton’s celebration! Go on with yer bad self, Drew! Man, tell me that guy wasn’t into this game!

    I loved that whenever Seattle seemed to answer us, we answered right back. That is huge in a place like Seattle. When they scored to take the lead, you could see / hear / feel the surge going on in that building. And, really, once that starts in THAT building, how often do the Seahawks go on to lose?. Pretty much never?? But not last night. From that point until the end, we out-scored then 14-3 and just took this game back because we could. Now that it is over ( and I HAVE checked the final score again this AM just to make sure it didn’t change! 🙂 ), I love how this played out. I like that Seattle TRIED to take this one over but was denied. THIS is the win I’ve been waiting for.

    I love how after he pretty much had his head taken off, Fitz jumped right up and smiled because he knew the hit he just took gave us a first down. WOW…what a shot that was. Not sure how you smile after that one, but….Fitz knew we got the first down and it was all good. Thank the lord he is OK.

    I love that Fitz was such a force in this one. Loved the stats they showed during the game indicating how effective the Palmer to Fitz connection has been. Hate to say I told ya so, but this is no surprise. This is merely what should happen when you target an elite WR as much as Fitz SHOULD be targeted.

    Love how cool Palmer stayed in this one. Just continued to stand in there and fire even after Seattle started to get to him. And on that bomb to Floyd that seemed to go right through his hands….WOW, what a throw! That ball went a solid 60 yards in the air and he made that look easy. Holy cow, this guy has an arm!

    Loved that we stuck with the run even though it was tough sledding.

    Loved that Jaron Brown came in for Floyd and helped us pick right up where we had been all night. And the play where he fought for the tipped ball and prevented the interception may have been the play of the night. I would say he should get more playing time, but….geez, how do we do that with all these other weapons????

    Loved the TD pass to Gresham. Sweet.

    And I loved that the Cardinals looked like they belonged in this one, ya know? From start to finish, they looked like they knew they were going to handle anything they needed to. They looked like they knew they they could handle Seattle, regardless of all that 12th man crap. SOOOOO over-done, by the way.

    So…..ding dong, the witch is…..well, maybe not dead, but wounded and leaking oil. Will be interesting to see how BOTH teams come back from last night. I ain’t taking my eye off Seattle. Their remaining schedule is not as demanding as ours’ is.

    But with this win, we now CLEARLY control our destiny.

  10. By Marlin on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Fitzgerald…..Floyd……Jaron Brown

  11. By Steve W. on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Awesome game, especially watching the Cards overcome their mistakes to beat Seattle on their home field. The Seahawks may not be the same team they’ve been in the past couple of years, but this was a HUGE accomplishment for the Cards none the less.

    I hope Iupati comes back soon, and so relieved he wasn’t hurt badly. Don’t know if the lack of protection for Palmer (which caused those two strip sacks, IMO) can be attributed to losing Iupati, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was.

    Was hilarious watching Stanton on the sideline. I love the heart of this team and the obvious talent. Man, if we can just put an end to our periodic bouts of self-destruction during these games, the Cards can hang tough with the best teams out there, I’m sure of it – whether on our home field or on theirs. Somehow we still seem to be flying under the radar, as most analysts still don’t believe in how good the Cardinals are. But I do believe we’ll show them all by the end of the season and beyond.

    Let’s go Cards and hand Cinci their first loss next Sunday! Yes, I’m pretty sure the Bengals will flatten the Texans tonight… 🙂

  12. By georgiebird on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Biggest win to be had on the schedule- that is beating Seattle at Seattle. Came away from the game saying that the Seahawks have about the fastest and most physical defense in the NFL. Kudos to the Cards offense for putting up 39 points and controlling the clock.

  13. By georgiebird on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Congrats again to the Cards offense. But to be fair about the game, the Seahawks may have one of the worst offenses in the NFL. With an ailing Lynch, the Seahawks’ offense is totally dysfunctional and did little to pressure the Cards’ defense down the field.

  14. By T-Roy on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Here’s the deal. I have been a CARDINALS fan since the late 60’s early 70’s. I have never, ever seen this much resiliency in this franchise. Must start form the top and scampers down hill to the players and back[up players. Drew Stanton showed exactly where this franchise is headed. You know, think about it, if you don’t ever play and you are that into the game, you have to get that from the people and leadership around you. Unbelievable. Also, just real quick, I love watching this team play TEAM ball. They all seem to be able to depend on the person standing right beside them. They all seem to believe in each other. Look at the clip in the locker room after the game when BA hands out the game ball to JB. The team went bananas. Carson could have easily gotten that game ball but I believe that he would rather have seen JB get it. CJ2K right there in the picture with a huge smile and a huge heart for his teammate. Love seeing Chris happy. He has had enough ruff stuff in hiss life. RESIGN HIM. 2 year deal. He will take it. Anyways. Keep it rolling and for those of you who thought that BA made a mistake in letting the team have an extra day off, well done coach; well done. Bring on the BENGALS. This will be Seattle in Orange and Black. CARDINALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. By Kevin S Mesa on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Great win. If you told me Seattle was going to win the turnover battle 3-1 and that two of those turnovers were going to be a fumble return for a TD and another recovery on our 3 yard line, I would’ve assumed a loss. Just shows how dominant we were that even with 12 gifted points, we won by a touchdown.

    Can someone explain to me the intentional grounding rule? Is it really just necessary when out of the pocket to get the ball somewhere in the vicinity of the line of scrimmage? Wilson’s pass bounced on the 6 yard line or so, when the line was the 10. I’m not always a big fan of Collinsworth but he’s right about that one — a bright line rule makes a lot of sense.

  16. By Kevin S Mesa on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    My least favorite play of this game was seeing Patrick Peterson step out of bounds on a punt return when there was no defender within 5 yards of him AND he had a blocker in front. Seemed like he could’ve gotten another 5 yards easily without even taking a hit, and possibly a lot more if he was willing to let himself get knocked out of bounds.

  17. By Darren Urban on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Kevin S —

    RE: Five yards

    For five yards, it’s not worth risking the health of your best cornerback.

  18. By Kevin S Mesa on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    In that case Darren we need someone else returning punts. I agree, we don’t want to risk PP getting hurt, but my point is that he had several more yards available without risking anything and possibly a much bigger gain.

    Any player can get hurt on any play. A punt returner whom you’re not willing to risk getting hit, shouldn’t be your punt returner.

  19. By Darren Urban on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Kevin S —

    RE: Punt return

    Perhaps. But to me, with this offense capable of moving the ball at will, I’m sacrificing the possibility of a few more yards for ball security.

    I agree you can get hurt on every play. But again, this one play keeps being brought up to me about PP getting five more yards. Not a chance at a TD. Five yards. Who cares.

  20. By John The Draft Guy on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Kevin S and Darren,

    Extra 5 yards; I am pretty sure PP has been told, you see an ally, hit it, if not, get down or get out of bounds.

    PP’s value is such, that I would never have him returning punts. But if you want him back there, then I am going to be a careful as possible.

  21. By CC#93 on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Well I guess were are going to have to wait until next week to play a good team. LOL. All that crap talk and Shehawks got spanked by Uncle Bruce and the Family. Score didn’t even show how bad we dominated. Fumbles were scary but great win.

  22. By georgiebird on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    @T-Roy,
    Been a Cardinals’ fan for about a decade more than you. But agree 100% that BA is the best. The Coryell years were close but the combination of BA and SK is so much better than anything the Cards have had in the past.

  23. By dkerry5242 on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Michael Floyd had a big game; but would have been even bigger had he not wiffed on a sure touchdown bomb from Palmer. It seems like Floyd makes the great catches and will sometimes drop the easy ones. Surprised John Brown didn’t have a catch last night. The sprint draw to Ellington resulted in a big play. Seems like we never run that play, except when Warner was QB.

  24. By georgiebird on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Darren,
    The victory over the Seahawks was so big that remaining victories over SF, Rams and Seahawks will just about lock up the division regardless of the outcome of the other games. Just victories against the Rams and Seahawks might lock up the division.
    Of course the Vikings and/or Packers game will be for seeding.

  25. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    There is NO WAY this team can let Floyd go in 2016. Don’t even think about it.

  26. By William Barry on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    This was a huge TEAM win for our Cards!!!!

    Officiating was worrisome…..

    Carson showed grit in getting us to 32points in TD to Gresham

    Then the speed draw to Ellington down the sidelines…super call.

    Seattle now 3 games behind, and we are giving up the top of our division

    GO CARDS!!!! JB and Floyd….great job….

    It sill looked like Cards stopped hawks on 4-1, and BA threw the challenge flag!!!! (Ron Wolfley thought so too)

  27. By Scott H on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Good golly, miss Molly…just look at all the comeback stories on this roster this year! Between Fitz having maybe his best season ever, Palmer HAVING his best, season ever, CJ2K back from the dead to be among the league leaders in rushing, Dwight Freeney coming off the couch at mid-season to show he can still get to the QB, to Gresham making plays again…..amazing. And maybe it makes sense, given that the head coach of this team almost retired a few years ago before becoming the ultimate next man up himself.

    I swear, for ANYONE out there who is not a football fan / doesn’t have a favorite team but is feeling like they want to root for somebody as playoff time approaches, you could NOT make a better choice than the Arizona Cardinals.

  28. By Kevin S Mesa on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    William Barry —

    Yeah, it looked like the runner was short, but that’s one of those plays that’s virtually impossible to overturn.

    If I remember right, the announcers said that there has never been a coach in NFL history who was won three challenges in a game. I was surprised by that.

    Also, that’s a rule that has to change… If Arians had won that challenge, it’s ridiculous that we’d nonetheless be out of challenges for the rest of the game.

  29. By Travis on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    I absolutely love the fact that any national attention we are getting today is “How did Seattle lose?!”

    RED BIRD FEVER

  30. By georgiebird on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Let’s wait a few more games, but it looks like BA is working on another COY that in all fairness should be his 4th in a row.
    The Cardinals offensive and defensive lines were abused by the Seahawks. Somehow BA got to the finish line-amazing job of coaching.

  31. By Kevin S Mesa on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Ottis Anderson Fan —

    I hope we can keep Floyd… but we are going to have to make some tough choices.

    Several key elements of our secondary are going to be free agents. We just agreed to pay Fitz a lot of money (some said we overpaid, although obviously Larry is proving them wrong), and we have the two Browns and JJ Nelson…

    It’ll be interesting to see how it all works out.

  32. By Davemaham on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    Floyd just can’t seem to stay on the field. That’s got to be very frustrating for him and the team, I know it’s frustrating for the fans.

  33. By georgiebird on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    @Ottis Anderson Fan,
    Hope you aren’t a real Ottis Anderson fan. Biggest “dog” ever to play for the Cardinals. After a great rookie season he began to start going down later in his career with the Cards without being tackled. He then went on to the Giants’ where once again no one was able to bring him down- he became a SuperBowl MVP.
    My least favorite Cardinal player all-time. What a “dog”.

  34. By Jimbowan on Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

    I’m with Darren. It’s PP. I’d prefer he didn’t field punts at all. When he runs out of bounds early he’s not saving himself, he’s saving the team. What would we do if he got hurt? I want Nelson back there again. One dumb drop. Who cares? The young man is fast as lightning and we don’t use him much on offense anyways.

  35. By Rio on Nov 17, 2015 | Reply

    Powers, am I the only one that see’s week after week every time the other team needs to make a play ,they always goes after Powers, this goes back to last year he cannot cover wide receivers
    Coach loves him, because he came with him, but why hurt the team.

    I can’t be the only one to know this.

  36. By Jonathan on Nov 17, 2015 | Reply

    I’ve got an idea! Stanton vs Smoke dance off!

  37. By louis on Nov 17, 2015 | Reply

    cardsaregood

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