I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t exciting on Sunday watching a back-and-forth Cardinals-Seahawks game while monitoring the 49ers-Rams epic on social media.
Of course, a Cardinals’ win mixed with a Rams’ loss and the NFC West Championship banner would be hung in Glendale.
But in what was another in a seemingly never-ending cycle of “typical Arizona sports” experiences, the Cardinals dropped the ball despite the other half of that equation coming through. Kliff Kingsbury’s team fell to a Seattle team playing for nothing but pride, 38-30.
The Cardinals, the team that had a 95.2% chance of winning the NFC West a month ago, are a Wild Card team. These Cardinals are the first team in NFL history to start 7-0 and finish with as many as six losses. Play-by-play announcer Dave Pasch called the Cardinals “an enigma,” and honestly that’s a perfect term to describe them.
That was present even on Sunday.
Twelve seconds into the game, the Cardinals led 7-0 after a strip sack of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson by linebacker Chandler Jones allowed Zack Allen to return the ball for a touchdown. When the Cardinals have started fast, they’ve been nearly unbeatable this year. But they followed that up with a flaccid defensive performance and a sputtering offensive output for the rest of the first half.
Sunday offered wild momentum swings. After the flat first half, the Cardinals trailed only 17-10. They took the first drive…