The Arizona Cardinals aren’t going to the playoffs, but they got a nice moral victory in beating the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16. The Cardinals beat the Seahawks 27-13 even with Kyler Murray missing most of the second half with a hamstring injury.
Murray completed 11 of 18 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 40 yards before the injury. Brett Hundley came on and had a critical scramble to set up goal-to-go and the Cardinals final touchdown. Murray looked like he might be able to return, but with nothing to play for, it’s possible Arizona decided it was not worth a potential aggravation.
Kenyan Drake dominated in this game and was the key to victory. Seattle took an early 7-0 lead, but Drake responded with an 80-yard touchdown run. He finished the day with 160 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and added three receptions for 18 yards. He’s got one game left this season, but he’s impressed since coming over to Arizona via trade and heading into free agency.
Seattle can still win the division next week when they host the San Francisco 49ers, but this loss stings. If the Seahawks beat the 49ers, they can no longer claim the No. 1 seed. They can finish no better than tied with the New Orleans Saints, and New Orleans holds the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Seattle still has a shot at a first round bye if they beat the 49ers next week on Sunday Night Football. It will depend on how Green Bay does these next two weeks due to the conference record tiebreaker. The Packers currently have the edge in that tiebreaker.