What the media (and Samuel L. Jackson) are saying about Seahawks-Cardinals

Whether you loved it or hated it, the Seahawks and Cardinals made history with their 6-6 tie game Sunday night. It was the lowest-scoring overtime tie in NFL history.

The Seahawks' defense spent 46 minutes, 21 seconds on the field and still gave up only six points.

And they did that without Kam Chancellor.

Here's what national and local media are saying after this game that some call a dud, some call a classic, and some call "meh."

This headline from Gregg Bell of The News Tribune might be the best way to describe it: "Seahawks, Cardinals tie in most thrilling awful game in Seattle history"

"So it ended. Finally. The lowest-scoring regulation game in Seahawks history became the lowest-scoring overtime one, too. And the franchise’s first tie, a wholly unfulfilling 6-6 outcome on a zany Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium," writes Bell.

In grading the Seahawks, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times gives the offense a D-minus. 

"The Seahawks were simply a disaster on offense through regulation, punting the first nine times they had the ball and with just 130 yards and five first downs."

But gives the defense an A.

"Consider that Arizona got just six points out of six drives that reached the Seattle 28-yard-line or deeper, and none on two drives that got inside the 20."

 
 
And the Times' Matt Calkins said the offense let the defense down.

"It would be one thing if Seattle was offensively inept. It might be forgivable if its starting quarterback wasn’t considered one of the best in the NFL," wrote Calkins. "But this is a team that has legitimate weapons. Yet all they did with them was shoot themselves in the foot."

ESPN Seahawks writer Sheil Kapadia says what we're all thinking -- the offensive line is a major problem.

"The offensive line got pushed around up front against the Cardinals, and the Seahawks don't have many options when it comes to changing personnel. If anything, they could take a hit. Left tackle Bradley Sowell left the game with a sprained MCL injury in the fourth quarter, and undrafted rookie free agent George Fant replaced him."

Whether you feel frustrated or relieved as a Seahawks fan, it's much worse for Cardinals fans. They needed a win more than the Seahawks did Sunday night.

"This game was a bad tie for Arizona," writes MMQB's Peter King. "The Cardinals needed to win. They are 3-3-1. Seattle, atop the NFC West, is 4-1-1. Arizona is two games behind, essentially, with nine to play, and with two home games and five on the road in the final seven weeks. Seattle still has to play at New England and Green Bay but finishes with three of five at home."

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Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was still furious after the game that Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner was not flagged for brushing his foot on the back of an Arizona player while leaping to block a field goal.

"He touched him," Arians said, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. "You saw it. Did you see it? Didn't he touch him? Yeah, he sure did. It sure looked like it to me, but it was not ruled that way, same with the last [field goal attempt in overtime]. He definitely touched him."

But NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino clarified. He said Wagner would have had to do more than just touch the player.

And what happened Sunday feels all too familiar this season to Cardinals fans. It's the second time this season their kicker has cost them a win on Sunday Night Football.

"The Cardinals’ placekicker missed a game-winner against the Patriots. He missed a short-range attempt against Seattle that could have changed the tone of the NFC West race. He is not in a good place with Arians, who kept trying to score a touchdown at the end of overtime. Now you know why," writes Dan Bickley of The Arizona Republic.

Kapadia says it's time for the Seahawks to find a new formula to win as long as Russell Wilson is hobbled with injuries to his knee and ankle.

"According to ESPN Stats & Information, Wilson has had three games this season without a passing or rushing touchdown. He had zero such games in his first four years in the league (64 games)."

And USA Today's Tom Pelissero says don't be fooled by what Wilson and Pete Carroll say -- Wilson is not the same player on his two bad legs.

"Wilson won’t say it. The Seattle Seahawks’ dynamic quarterback just keeps insisting that he feels great, that he can run the ball when he needs to, that he was always getting treatment even before the ankle and knee injuries he suffered early this season," writes Pelissero. "There’s a certain nobility in that, even if his cover’s blown the moment he tries to do Russell Wilson things – or the moment he doesn’t, which is probably where Wilson’s striking lack of mobility showed up most in Sunday night’s 6-all tie against the Arizona Cardinals."

And here's a bonus quote -- from Samuel L. Jackson via Twitter after both kickers missed chip-shot, potential game-winning field goals at the end. (pardon the veiled graphic language on this).

 

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