Final

Cardinals 0

(4-9, 1-6 away)

Seahawks 58

(8-5, 6-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:25 PM ET, December 9, 2012

CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA 

1 2 3 4 T
ARI 0 0 0 00
SEA 10 28 13 758

Top Performers

Passing: R. Wilson (SEA) - 148 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Lynch (SEA) - 11 CAR, 128 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: A. McCoy (SEA) - 3 REC, 105 YDS

Seahawks force 8 turnovers, wallop Cardinals, 58-0

Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Russell Wilson got the hook. He wasn't complaining.

On his way to some NFL history, Wilson was told to be an observer for the final 25 minutes of Seattle's 58-0 rout of the inept Arizona Cardinals.

"It was great to be able to come out of the game because we blew them out so bad," Wilson said. "The game was a crazy game throughout."

Richard Sherman and Bobby Wagner each had two interceptions, Marshawn Lynch ran for three touchdowns and the Seahawks set a franchise record for points. They forced eight turnovers and kept firm grasp on the final NFC wild-card spot.

Seattle (8-5) also holds a slim chance of catching San Francisco in the NFC West.

Wilson became the first rookie quarterback to start and win his first six games at home since the 1970 merger.

"This was really a different game. This is so much different than everything we've played," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "It's a nice reward. Sometimes you get a chance to win big like that and we haven't had many since we've been here."

After two straight weeks of games decided in the final seconds or overtime, the Seahawks got a chance to relax. Seattle also picked up its first division victory of the season and gave Carroll his first eight-win season in three years here.

But no one could have expected this kind of rout.

Leon Washington's 3-yard run with 2:32 left pushed the Seahawks past the old record of 56 points scored against Buffalo in 1977. The eight takeaways were their second most, equaling a 1998 achievement.

Lynch ran for 128 yards on 11 carries and scored on runs of 20, 4 and 33 yards. His last score on the first drive of the second half tied his career high for TD runs in a game and was the capper to his afternoon. Lynch's backup, Robert Turbin, also topped the century mark with 108 yards.

And there were numerous statistical oddities.

Tight end Anthony McCoy, who had a 67-yard reception to set up one of Lynch's TD runs, became the first Seattle receiver to top 100 yards this season. Sherman got the Seahawks their first defensive touchdown of 2012 when he intercepted John Skelton and returned it 19 yards in the second quarter. He also recovered a fumble.

"I've never been involved in anything where the ball falls your way every single time. It seemed like if the ball was going to come out it was going to fall our way," Sherman said. "Even on the fumble where I fell on it and got the recovery, it just kept bouncing around. I was like, 'There is no way this ball is going to bounce right to me' and it did.' "

Wilson wasn't asked to do much, completing 7-of-13 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown. But unlike last week in Chicago, the Seahawks didn't need any heroics from Wilson.

Matt Flynn finally got his first regular-season action in a Seahawks uniform and finished 5 of 9 for 68 yards.

"I'm glad we had a win like this. We needed it especially for our confidence," Seattle fullback Michael Robinson said.

The Seahawks scored nearly every way possible, turning their first home game in about a month into a rout that will only increase debate whether Ken Whisenhunt will be back as Cardinals coach.

It was an effortless performance by the Cardinals (4-9), who have lost nine straight, the longest slide for the franchise since 1944. The Cardinals gained just 154 yards and had almost as many turnovers as first downs (10).

Larry Fitzgerald had one reception and that didn't come until the fourth quarter. Skelton made numerous ill-advised throws into coverage and was intercepted four times.

"For them to come out and dominate the way they did in every phase of the game it's embarrassing," Skelton said.

Arizona actually started well, with Skelton completing his first three passes. When Skelton finally threw in the direction of Fitzgerald the day quickly spiraled out of control. Skelton's pass found Fitzgerald's hands, but was wrestled free by K.J. Wright, tipped from hitting the ground by Walter Thurmond and into Wagner's hands.

Wagner's return set up the first of Steven Hauschka's three field goals and Lynch added touchdown runs on consecutive drives for a 17-0 lead.

That's when the turnovers became comical for the Cardinals.

Skelton was stripped by Chris Clemons and fell on the loose ball. He followed that by throwing into triple coverage to Fitzgerald and Sherman returned it 19 yards for a touchdown.

Patrick Peterson muffed a punt the ball was batted and eventually tipped to Malcolm Smith, who caught it out of midair at the goal line for a 31-0 lead.

And finally, Peterson was hit from behind and fumbled on a punt return late in the first half. Wilson hit Zach Miller for a 24-yard TD with 6 seconds left in the second quarter.

About the only bit of fight shown by the Cardinals came late in the third quarter when some pushing led to Daryn Colledge getting a personal foul. By that point, the Seahawks led 51-0.

"We're always taking shots at (turnovers)," Smith said. "I guess today was just our day."

Game notes


The largest shutout victory for Seattle was a 45-0 win over Kansas City in 1984. ... Seattle had two players top 100 yards rushing for the first time since 2005. ... It was Arizona's first time being shut out since losing 38-0 to the Seahawks in 2003.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARI
SEA
1st Downs1022
Passing 1st downs
67
Rushing 1st downs
213
1st downs from Penalties
22
3rd down efficiency
4-143-11
4th down efficiency
0-10-1
Total Plays5865
Total Yards154493
Yards per play2.77.6
Total Drives1314
Passing111209
Comp - Att
19-3912-22
Yards per pass
2.89.5
Interceptions thrown
41
Sacks - Yards Lost
3-221-7
Rushing43284
Rushing Attempts
1642
Yards per rush
2.76.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-02-5
Penalties9-7910-97
Turnovers81
Fumbles lost
40
Interceptions thrown
41
Defensive / Special Teams TDs02
Possession25:3334:17

Passing Leaders

ARIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Skelton11/22743.4041-9
Lindley8/17593.5002-13
SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Wilson7/1314811.4111-7
Flynn5/9687.6000-0

Rushing Leaders

ARICARYDSAVGTDLG
Powell5204.009
Wells6183.006
SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch1112811.6333
Turbin201085.4026

Receiving Leaders

ARIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Housler7365.101210
Roberts33612.00245
SEARECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
McCoy310535.00673
Rice23517.50185

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARISEA
seaFG09:59Steven Hauschka 31 Yd 03
seaTD02:04Marshawn Lynch 20 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) 010
SECOND QUARTERARISEA
seaTD14:53Marshawn Lynch 4 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) 017
seaTD10:12Richard Sherman 19 Yd Interception Return (Steven Hauschka Kick) 024
seaTD06:31Malcolm Smith Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Steven Hauschka Kick) 031
seaTD00:06Zach Miller 24 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick) 038
THIRD QUARTERARISEA
seaTD11:08Marshawn Lynch 33 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) 045
seaFG07:43Steven Hauschka 28 Yd 048
seaFG02:06Steven Hauschka 32 Yd 051
FOURTH QUARTERARISEA
seaTD02:32Leon Washington 3 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) 058

Research Notes

Cardinals quarterbacks were 1-for-11 for 2 yards and three interceptions targeting Larry Fitzgerald Sunday, continuing Arizona's run of futility in the passing game. How bad has it gotten for Fitzgerald? In the last four weeks, he has as many catches (six) as his quarterbacks have interceptions (six) on his targets.
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The Seahawks ran for 284 yards and four touchdowns Sunday, including 214 yards before being contacted, which would be good enough to be their single-game high in rushing yards by itself this season. Three of Seattle's four touchdowns on the ground were untouched, including 33- and 20-yard scores from Marshawn Lynch.
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John Skelton posted a 0.4 Total QBR in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, the 2nd-lowest by any player in a game this season. Skelton's overall QBR of 13.9 in 2012 would be the 3rd-lowest in a single season since 2008 ('09 JaMarcus Russell - 11.7, '10 Jimmy Clausen - 11.8).
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Pete Carroll's teams at USC scored 58+ pts on 5 occasions while he was head coach, most recently in 2008 vs Washington St (W, 66-0). That was also the only game with a larger margin of victory (+66) than he had today against the Cardinals (+58).
The Arizona Cardinals' 58-0 loss to Seattle on Sunday was the worst loss in terms of margin of defeat in franchise history. The Cardinals have been in the league since 1920 (began as the Chicago Cardinals).
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