The Seahawks ended the Cardinals’ season with a comeback win

The Seahawks ended the Cardinals’ season with a comeback win

1. Geno Smith and the offense responded to adversity in incredible fashion.

Geno Smith’s 2022 season was full of great moments, with very few games he’d like to take back. But on Sunday, Smith had a mistake that could have changed the game, lobbing a screen that didn’t get past linebacker Zaven Collins, who not only plucked the ball out of the air for an interception, but managed to return it for a touchdown that gave the Cardinals a 14-10 lead midway through the third quarter.

Smith wasn’t about to let one bad game affect him, not after eight-plus games of exceptional play, and he and the offense responded to that turnaround in a big way. On the ensuing drive, Smith completed six of seven attempts for 54 yards, the last a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett that put the Seahawks on top for good. The Seahawks went 4 for 4 on third down, part of a great day on that key drive, with Seattle converting 10 of 15 third downs.

After the defense gained another stop, Seattle’s offense put together another impressive drive, this time with Kenneth Walker III leading the charge. On a run-challenged day against a stout Cardinals offense, Walker finally found some room to run, rushing for 33 yards on six carries, including a 1-yard touchdown to cap a 13-play, 81-yard drive.

Finally, when the offense needed another drive, not necessarily to score, but to seal the game after a Cardinals touchdown that cut Seattle’s lead to 3, that unit delivered for the third time. On the first play of the drive, with the Cardinals and everyone else watching in anticipation of a handoff, the Seahawks went for it instead, with Smith coming out before hitting an open Noah Fant, who completed a short 51-yard pass. Walker picked up 9 yards on the next play, the Seahawks quickly picked up another first down, Walker got another first down 12 yards, bringing him over 100 yards, and then put the game on ice with a 5-yard run.

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