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Seahawks at Cardinals Preview: Can Cards End Season Off With A Bang?

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For the second and final time, the Arizona Cardinals (4-12) and Seattle Seahawks (8-8) face each other to conclude the NFL regular season.

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Being eliminated from the playoffs a few weeks ago, the Cardinals can spoil the Seahawks’ playoff aspirations with a win.

Seahawks Clinch Playoffs If

  • Seattle win, the Green Bay Packers lose/tie the Chicago Bears
  • Seattle tie, Green Bay lose and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose/tie the Carolina Panthers
  • Seattle tie, Green Bay lose and the New Orleans Saints lose/tie the Atlanta Falcons

Arizona are coming off of a 35-31 upset victory over the Philadelphia Eagles last week, scoring 29 points in a second half rally. James Conner had two touchdowns, including the game-winner with just 32 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Similar to the Cardinals, the Seahawks also handed the Eagles a loss, 20-17 in their encounter on Dec. 18.

However, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seahawks 30-23 last Sunday, putting all the pressure on Seattle.

Trey McBride will have one last chance to add onto the record for most receptions by a Cardinals tight end in a single season. As things stand, McBride has collected 78 in 16 games. McBride broke the record of 56 on his first catch against the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 17, surpassing the three-way tie between him, Hall of Famer Jackie Smith (1967) and  Zach Ertz (2021).

Conner is just 110 rushing yards away from 1,000, sitting at 890. He fell just short of quadruple-digits while with the Steelers in the 2018 season, 973 yards.

Seattle wide receivers Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf are only nine yards away from hitting 2,000 as a combination. Metcalf leads Seahawks receivers with 1101 and Lockett is not far behind, 890.

Cardinals Game Status

Questionable: safety Andre Chachere (shoulder), linebacker Victor Dimukeje (foot), linebacker Dennis Gardeck (knee), wide receiver Zach Pascal (hamstring), offensive lineman Elijah Wilkinson (illness)

Out: offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (knee), defensive lineman Dante Stills (knee), cornerback Garrett Williams (ankle)

Seahawks Game Status

Questionable: offensive tackle Jason Peters (foot), Jarran Reed, linebacker Nick Bellore (knee), linebacker Jordyn Brooks (ankle)

Out: defensive end Mario Edwards (knee), running back Kenny McIntosh (thumb), guard Phil Haynes (toe), offensive tackle Abraham Lucas (knee)


The Cardinals are 22-26-1 against Seattle all-time, and winless (0-4) in their last four meetings with the Seahawks.

Once known as the St. Louis Cardinals, they beat the Seahawks 30-24 back on Sept. 12, 1976, the first ever matchup.

Earlier this season, Arizona lost 20-10 in Seattle on Oct. 22. Former Cardinal Joshua Dobbs rushed for a 25-yard touchdown and completed 19-of-33 passes for 146 yards. Down 10-7 at one point, Seahawks rookies Jason Bobo and Jaxson Smith-Njigba both caught a touchdown each from quarterback Geno Smith in their comeback victory. Smith threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns.

Sunday will be the 50th installment of this fierce rivalry between two NFC West Division foes.

Local Game Information

Start Time: 2:25 p.m. MST

Location: State Farm Stadium

TV Channel: FOX

Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, La Indiscreta Radio 106.7 FM (Spanish)

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Alec Cipollini is a reporter of the Arizona Coyotes and Cardinals for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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