The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks meet on Thursday in Week 10 for the 36th time, all in the regular season. The Cardinals lead the all-time series with a 18-17-1 record.
Last season, the Cardinals won the season series. They won at CenturyLink Field in Week 16 after settling for a tie at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Week 7.
Here are the three most notable games in the Cardinals-Seahawks rivalry.
#1 Cardinals score 14 in the fourth quarter to defeat Seahawks in first meeting as division rivals
In Week 2 of the 2002 season, the Cardinals and Seahawks met for the first time as division rivals. The Cardinals scored the game’s final 14 points for a 24-13 win.
The two teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 10-10. Seahawks kicker Rian Lindell made a 19-yard field goal just over two minutes into the final period, but wide receiver and kick returner MarTay Jenkins returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to put the Cardinals ahead for good. Wide receiver Frank Sanders sealed the victory with just over three minutes left in the game by catching a four-yard touchdown pass from Jake Plummer.
Running back Thomas Jones led the way for the Cardinals with 173 rushing yards and a touchdown and linebacker Rob Fredrickson had a sack. The Seahawks had a much better statistical game with quarterback Trent Dilfer passing for 352 yards and a touchdown and wide receiver Darrell Jackson had 10 catches for 174 yards. On defense, linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski had an interception and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard and linebacker Chad Brown had a sack each.
#2 Defense leads Seahawks to first win over the Cardinals
After dropping the first five meetings, the Seahawks finally got a win over the Cardinals with 33-14 victory in Week 3 of the 1998 season. It also was the final contest between them before becoming division-rivals in 2002.
The Seahawks took command of the game early with 10 points in each of the first two quarters. Kicker Todd Peterson made field goals of 51 and 22 yards, cornerback Willie Williams had a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown and quarterback Warren Moon threw a touchdown pass to fullback Mack Strong for the 20-0 lead at halftime.
The Cardinals got on the board with a four-yard touchdown run by running back Adrian Murrell in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 13. However, the Seahawks put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter.
Wide receiver Joey Galloway caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Moon less than a minute into the final period. Just over two minutes later, cornerback Shawn Springs returned an interception 56-yards for a score to give the Seahawks a 26-point lead with just over 12 minutes left to play.
The Cardinals got a late touchdown from Plummer to tight end Chris Gedney to make the final deficit 19 points.
#3 Cardinals and Seahawks settle for tie after both kickers missed short field goals
In Week 7 of the 2016 season, the two teams played one of the uglier games in the NFL that season at night on national television.
Kicker Chandler Catanzaro put the Cardinals on the board first with a 46-yard field late in the second quarter. His counterpart for the Seahawks, Steven Hauschka, responded with a 40-yarder with 4:00 left in regulation.
Catanzaro once again puts the Cardinals in front with a 45-yard field goal on the first drive. Hauschka tied the game again on the next drive to keep the overtime going. This time, he was good from 36-yards.
After that, both kickers missed field goals of less than 30 yards. Catanzaro had a shot to end the game and give the Cardinals the win on ensuing drive, but could not get the ball through the uprights. The Seahawks marched down the field to the Cardinals 10-yard line, but Hauschka missed the 28-yard try. The Cardinals had the last opportunity to win the game but had to go 80 yards in seven seconds. After a moderate gain on the first play, quarterback Carson Palmer’s pass for wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald fell incomplete and the two teams had the first of two ties in the NFL that season.
Aside from the two short missed field goals, then there was also a blocked field goal and blocked punt (both by the Seahawks), a turnover on downs, 135 combined penalties, 257 yards of offense by the Seahawks and they combined to go 13 for 35 on third down plays.
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