McCoy leads the Cardinals to a decisive 23-13 victory over the Seahawks
Seattle – When he was called three weeks ago, Colt McCoy considered himself acting.
The Arizona Cardinals were already off to a great start. McCoy’s job when Keeler Murray went to the sideline with an ankle injury was to avoid giving up on what the Cardinal had already accomplished.
McCoy more than did his part, and his best performance was probably his last start with Arizona State. With Murray out another week, McCoy threw for 328 yards and two touchdowns, and the Cardinal beat the Seattle Seahawks 23-13 on Sunday.
McCoy went 2-1 with Murray sidelined, including road team wins in San Francisco and Seattle. The Cardinals will go their farewell with the best record in the NFL and expect Murray and Deandre Hopkins to return after the break.
“It’s just my responsibility. That’s what I see,” McCoy said. “I came here to be a part of this team and this group, and when your number is called, that’s my turn, and I’m proud to have won two games on the road.”
For the second consecutive season, McCoy was a backup booster in the starting role in Seattle and came away with a win. Last year, McCoy was with the New York Giants and took a win in December on an empty stadium.
This time, McCoy helped silence Lumen Field and sent fans to the exits early. McCoy went 35 of 44 and completely beat Seattle’s Russell Wilson in his first game since undergoing finger surgery. McCoy threw 1 and 2-yard touchdown passes to Zach Ertz in the first half, had a bit of luck in the third quarter when a potential interception flipped in the restart, and had his first 300-yard game since 2014.
“There is no feeling worse than losing before saying goodbye, so finding a way to win before this was definitely a big goal for us,” said Ertz.
Arizona (9-2) had 92 goals and 82 yards in the first half that ate 16 minutes. The Cardinals ran another 7 minutes early in the fourth quarter but Matt Prater missed on his second goal-scoring attempt, from 36 yards to give Seattle hope.
After 20 consecutive offensive runs without touchdowns, DeeJay Dallas scored for 2 yards with 7:08 left to pull Seattle down within 16-13. The drive was locked in with a 48-yard pass to Tyler Lockett.
But McCoy put the game away with another impressive possession that included a 20-yard pass to Ertz in third and seventh, and two runs designed for a first touchdown. James Conner capped the 1-yard drive with 2:20 left that left Seattle fans flocking for the exits.
“We had to get it when we did that drive, and we reacted really great from that offensive unit,” Arizona coach Cliff Kingsbury said.
Ertz had eight catches for 88 yards and Rondall Moore in 11 receptions as the Cardinal used a variety of options to make up for the absence of injured DeAndre Hopkins.
And they may have helped deliver the final blow to Seattle’s lifeless season.
“I’m disappointed that I have to go back and talk about the same things,” said Seattle coach Pete Carroll. “I don’t feel like I have good answers for you because our answers so far haven’t changed it.”
And the Seahawks lost (3-7) for the second time in a row and for the fifth time in their last six matches. Their offensive was poor, their defense failed to make third stops, and Seattle were regularly booed by home fans after their fourth home defeat of the season.
Wilson seemed confused and indecisive, not getting help from the receivers at times. Play calls didn’t help, with odd decisions being made to target Dallas and Benny Hart for key third defeats in the second half.
Seattle went 20 straight drives without a touchdown before TD kicked off in Dallas in the middle of the fourth quarter. Wilson was 14 of 26 for 207 yards. Seattle chased five of its first seven possessions and Wilson was fired four times, 2½ coming from Chandler Jones.
“To walk off the field with the best record in the NFL, it feels great,” Jones said. “It shows you that none of the work we put in over the week is in vain.”
Seattle apparently got a breather when Sidney Jones intercepted McCoy and brought the selection back to Arizona 11 in the third quarter. But after a lengthy review, officials ruled that the ball hit the ground and the objection was overturned. Arizona Punted – 67-yard teams at Seattle field position.
Arizona 6-0 on the road and they all came in with 10 points or more. According to the Cardinals, they are the third team in league history to win their first six road games in double digits, joining the Cowboys in 1968 and the 1936 Bears.
Seattle novice CB Trey Brown injured his patellar tendon in his knee late in the first half. Brown was down for several minutes and limped straight into the locker room. The Seahawks were already without starting CB DJ Reed, who was inactive.
Seattle RP Rashad Penny ran for 18 yards in game one and immediately went into the injury tent with a hamstring injury. He came back briefly in the second half.
Cardinals: Arizona farewell next week.
Seahawks: Seattle in Washington on Monday, November 30th.
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