Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

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Shaun ChurchContributor IDecember 22, 2013

Final Score

Cardinals 17, Seahawks 10

Thank you, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, for that amazing football game. In one of the biggest upsets in recent memory, the Cardinals (10-5) knocked off the Seahawks (12-3) in an epic defensive battle that had just enough offense sprinkled in toward the end to entertain fans.

Quarterback play was terrible throughout the game, as Carson Palmer threw four interceptions and Russell Wilson completed just over 40 percent of his passes—neither quarterback topped a passer rating of 50.

In fact, Palmer became just the third quarterback in Cardinals history to throw four interceptions in a game and win, joining Boomer Esiason (1996) and Charley Johnson (1964) according to Pro Football Reference.

If you like defense, then you loved this game. Arizona managed 307 yards with a solid fourth-quarter effort; Seattle, on the other hand, mustered up just 192. It's the fewest yards a Seahawks offense has gained since equaling the mark in 1995.

The win for the Cardinals means they are one step closer to the playoffs. There are still many different obstacles to go through, but here is a very quick run-down:

RT @azcsportsCoop: Cards need to beat SF next week and have the N.O lose at home to TB or have SF lose to Atl coupled with Cards win vs SF

— Dave Burns (@Burns620) December 23, 2013

Seattle is in regardless, but there is still a scenario in which they do not win the division and instead fall to the fifth seed. If the Seahawks lose at St. Louis and the Cardinals lose at home to the 49ers next week, San Francisco would be crowned the NFC West division champion again and earn the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye.

That would be a disaster for Seattle.

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