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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Unlike the majority of the season, this time the Cardinals didn’t respond well. Jeremy Lane picked off a Carson Palmer pass on the next Arizona drive which turned into more points by way of a 52-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka.The Cardinals would get their bearings on the next possession, marching 80 yards on 12 plays in 6:09. Palmer would hit Larry Fitzgerald on a 17-yard touchdown pass, but Chandler Catanzaro missed the extra point to make it a 10-6 game.That was pretty much the only Cardinal highlight in what was probably the most lifeless performance since the tail end of the Ken Whisenhunt era.Arians sensed something wasn’t up to snuff in the week of practice leading up to the game.“You lose games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. You don’t lose them on Sunday, in my opinion,” he said. “We lost this all week in practice.”The Cardinals managed only 232 yards of offense — their lowest total of the season. It’s also the first time they’ve been held to under 10 points in a game since last season. Arizona managed a total of three field goals in two games against Seattle in 2014, but those games were started by quarterbacks Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley. Even with Palmer, a legitimate MVP candidate, things weren’t much different on Sunday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories If you’re rooting for the Cardinals to finally break through and win a Super Bowl, you’re probably hoping the players in red and white disregarded that memo.The Seahawks dominated in every phase of the game from the outset, earning a 36-6 victory as their final push into the postseason.The Cardinals don’t possess that same momentum. After winning nine straight games, Arizona (13-3) is now wondering just what the heck went wrong Sunday.“This was a valuable lesson today, because you could see it coming all week,” Arians said. “I think coaches, players, everybody fell into that trap of reading their press clippings that anointed us Super Bowl champions. This was a nice wake-up call.”That wake-up call started early. Seattle (10-6) forced the Cardinals to punt on their first possession, then marched on a 12-play, 88-yard touchdown drive that melted 7:19 off the clock. Running back Bryce Brown punched it in from the 1-yard line to put the Seahawks on the board and set the tone for the entire contest.On the drive, Seattle kept the Cardinals’ defense off balance. Quarterback Russell Wilson went 5-for-5 for 45 yards — the biggest play being a 20-yard completion to tight end Cooper Helfet for 20 yards that gave the Seahawks a 1st-and-goal at the Arizona 1-yard line. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Seattle Seahawks running back Bryce Brown (36) scores a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals linebacker Sean Witherspoon (55) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Comments   Share   “Yeah, I’m pretty disappointed in myself and in us in the way we came out and played,” Palmer, who threw for 129 yards, said. “We got beat. We didn’t play well enough. Sometimes that’s a good thing going the way we had things going. It brings some guys back down to earth and get back to work.“It’s an opportunity to start another streak.”Fitzgerald likened the feel of this loss to the last time the Cardinals were faced with a less-than-important Week 17 matchup before a playoff appearance.“This had a similar feeling to the 33-7 loss to Green Bay (in 2009),” he said. “It’s Week 17 and we are heading to the playoffs, just from a mental standpoint I don’t think we were hitting on all cylinders. We have to get back tomorrow and address this film. Put the things that we did to rest and continue to build on what we have been doing the rest of the season.”In the season Fitzgerald referred to, the Cardinals bounced back from that season-ending loss to the Packers by handing them a 51-45 overtime loss in the Wild Card round the next week.Palmer agrees with his head coach and feels that this could be used as a valuable tool moving forward. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Last week, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was adamant that his team would treat Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Seattle Seahawks just like any other game.That sparked some debate locally. While Arians’ edict that his team will go out and play to win every week, regardless of the circumstances, held weight, some fans were concerned that such a philosophy would put important players at risk for injury. – / 39 “We were just a little too tentative, but it’s a great lesson to learn,” he said. “We have a lot of young guys and vets, like myself, that need to step up and make sure that doesn’t happen in the years ahead of us if we’re in that situation again.“That game is over. The regular season is over. Now the fun begins. We’ll be ready to rock.”Cornerback Patrick Peterson also chose to find a silver lining in a decisive loss.“A loss can help in a number of ways. We just want to make sure we that we don’t take that same approach in the playoffs,” he said. “We have to make sure that we have championship practices each and every day. We know how to get that job done, we know how to practice, just this week wasn’t our best.“At the end of the day, we will be back here in front of our crowd in two weeks and we will see what happens then. For the most part, we are still a good football team, we just have to go back to the drawing board and not let those little things to continue to creep up on us.”With the loss (and Carolina’s win over Tampa Bay), the Cardinals are the two-seed in the NFC in the playoffs. According to Arians, they’ll practice three times next week, during the bye, and like the rest of us, watch the Wild Card games and see whom they’ll host at University of Phoenix Stadium in two weeks. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img

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