National Football League
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Arizona at Seattle
When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, December 30, 2018
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

The Seattle Seahawks have clinched an NFC wild-card berth due to a strong second-half sprint, but they have more for which to play when they host the woeful Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Seattle is looking to record its sixth win in seven games, and a triumph would allow it to claim the No. 5 seed in the postseason.

The Seahawks are looking to reach the 10-win mark for the sixth time in seven seasons, and coach Pete Carroll was rewarded with an extension through the 2021 campaign earlier this week. "He's one of the best in the league, and he's really good for this city, really good for this team, and guys love playing for him," Seattle outside linebacker K.J. Wright told reporters. "He earned it, and I'm happy for him." Arizona, which has lost six of its last seven games, owns the worst record in the NFL and would receive the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft with another defeat. Sunday's contest could be the final one for wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has 1,299 catches for 16,243 yards and 115 touchdowns in 15 NFL seasons.

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Seahawks -13. O/U: 38.5

ABOUT THE CARDINALS (3-12): Safety D.J. Swearinger is back with Arizona for a second tour of duty after being waived by Washington for criticizing the methods of defensive coordinator Greg Manusky following Saturday's loss to Tennessee. "Definitely didn't think it would cost my job knowing that me and the coach had an understanding, but it is what it is," Swearinger, who had a stellar 2016 season for the Cardinals before departing as a free agent, told reporters. "Everything happened for a reason. I'm happy it happened and ready to move forward." Quarterback Josh Rosen (10 touchdowns, 14 interceptions), who has admitted he has hit the "rookie wall," made the first start of his inconsistent campaign against the Seahawks in Week 4 - when he passed for 180 yards and a touchdown in a 20-17 loss.

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (9-6): Russell Wilson is enjoying a stellar campaign with 3,296 passing yards and 34 touchdowns against six interceptions, but running back Chris Carson (1,029 yards) also has been a difference-maker while registering the first 1,000-yard season of his career. "He was the most well-conditioned guy that showed up when we returned in April," Carroll told reporters. "There was nobody that was more fit. Nobody was more ready for the work. I don't know how he did it, but he's just unbelievable, that commitment that he has, and it carried through the whole season." Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner is thriving with a team-leading 126 tackles and has made 12 or more in five of his last eight contests.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Cardinals have won four of their last five visits to Seattle.

2. The Seahawks have committed a league-low 10 turnovers, and a mistake-free performance on Sunday will allow them to tie the 2010 New England Patriots and 2011 San Francisco 49ers for the NFL record.

3. Arizona has been outscored 88-26 over its last three games.

PREDICTION: Seahawks 34, Cardinals 9
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Arizona 3-12 L3 13.4 26.5 1-7 2-5 3-11 0-0 - - 3-8
Seattle 9-6 W1 26.7 21.5 5-2 4-4 3-4 0-0 - - 7-4
Last Meeting
Arizona Seattle
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/30/18 SEA 20 ARI 17 263 92 171 331 171 160
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Arizona J. Rosen 55.6 180 1 0
Seattle R. Wilson 73.1 172 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Arizona D. Johnson 22 71 3.2 1
Seattle M. Davis 21 101 4.8 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Arizona R. Seals-Jones 2 52 26.0 0
Seattle T. Lockett 5 53 10.6 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Arizona D. Johnson 1
Seattle M. Davis 2
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Arizona J. Rosen 55.4 2129 10 14
Seattle R. Wilson 66.0 3296 34 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Arizona D. Johnson 241 878 3.6 7
Seattle C. Carson 228 1029 4.5 8
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Arizona L. Fitzgerald 65 698 10.7 5
Seattle T. Lockett 55 899 16.3 9
Touchdowns Player TD
Arizona D. Johnson 10
Seattle T. Lockett 9