Seahawks edge Cardinals but miss playoffs

Geno Smith threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett with 1:54 remaining, then found Lockett in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion, as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Arizona

Seahawks edge Cardinals but miss playoffs

Geno Smith threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett with 1:54 remaining, then found Lockett in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion, as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Arizona Cardinals 21-20 Sunday afternoon in Glendale, Ariz.

Despite the victory, the Seahawks (9-8) missed the playoffs, as they also needed a Green Bay loss to Chicago in the regular-season finale.

Arizona’s Matt Prater missed a 51-yard field-goal attempt on the game’s final play. Prater also was wide right on a 43-yard try with 2:59 left that would’ve given the Cardinals a 10-point lead.

Smith completed 16 of 28 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Kenneth Walker III rushed for 78 yards on 17 attempts.

Arizona’s James Conner rushed 27 times for 150 yards and a touchdown, eclipsing 1,000 yards in a season for the first time in his NFL career. Kyler Murray was 22-of-30 passing for 262 yards and one TD.

The Cardinals (4-13) took their only lead on a fake field-goal attempt, with Murray throwing an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Trey McBride in the back of the end zone with 9:52 remaining.

After trailing 13-6 at the half, the Cardinals tied the score at 13 on their opening possession of the third quarter, going 87 yards on just four plays. After Murray was stopped for a 1-yard loss on first down, Conner took a screen pass and went 34 yards down the left sideline. Murray threw a 25-yard pass to tight end Elijah Higgins, then Conner rushed around the left end for a 29-yard touchdown.

Seattle scored on its opening drive of the game, getting a 33-yard field goal from Jason Myers.

The Cardinals responded with a 23-yarder from Prater. It was the 400th career field goal for Prater, who was playing in his 250th NFL game.

Smith threw a 19-yard scoring strike to tight end Will Dissly midway through the second quarter for the lone touchdown of the half. The drive was kept alive when Smith found Lockett for 37 yards on third-and-8 from Seattle’s 41-yard line.

Prater kicked a 34-yarder with 1:57 left in the half to pull the Cardinals within 10-6.

The Seahawks drove into field-goal range, and Myers booted a 29-yarder as time expired in the first half. It was Myers’ 35th field goal of the season, breaking the franchise record he set last year.