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NFL Week 7 PFF ReFocused: Arizona Cardinals 37, Seattle Seahawks 34

Oct 25, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez (5) kicks a game winning field goal against the Seattle Seahawks during overtime at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

After a tidal wave of emotions, one of the most electric Sunday Night Football games of recent memory concluded with the Arizona Cardinals outlasting the Seattle Seahawks, 37-34.

Russell Wilson threw three interceptions en route to the Seahawks' first loss of the season, while Kyler Murray flashed his immense potential and showed why he was deserving of the first overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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STORY OF THE GAME

In the rollercoaster that was the Seahawks at the Cardinals, both teams found themselves in a shootout where only one could reign victorious. The Cardinals drove the ball into field-goal range after a Seahawks punt on their first possession in overtime but took a costly timeout just as the play clock was about to expire. Kicker Zane Gonzalez nailed the kick before the timeout and was wide left after it, giving Seattle hope.

Despite the momentum shifting drastically in their favor, Wilson & Co. missed the chance to take advantage. First, D.K. Metcalf took a short pass all the way to the house but was then called back due to a holding penalty. On the next play, Wilson threw an untimely interception to rookie Isaiah Simmons, giving Arizona one more chance to put the game on ice. Murray led his team back into field-goal range, where Gonzalez had his shot at redemption. He did not squander it.

Murray totaled over 400 yards and four touchdowns on the night, proving to be lethal through the air and on the ground. Chase Edmonds also got his fair share of the spotlight, as he took his five carries for 58 yards and added another seven receptions for 87 yards, gashing the Seahawks defense.

DeAndre Hopkins also had a stellar night, hauling in 10 of his 12 targets for 102 yards and a touchdown. Christian Kirk was only able to come down with five receptions for 37 yards, but two were red-zone touchdowns to help propel his team into striking distance.

Wilson filled up the stat sheet, both positively and negatively, throwing for 388 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions while also adding another 84 yards with his legs. Metcalf had a quiet night with Patrick Peterson shadowing him, catching just two passes for 23 yards. It did not matter, however, as Tyler Lockett more than made up for it by amassing 200 yards and three touchdowns on 15 receptions, by far the best game of his six-year career. Despite Lockett’s valiant efforts, Seattle could not extend its win streak to six on the season.

ROOKIE WATCH

There were not many rookies on the field for either side tonight. For Seattle, third-round offensive guard Damien Lewis was trotted out for 73 snaps and was impressive. He allowed just one pressure on 51 reps in pass protection and was solid in the running game. Defensively, first-round rookie linebacker Jordyn Brooks saw the field for 38 snaps and was strong against the run while only allowing a couple of receptions for 23 yards into his coverage.

On the Cardinals' side, fourth-round defensive tackle Leki Fotu was the only rookie to see more than 15 total snaps. He earned 48 reps, and much like his college career, he was impactful against the run but added little to nothing as a pass-rusher, generating just one pressure on 30 pass-rushing snaps.

First-round linebacker Simmons only saw the gridiron for five snaps, but he came up with one of the biggest plays of the game, picking off Russell Wilson in overtime to give the Cardinals their last game-winning possession.

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