The Seattle Seahawks were 7-1 at home in the regular season, with their only loss being against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16. Counting the postseason, Seattle is 16-1 with Russell Wilson as the starting quarterback at CenturyLink Field. With the Bay Area media in a conference call back in Week 17, the Cardinals cornerback specifically talked about the defense as an important key to victory besides a strong start.
"[You need to] jump on them early," Peterson said in a conference call. "Obviously you know Seattle is a pretty good team and t he things they like to do, they do it well. If you shut down those things early [and] get them to [being] a one dimensional team, you'll have an opportunity [to win]."
Against the Seahawks, Arizona was able to shut down the Seattle running game with Marshawn Lynch having 10 carries of two yards or less. There were multiple goal line stands which kept them out of the end zone.
Russell Wilson had 108 passing yards as he completed only 11 of 27 passing attempts. Right before halftime, Seattle had a chance to go up with the score being tied 3-3. After several stands inside the five-yard line, Steven Hauschka shanked a field goal attempt which went off the goal post. Seattle was held to their season-tying low of three point in the first half.
Head coach Bruce Arians highlighted their defense on third down as one of the biggest reasons they won. While Arizona won the battle in the trenches too, the Cardinals defense held Seattle to being 2-13 on third downs. It wasn't until a late 31-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd from Carson Palmer to decide the game.
With two minutes remaining, Wilson ended up throwing an interception which ended any hopes of a comeback. Seattle has been held to 17 points or fewer five times this year. They are 2-3 when they score that amount of points.