NFL: Seahawks 58, Cardinals 0: Cards 'apologize' for worst shutout

2012-12-10T00:00:00Z NFL: Seahawks 58, Cardinals 0: Cards 'apologize' for worst shutoutThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 10, 2012 12:00 am  • 

SEATTLE - Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt started with an apology and later asked a reporter if he could play quarterback. Already spiraling, Arizona's season finally hit bottom on Sunday.

The Cardinals committed eight turnovers, saw Seattle's Marshawn Lynch run for 128 yards and three touchdowns and were handed the worst shutout loss in franchise history, a 58-0 rout by the Seahawks.

If there wasn't heated debate about the direction of the Cardinals before, it's likely to pick up after this lackluster effort.

"I apologize to our fans and everyone associated with our organization. That was embarrassing," Whisenhunt said. "We owe it to them ... a better product than we did today and going forward that's what we've got to do."

The Seahawks (8-5) scored nearly every way possible, turning their first home game in about a month into a rout that will only increase the chatter in Phoenix whether Whisenhunt will be fired.

It was an effortless performance by the Cardinals (4-9), who have lost nine straight, the longest slide for the franchise since 1944. The Cardinals gained just 154 yards and had almost as many turnovers as first downs (10).

Larry Fitzgerald had one reception and that didn't come until the fourth quarter. John Skelton made numerous ill-advised throws into coverage and was intercepted four times. He was picked off twice each by Bobby Wagner and Richard Sherman, with Sherman taking the first interception back 19 yards for a touchdown.

"For (the Seahawks) to come out and dominate the way they did in every phase of the game, it's embarrassing," Skelton said.

Arizona started well, with Skelton completing his first three passes. But then he threw a pass to Fitzgerald that was wrestled free by K.J. Wright and tipped into Wagner's hands for a TD return.

That up the first of Steven Hauschka's three field goals and Lynch added TD runs on consecutive drives for a 17-0 lead. Then the turnovers became comical.

Skelton was stripped by Chris Clemons and fell on the loose ball for the second Arizona turnover. He followed by throwing into triple coverage to Fitzgerald and Sherman caught the poor throw, returning it 19 yards for a score.

Patrick Peterson muffed a punt deep in his end, the ball was batted around and tipped to Malcolm Smith, who caught it out of midair at the goal line for a 31-0 lead.

And finally, Peterson was hit from behind and fumbled on a punt return late in the first half. Russell Wilson hit Zach Miller for a 24-yard TD just before halftime.

About the only bit of Arizona fight came late in the third quarter during a shoving match that resulted in Daryn Colledge getting a personal foul. By that point, the Seahawks led 51-0.

"We just want to put this season behind us," Peterson said, "but you know, we have three more games left."

Up next

• Who: Lions at Cardinals

• When: 2:05 p.m. Sunday

• TV: Channel 11

• Radio: 1290-AM

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