And the NFL wonders why ratings are down. Yet, the games are too horribly compelling to turn off.
The Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks treated fans to what was by far the most pathetic display of football all season. The Cardinals and Seahawks both made field goals in overtime, then missed potential game-winning chip shots in what turned out to be a 6-6 tie for the ages.
This game was historic for all of the wrong reasons. It was the first tie in an NFL game that did not feature a touchdown since 1972, when the Philadelphia Eagles and then Chicago Cardinals played to a 6-6 draw.
But history aside, this game was a putrid as it gets. Both teams traded field goals on the opening two drives of overtime to make it 6-6 before hilarity and sadness ensued. The Cardinals seemingly had the game locked up when Carson Palmer connected with J.J. Nelson for a 40-yard completion. Arizona was unable to punch the ball into the end zone on two tries, but no problem! Chandler Catanzaro was ready to bang home a chip shot field goal to send the Cardinals to 4-3.
The Cardinals probably wished they had given star running back David Johnson one more crack from the 1-yard-line on 3rd down. First, a delay of game penalty backed the kick up five yards. Then Catanzaro, who had a field goal blocked by Bobby Wagner earlier in the game, choked from 24 yards out sending University of Phoenix Stadium into a tizzy with three minutes to play.
— NFL (@NFL) October 24, 2016
The Seahawks got their turn to try and create some magic and did so. A 31-yard completion from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse followed by a 27-yard pitch and catch from Wilson to Doug Baldwin had the Seahawks sniffing an incredibly improbable victory.
The Seahawks ran one play and lost a yard. But once again, it shouldn’t have mattered. Steven Hauschka is one of the most reliable kickers in the league and should be fine from only 28 yards, right? Right?
Let Pete Carroll answer that question for you:
When the jig is up re: field goals pic.twitter.com/0yrasMSVcL
— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) October 24, 2016
Yes, Hauschka shanked the chip shot in even worse fashion than Catanzaro’s pathetic miss. Hauschka’s wasn’t even close while Catanzaro at least doinked his off the upright. That should’ve counted for one point.
Arizona’s Hail Mary pass fell on deaf ears (deservedly so), and the teams left the field after 75 minutes of action with the satisfaction of kissing your sister.
Sunday night’s game might generate a referendum on kicking, but that’s a topic for another day. Right now, the Seahawks remain atop the NFC West standings at a sexy 4-1-1, while Arizona is a distant second at a ridiculous 3-3-1.
Yes, the NFL has a problem and Sunday night’s debacle is just the most prominent example of the league’s general ineptitude.
And it’s only Week 7.