All-Pro wideout Larry Fitzgerald is the Cardinals all-time leader in touchdown receptions, RB…
Third-down conversions affecting Cardinals
They converted just three of 14 third-down situations and only 1 of 9 in the second half. The Cardinals failed in just about every circumstance. Twice, they had third-and-1 and came up short. Some of their play calls on third and long were head scratchers, including a quick screen to receiver Andre Roberts.
Part of the problem in the second half is the Seahawks took receiver Larry Fitzgerald out of the game. Fitzgerald had five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in the first half, so the Seahawks devoted resources to stopping him in the second.
And they did. Fitzgerald did not touch the ball in the second half, although he did draw a pass interference call.
The problem, said coach Ken Whisenhunt, is the Cardinals were not able to take advantage of open receivers elsewhere. Quarterback Kevin Kolb was not sharp, and there were mistakes in assignments, too.
The Cardinals never made the Seahawks pay for doubling Fitzgerald.
The absence of running back Beanie Wells hurt, too. Wells missed the game with a hamstring strain, and that probably was a factor in their failures on third down.
CardinalFootballTalk.com Recommended Stories
Spotlight Video: Meet the Future of Football
Updated daily! Check out hundreds of incredible profiles of the country's top football recruits in action. For all you recruiting fanatics, it doesn't get any better than this!Read More
Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Fishing Must-Haves
Selected by the team of experts at North American Fishing Club, this essential gear will ensure that you—or the angler in your life—will have a very happy 2015.Read More
2015 NFL Draft Mock 3.0
With two weeks left in the NFL regular season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the first overall pick in next spring's draft. Here's a look at the draft order and first round mock projections after 15…Read More
CFB Head Coaching Tracker
Wisconsin is the latest team in college football team searching for their next coach. (Last updated 12-19-14, 9:56 a.m.)Read More
Dakota Meyer: "Why did I Survive?"
Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer has struggled with that question since September 8, 2009, the horrible day that an ambush in Afghanistan took the lives of four of his teammates. Earlier this…Read More