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But in the NFL, there's that "understanding" not to "embarrass" the other team.

Pete Carroll is plenty used to being in games like this from his USC days. Some data points from the game:

- If not for a late-game offensive burst, the Cards' 8 turnovers would have outnumbered their first downs (10).
- Seattle attempted and made field goals in the 3rd quarter when leading 45-0 (4th and goal from the 10, with 7:47 remaining) and 48-0 (4th and 6 from the 14 , with 2:10 remaining). They later passed up a field goal attempt on 4th and 23 from the 33, halfway through the 4th, leading 51-0.
- Russell Wilson only attempted 13 passes (completing 7, for 148 yards). He was 1 of 1 for 5 yards in the 3rd quarter.
- Matt Flynn appeared in a regular season game for the first time this season, relieving Wilson with 10:19 to go in the 3rd quarter. He went 5 of 9 for 68 yards.
- Both Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin rushed for over 100 yards, and the 3rd running back (Leon Washington) got his first rushing TD of the season.
- Larry Fitzgerald nearly had his consecutive-games-with-a-catch streak stopped at 129. He caught his only pass of the game for 2 yards with 7:13 to go in the game. Three of Seattle's 4 interceptions were on throws targeted to Fitzgerald.

So, apart from the field goal attempts maybe, the Cards pretty much did all of the embarrassing themselves.

In other news, the win for Seattle was its largest shutout and largest victory margin. It was the first time Arizona had been shut out since 2003 when the Cards lost to Seattle 38-0, which was this game's score at halftime. Seattle Pro-Bowl CB Brandon Browner began his 4-game suspension for Adderall this week. Russell Wilson is the first rookie to start and win his first 6 home games since the 1970 merger.

Seattle travels to play Buffalo next (in Toronto). If Seattle beats Buffalo next week and the 49ers lose at New England Sunday night, Seattle pulls within a half-game of the 49ers, and their meeting (in Seattle) the following week will basically determine the NFC West winner. In the final week, Seattle hosts the Rams and the Niners host the Cardinals. Currently the #5 seed, Seattle looks very likely to earn at least a wild-card spot in a tie-break scenario by virtue of their wins over other contenders Chicago (8-5), Dallas (7-6), and Minnesota (7-6). Washington (7-6) is the only other team within a game of them, and RG3 is questionable with a sprained knee.

-n8 (down the stretch they come!)
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