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December 21, 2014 at 11:57 PM

The 6 biggest moments from the Seahawks’ 35-6 rout of the Arizona Cardinals

The story line leading up to this game was that it would be a battle of defenses.

The Seahawks, with their 596 yards of total offense, beg to differ.

Seattle has taken control of the NFC West and, with Dallas’ win over Indianapolis today, earned a ticket to the postseason. A Super Bowl repeat feels closer than it has since the start of the season.

But this game wasn’t perfect. The Seahawks racked up 11 penalties, most of them in the first half. And the usually phenomenal Steven Hauschka missed all three of his field goal attempts, doubling his number of misses for the season. It was the first time he’s missed more than one in a single game.

Overall, though, it was a masterful performance from the Seahawks. Below are six of the biggest moments from the game:

 

Wilson’s 55-yard run

On the last play of the first quarter, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson found a hole in the Cardinals’ defense and had  the longest run of his career. It got Seattle into field goal range to start the second quarter, but Hauschka couldn’t close the deal.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson evades Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson on his way to a 55-yard run to the Arizona 40 during the first quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson evades Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson on his way to a 55-yard run to the Arizona 40 during the first quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

 

80-yard Wilson-to-Willson touchdown

After sitting out with an upset stomach, running back Marshawn Lynch joined the game early in the second quarter just in time to become a play-action decoy. With Arizona’s defense focused on Lynch, tight end Luke Willson got open behind the Cardinals’ secondary to catch the longest pass of quarterback Russell Wilson’s career and bring it home.

Seahawks tight end Luke Willson runs past Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson (26) and Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) on his way to an 80-yard touchdown on a long pass from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during the second quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks tight end Luke Willson runs past Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson (26) and Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) on his way to an 80-yard touchdown on a pass from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during the second quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks tight end Luke Willson scores an 80-yard touchdown on a pass from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during the second quarter. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks tight end Luke Willson scores an 80-yard touchdown on a pass from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during the second quarter. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Wilson has thrown only one other 80-yarder: last year, to Golden Tate against the St. Louis Rams.

 

Lynch red-zone TD

Robert Turbin and Christine Michael got plenty of touches, but Marshawn Lynch is still the Seahawks’ main ground weapon. On their next drive after Willson scored, it took the Seahawks six plays to get back into the end zone, with Lynch going right and stretching across the line to put Seattle up 14-3 at the half.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch squeezes into the end zone for Seattle's second touchdown of the game in the second quarter. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch squeezes into the end zone for Seattle’s second touchdown of the game in the second quarter. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse celebrate as Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch runs in Seattle's second touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run in the second quarter. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks right tackle Justin Britt and Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse celebrate as Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch runs in Seattle’s second touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run in the second quarter. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

 

Second Wilson-to-Willson TD

Early in the fourth quarter, Russell Wilson sent a 20-yard laser down the middle to Luke Willson in the end zone, giving the Hawks a 21-6 lead.

Seahawks tight end Luke Willson scores a 20-yard touchdown off a pass from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during the fourth quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks tight end Luke Willson scores a 20-yard touchdown off a pass from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during the fourth quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

It was an unexpected career day for Willson, who had 191 yards and one touchdown entering Sunday night’s game. After this play, it was 139 yards and two touchdowns for the Arizona game alone.

 

Beast unleashed: Record Lynch run for another TD

Marshawn Lynch seemed to forget his stomach ache in the fourth quarter, darting 79 yards down the field and leaping into the end zone with both altitude and attitude.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch keeps in bounds and knocks Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson to the ground on his way to a 79-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch stays in bounds and knocks Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson to the ground on his way to a 79-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

It was the longest run of his career. (For perspective, the famous Beast Quake run was 67 yards.)

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch wraps up a 79-yard run with a leap into the end zone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch wraps up a 79-yard run with a leap into the end zone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

 

Wilson runs in a TD of his own

Driving the final nail in on Arizona’s control of the NFC West, Russell Wilson scampered 5 yards into the end zone in the final minutes of the game. It was one of six runs he had for 88 yards total (Wilson was more of a force through the air, throwing for 339 yards — his most in a regular-season game).

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson shakes off the defense on his way to a fourth-quarter touchdown. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson shakes off the defense on his way to a fourth-quarter touchdown. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

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