GLENDALE, ARIZ. – The Seattle Seahawks are storming into the postseason with a rousing victory over the Arizona team that had dethroned them as NFC West champions.
Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes in a second-quarter outburst, and the Seahawks emphatically ended the Cardinals' nine-game winning streak in a 36-6 rout Sunday.
"Absolutely, this was a statement," the Seahawks' Christine Michael said.
Playing on the same field where they lost a Super Bowl heartbreaker in February, the Seahawks (10-6) dominated from their opening possession and led 30-6 at the half.
"It was just us playing our style of football," Seattle's Richard Sherman said. "I think sometimes people forget who we are."
It was the most one-sided loss for Arizona in coach Bruce Arians' three seasons in the desert, and it came after the Cardinals (13-3) had clinched the NFC's No. 2 seed and a first-round playoff bye.
"This was a valuable lesson today," Arians said. "We could see it coming all week. Coaches, players, everybody fell into that reading the press clippings that were anointing us Super Bowl champs. It's a nice wake-up call. We got beaten in every phase of the game."
Tyler Lockett set up three of Seattle's four first-half touchdowns with punt returns of 66 and 42 yards, and a 36-yard reception.
Arizona's Carson Palmer, who broke the franchise's single-season record for passing yards, did not play in the second half. Wilson sat out the fourth quarter.
Seattle is 3-0 at Arizona since Arians became the Cardinals' coach. Arizona beat the Seahawks in Seattle 39-32 on Nov. 15.
The Cardinals emphasized they have two weeks to straighten things out and get back to playing the way they did in a 38-8 rout of Green Bay last week.
"We're not in any way panicking or freaking out," Palmer said.
Michael rushed 17 times for 102 yards, including a 44-yard burst on Seattle's first TD drive.