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Seattle Seahawks winning 10 games for the sixth time in seven seasons.The Seahawks know they must be better than what they showed Sunday or their return to the playoffs after a one-year absence will be brief.“You can’t be so frustrated because we got the win and we have bigger goals ahead of us T.J. Hockenson Jersey , but it’s not as satisfying as it could have been,” Seattle left tackle Duane Brown said. “We won the game, got 10 wins on the season so you have to be grateful for that but we know the kind of product we’re used to putting out on the field and today wasn’t it.”Article continues below ...Seattle escaped its lackluster season finale with a 27-24 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday thanks to Sebastian Janikowski’s 33-yard field goal on the final play. The victory wrapped up the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs and a matchup at Dallas in the wild-card round on Saturday night.But it was an ugly performance filled with protection issues, special teams mistakes and a matchup that ultimately meant very little a week after the Seahawks (10-6) wrapped up their postseason berth. With how things played out on the final day, Seattle could have lost and still been in the same position.“I think what it comes down to is nobody wanted to play in Chicago. We wanted to play in Dallas in a dome,” Seattle WR Doug Baldwin said. “It’s just one of those games where you got to come out and put your best foot forward even though you already know you’re in the playoffs and do the best you can to make it a game.”Despite the issues that emerged, Seattle coach Pete Carroll was quick to point out the highlights that came out of the victory: Another big day running the ball, forcing two turnovers and sacking Arizona QB Josh Rosen six times, and putting together a game-winning drive in the final two minutes.Seattle took a 24-21 lead earlier in the fourth quarter on Janikowski’s 42-yard field goal, but watched Arizona (3-13) answer with Zane Gonzalez’s third field goal of the game, from 55 yards with 1:49 left to tie it. Gonzalez hit earlier from 36 and 50 yards.After converting a third-and-1 early in the drive, Russell Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for 37 yards to the Arizona 25-yard line. After a couple of running plays, Jankowski hit the winner for the second time this season against the Cardinals. Seattle will go into the postseason winning six of its final seven games.Chris Carson rushed for a career-high 122 yards and a touchdown, but Wilson was sacked six times and a litany of special teams mistakes allowed the hapless Cardinals to stick around far longer than expected. The six sacks were the most allowed by Seattle since Week 2.Wilson was 12 of 21 for 152 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the first quarter that ended Seattle’s hopes of matching the NFL record for fewest turnovers in a season.Rosen was 18 of 34 for 149 yards and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald. The loss ensured the Cardinals the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft and the question will continued to linger if Fitzgerald will return to play with that draft pick.“I feel like we’ve done this dance before. Same song Jahlani Tavai Jersey , same dance. I’m going to go play golf tomorrow, I know that, I’m looking forward to it,” Fitzgerald said.FITZ FINALE?In his 15th season, Fitzgerald caught the 116th touchdown pass of his career and became the third player with at least 1,300 career receptions. The question will linger whether there’s a 16th season in Fitzgerald’s future, although he still showed the skill as an exceptional pass catcher. His first reception came on the final play of the first quarter and extended his streak to 227 straight games with a catch. His best catch was in the second quarter as he initially faked a block, slipped behind cornerback Akeem King and made a one-handed reception for his sixth touchdown of the season.His 116 career TDs are tied for sixth with Chargers tight end Antonio Gates.“I told him he was coming back,” Cardinals RB David Johnson said.UGLY OFFENSESeattle went three-and-out on five straight offensive possessions starting in the middle of the second quarter through the middle of the third against a defense that has caused problems in the past.Seattle finally got a first down thanks to a defensive holding penalty against Haason Reddick that negated Wilson’s fumble being returned for a touchdown by Peterson. Carson bolted for 61 yards on the next play. Mike Davis later bounced outside for a 17-yard TD run and a 21-13 lead.BLOCK PARTYArizona pulled even on a blocked punt by Cameron Malveaux recovered by Dennis Gardeck for a touchdown. It was the first punt block for a TD by the Cardinals since 2008, and the 2-point conversion by Johnson pulled the Cardinals even at 21.INJURIESSeattle will have one big question going into next week after starting cornerback Shaquill Griffin left in the first half with a twisted right ankle injury and did not return. Griffin appeared to take an awkward step on the sideline pushing Fitzgerald out of bounds. Carroll said Griffin wanted to return but was held out for precautionary reasons.UP NEXTCardinals: Arizona is on the clock for the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.Seahawks: Seattle will travel to Dallas in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Leonard Fournette sprinted right, took a couple of stutter steps while waiting for blockers, cut back sharply and then made another abrupt move to elude two defenders and find an even bigger opening.He was celebrating in the end zone a few seconds later.Fournette’s 21-yard touchdown scamper in an exhibition game against Atlanta was longer than any run he had during Jacksonville’s final seven games last season. It showed the kind of vision and burst Fournette lacked down the stretch as a rookie, and provided a glimpse of what the Jaguars expect from the centerpiece of their oft-maligned offense in 2018.“I want to be great,” Fournette said.With that in mind Will Harris Jersey , Fournette shed more than 15 pounds this offseason in an effort to “take it back” to his college days. He now expects his second NFL season to look a lot like his sophomore year at LSU , the 2015 campaign in which he averaged 6.5 yards a carry, scored 22 touchdowns and finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting.Fournette insists he’s eating better, conditioning more and even doing 50 push-ups a night.“I would say it is probably one of my first years feeling healthier than I ever did before,” he said.The Jaguars are counting on it making a difference on the field, too.Fournette carried 268 times for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns in 2017. He scored seven touchdowns in his first six games, including on runs of 90 and 75 yards.He slowed significantly down the stretch, missing two games because of injuries and another because of a suspension. The Jaguars led the league in rushing, averaging 141.4 yards a game, but the ground attack was hardly the same during the second half of the season and the playoffs.Jacksonville averaged 40 yards less a game over that stretch and was down a little more than a yard a carry.The stalled ground attack reached a low point in the AFC title game at New England. Trying to milk the clock and preserve a lead, the Jags managed a measly 41 yards on 15 carries in the second half. More than a third of those yards (14) came on one play.Fournette shouldered the blame, and the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft decided to do something about it. He got leaner and fitter in hopes of gaining a little more top-end speed and becoming a three-down back. He also plans to get out of bounds more often to save his body from the pain and pounding that comes with a 16-game schedule.“It’s Year 2,” offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said. “You always look at Year 2 being in the same system and understanding everything: the speed of the game, the offense. That’s always going to amp up your production.”Jacksonville made several other moves to help Fournette.General manager Dave Caldwell and football czar Tom Coughlin signed All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell to a five-year Austin Bryant Jersey , $66.5 million contract in free agency. They also revamped the receiving corps by signing big-play receiver Donte Moncrief and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, then selected speedy receiver DJ Chark in the second round of the draft.Caldwell and Coughlin believe Norwell and a few more passing threats will help create more space for Fournette near the line of scrimmage.And for Jacksonville — which wants to win games by running the ball and playing stout defense — that could mean everything in a season with Super Bowl aspirations.Fournette being leaner could pay dividends, too.“I feel like he’s faster,” defensive end Yannick Ngakoue said. “I can tell he’s been working hard.”Some other things to know about Jacksonville heading into the season opener at the Giants:DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE?: After finishing second in the NFL in yards allowed, points, sacks, takeaways and interceptions last year, Jacksonville’s defense believes it will be improved in 2018 . The unit returns 12 of its top 14 players, including eight starters who earned Pro Bowl honors in the last four years.“We like to talk a lot of trash and back it up and make teams fear us,” All-Pro defensive end Calais Campbell said. “Our ultimate goal is to strike intimidation, and people know that we know how good we are. That’s a good feeling to have.”MISSING RECEIVER: The Jaguars will be without top receiver Marqise Lee for the season. Lee tore ligaments in his left knee in a preseason game, was placed on injured reserve and will have season-ending surgery. The team will rely on second-year pros Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook, one-year rental Moncrief and rookie Chark to fill the void.POSTSEASON BOUND?: Jacksonville is looking for consecutive postseason berths for the second time in franchise history and first time since the 1998 and ’99 seasons.
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