Silver linings: Seahawks at Cardinals

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: The Seahawks finished the 2008 season with a 4-12 record after their 34-21 defeat at Arizona in Week 17.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • Deion Branch again showed what he can do when healthy. He caught six passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Branch scored four touchdowns over the final four games of the season.

  • Though intercepted twice, Seneca Wallace made plays with his feet. He also made accurate deep throws even when pressured.

  • Josh Wilson had a 30.4-yard average on five kickoff returns.

  • The Seahawks had three drives of at least 12 plays, allowing them to build a nearly five-minute advantage in time of possession.

  • Darryl Tapp and Brandon Mebane combined for three hits on Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. Tapp also forced a fumble.

  • Seattle scored touchdowns on both red zone possessions.

  • The Seahawks' short yardage offense was generally effective, converting twice on third-and-1, once on fourth-and-1 and once on fourth-and-2. Seattle also ran the ball for 4 yards on third-and-3.

Looking ahead: The Seahawks hold the fourth overall choice in the 2009 NFL draft.