- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
The defeat improved Seattle's draft status by 4-6 spots. The Seahawks will pick 11th or 12th in the order pending a coin flip with the Kansas City Chiefs. Those extra spots could make the difference in landing a quarterback to develop.
Rookie receiver Ricardo Lockette followed his 44-yard reception against San Francisco in Week 16 with a juggling 61-yard scoring reception against the Cardinals. Lockette now has two catches for 105 yards through his first two NFL games.
Seattle made all-world receiver Larry Fitzgerald work for most of what he got. Fitzgerald turned in a heroic performance, dominating in the second half. But he did not dominate physically the way he did in years past when the Seahawks lacked size in their secondary. Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman and the team's safeties roughed up Fitzgerald, leaving him with a bruised lung.
Sherman picked off a pass deep in Cardinals territory, his fourth pick in the team's final 10 games.
Leon Washington's 48-yard touchdown run tied the game after Seattle fell behind early. Washington also had a 47-yard kickoff return and a 17-yard punt return.
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 86 yards, moving past 1,200 for the season despite missing one game. Seattle finished with 178 yards on 34 carries. The Seahawks averaged 134 yards rushing per game over their final nine games, up from 77.7 over the first seven and 89.0 last season.
Receiver Golden Tate caught five passes without a drop. He had zero drops all season.
Defensive tackle Alan Branch had a sack against his former team.
Looking ahead: The Seahawks head toward the draft with the 11th or 12th overall choice.
The facts: The Seattle Seahawks finished the season with a 7-9 record following a 23-20 overtime defeat to the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.