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January 13, 2014
How to beat Seahawks in Seattle? The Cardinals give advice

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The only team to beat the Seahawks at home in the last two seasons? That would be the Arizona Cardinals, who won, 17-10, at CenturyLink Field in Week 16. The 49ers played the Cardinals the following week, and we asked coach Bruce Arians and cornerback Patrick Peterson how they pulled off the upset.

* Arians: "I thought stopping the run was huge in that game. We wanted to win both lines of scrimmage, and I felt like our defensive line stopped them pretty good. And our third-down conversion rate was outstanding on defense, getting off the field."

* Peterson: "Honestly, just jump on 'em early. Seattle is a pretty good team and the things they like to do, they do it well. I believe if you shut down those things early, get 'em into a one-dimensional team, which is throwing the football, I think you have a pretty good opportunity to win it."

Indeed, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had a decent game in carrying the ball 18 times for 71 yards. But he didn't get into the end zone and he had 10 carries of 2 yards or fewer. Furthermore, quarterback Russell Wilson had a bad day (108 passing yards; 49.6 passer rating), and the Seahawks had seven three-and-out series. They were 2-13 (15 percent) on third downs. As Peterson said, the Cardinals got out to an early lead. But they certainly never had a big lead; their widest margin was seven points, which occurred when they scored a touchdown with 2:13 left.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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