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


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


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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