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                      === Seahawks rout Cardinals 58-0 ===
 
 Seattle,  WA  (Sports Network) -  Seattle didn't even  need its offense to win
 this game as the Seahawks dominated the Arizona Cardinals, 58-0.
 
 Seattle's  defense had  four interceptions in the game, including one returned
 for  a touchdown and recovered four fumbles, two of which came on muffed punts
 and one of those was returned for a touchdown.
 
 "The turnovers were the story. You got to do well when you get eight," said
 Seattle coach Pete Carroll.
 
 However,  the team  also got a huge  day from Marshawn Lynch as he carried the
 ball  11 times for  128 yards and three touchdowns in the most lopsided win in
 team history. He now has 1,266 yards on the season, a new career-high.
 
 Russell  Wilson didn't need  to do too much as the defense and Lynch took care
 of  most of the game, but he did throw a touchdown on 7-of-13 attempts for 148
 yards  with an interception for the Seahawks (8-5), who kept pace in the chase
 for  the NFC  West as  the  team remains  1  1/2-games behind  the 49ers,  who
 defeated Miami on Sunday.
 
 Seattle set a franchise record in points for a single game and largest shutout
 win.
 
 The  quarterback  carousel for Arizona didn't  get any better as John Skelton,
 who  was named  the starter for a  third different time this season earlier in
 the week, was picked off four times and also lost a fumble. He managed just 74
 yards  on 11-of-22 attempts before getting pulled for rookie Ryan Lindley, who
 was benched after last week's poor performance against the Jets.
 
 Since  starting  the season with four  straight wins, the Cardinals (4-9) have
 been in a free-fall as they now have lost an NFL-leading nine straight games.
 
 "Let  me  start apologizing  to our  fans. It  was embarrassing," said Arizona
 head coach Ken Whisenhunt. "We have to get better. No excuses. We have to play
 better, we have to do better. Where we are is having lost a lot in a row."
 
 Arizona  started the game with the ball and got across midfield, but a pass to
 Larry Fitzgerald was ripped  out of the receiver's hands before he was able to
 control the ball and Bobby Wagner took it down to the Arizona 14.
 
 The  Cardinals'  defense held firm, though,  and Seattle had to turn to Steven
 Hauschka  for  a 31-yard field  goal and a  3-0 lead with  9:59 to play in the
 first quarter.
 
 After  holding  the Cardinals,  the  Seahawks  started  at  their own  15  and
 converted   a  3rd-and-11  on  a  17-yard  catch  by  Sidney  Rice.  The  team
 methodically  marched  down the  field and  from the Arizona  20, Lynch took a
 handoff around the left end for a 10-0 lead with 2:04 to play in the first.
 
 A  three-and-out  from Arizona saw Seattle  get it back  at its own 27 and the
 second  play  saw Wilson  and Anthony McCoy  get together for  67 yards on the
 final  play  of the first quarter.  The next snap  saw Lynch bull in from four
 yards out for a 17-0 lead.
 
 Skelton fumbled on a sack on Arizona's next possession, but Seattle was unable
 to take advantage and had to punt.
 
 Following  a false start  call on the Cardinals, Skelton flung a pass down the
 right  sideline, but Richard  Sherman stepped in front of the ball and took it
 19 yards for a 24-0 lead.
 
 After  another punt  from the Cardinals, the Seahawks had to punt, but Patrick
 Peterson muffed the kick. Seattle tried to fall on the ball and it popped into
 the  air. Fortunately it went right into the hands of Malcolm Smith in the end
 zone for a 31-0 game.
 
 Arizona  again punted, but Wilson was picked off and Arizona found itself with
 the  ball just  past  midfield.  Skelton, though  was  again intercepted,  but
 Seattle had to punt.
 
 However,  for the  second time, Peterson muffed the ball and Seattle recovered
 at  the Arizona 24.  Two plays later, Wilson found Zach Miller over the middle
 on a 24-yard score as the Seahawks took a 38-0 lead into the break.
 
 Lynch  scored  on a  33-yard run less  than four minutes  into the second half
 while Hauschka added field goals of 28 and 32 yards later in the third.
 
 Leon  Washington's 3-yard  touchdown run with 2:32 to play put the emphasis on
 the rout.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Seattle  set a franchise record in the first half in points (38) and turnovers
 (6) in one half ... Seattle's previous largest shutout was a 45-0 win over the
 Chiefs  in 1984  while its game-high in  points had been 56 against Buffalo on
 Oct.  30, 1977 ... Arizona, which hosts Detroit next week, has failed to score
 more  than 19  points in a game  during its losing streak ... Seattle plays at
 Buffalo  next  Sunday ...  Arizona had  won the  previous two contests against
 Seattle  ... The Seahawks  totaled 493 yards in the game, including 284 on the
 ground, while Arizona managed just 154 yards.
 
 
 
 12/09 21:12:28 ET