Watch a showdown between the top two NFC West teams live online Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks fly into Arizona to face the 13-2 Cardinals who will be looking to finish off the best season in franchise history by possibly taking the overall top seed in the NFC playoffs as they aim for only their second Super Bowl appearance, the Cardinals first since 2008. Of course, that year, Arizona took a 9-7 regular season record into the playoffs.
This year, if they can get past Seattle for a second time in the 2015-2016 season, the Cardinals will end up with a stellar 14-2 record. And if that happens — and the Carolina Panthers suffer an upset at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Arizona grabs the coveted top seed, guaranteeing home games in both the divisional and conference championship rounds.
The Seahawks, on the other hand, would boost their seeding to fifth in the six-team NFC field by beating Arizona — but only if the Minnesota Vikings lose to the Green Bay Packers in the Sunday Night game, the final game of the NFL season before postseason play begins with Wild Card Weekend January 9 and 10.
Of course there isn’t much difference between the sixth and fifth seeds in terms of home field, unless due to what would need to be a series of upsets, the two teams met in the second of third playoff rounds. In that case, fifth seed would carry home field advantage. Otherwise, Seattle will find itself on the road in all three possible playoff games win or lose on Sunday.
The big difference, however, would be that with the fifth seed, Seattle would face the Washington Redskins in the Wild Card round, rather than the Green Bay Packers.
Watch a preview of the Seattle-Arizona game, by CBS Sports NFL analysts Pete Prisco and Pat Kiran, in the video below.
To find out how to watch the NFL season-ending Week 17 Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals game live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. local time at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Sunday, January 3. That’s 4:25 p.m. Eastern Time, 1:25 p.m. Pacific.
The Seattle-Arizona game will be streaming in regions across the country. The areas shaded in pink on the following map, courtesy of 506 Sports, will be able to watch the Seahawks take on the Cardinals live online.
Despite the fact that both teams have a pretty good idea of their postseason positioning, both Seattle Coach Pete Carroll and Arizona Coach Brice Arians say that they plan to play the game all-out, without resting any regular starters or holding back on play calling, in case the two teams meet again in the playoffs.
“We’re going to go play ball,” Carroll said on Friday. “We’re playing ball to win.”
Arians stated the same position as Carroll, earlier last week.
”I don’t think you get anything out of resting guys, especially playing a team that’s in our division and we haven’t beaten them at home in a couple of years,” the Cardinals coach echoed. ”We don’t want to start a precedent now.”
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Arizona comes into the season-ender on a nine game winning streak, including a 39-32 topping of the Seahawks in Seattle back in Week 10. The Seahawks came back strong after starting the 2015 season at a disappointing 2-4, but they proceeded to win seven of their next eight — the Week 10 loss to Arizona being the only interruption.
But Seattle suffered a surprising 23-17 upset at home to the St. Louis Rams last week, so the Seahawks will also be hoping to regain their momentum ahead of the postseason.
Las Vegas oddsmakers have installed Arizona as a seven-point betting favorite in Sunday’s game.
Watch the Seattle Seahawks Vs. Arizona Cardinals NFC battle for playoff position live online from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, by going to Fox Sports Go at this link, or by downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on tablet computers. NFL games on Fox Sports Go are not available to watch on smartphones, due to contractual agreements. But Fox Sports Go also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV device, allowing fans to watch the Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals game in the on their TV sets.
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