DAN BURCH STATS Writer One week ago, both the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals thought their season-ending matchup might be for an NFC wild-card spot.
Instead, after close losses, the teams are both out of the running.
Second place in the NFC West will be on the line Sunday when Seattle visits Arizona in a matchup of teams that have rallied after poor starts to the season.
The Seahawks (7-8) started 2-6 before turning their season around with five wins in their next six games, but a 19-17 loss to San Francisco last week eliminated them from the playoff race. Seattle blew a fourth-quarter lead at home for the second time in the past month.
Despite the knowledge that a second consecutive playoff berth is no longer possible, coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks are preparing like any other week.
"I don't think we're changing anything in that regard. We're going to try to win the football game," said Carroll, who is 4-0 against the Cardinals as a head coach. "To look at s...