The Cardinals and Seahawks refused to die Sunday night. The flip side, unfortunately for everyone who just spent four hours in front of their TVs not watching "Westworld" on Sunday, is that both teams also refused to win a game that deserved to end way sooner.
On "Sunday Night Football," the Seahawks and Cardinals engaged in a game some -- the insane ones -- would describe as a defensive struggle. Others -- the sane ones -- would call it a horrible display of offensive football with some equally awful special teams thrown in as an added bonus.
Case in point: how overtime ended.
With the score knotted up at 6-6 (it was that kind of game) after both teams exchanged field goals at the start of overtime, the Cardinals mounted what appeared to be a game-winning drive. And then, the mistakes began piling up.
Carson Palmer hit arguably the fastest player on the field, receiver J.J. Nelson, on a 40-yard pass, but Nelson was tackled by his shoestring at the 5-yard line. How did Nelson come up short of the end zone?
His first carry resulted in what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown, but the officials ruled that Johnson stepped out of bounds at the 1-yard line before he knocked over the pylon. It was oh so close:
Second, Earl somehow gets to DJ after lining up on other side of C at the snap pic.twitter.com/nJx0Yey7tg— Cian Fahey (@Cianaf) October 24, 2016
On his second carry, Johnson got stuffed by the Seahawks. So, Arians brought out his field-goal unit. Except, before they snapped the football for the chip shot, they were flagged for delay of game. Still, at 24 yards, the kick was a gimme, right?
Let's check in with Arians:
bruce arians and pete carroll's reactions to the missed field goal pic.twitter.com/BEDcPQPyue— spooky hombre 👹 (@whoisjoserivera) October 24, 2016
The Seahawks responded by marching down the field in a hurry. They made it as far as the 10-yard line when Pete Carroll decided enough was enough. He wanted to the end game.
So, he sent out Stephen -- not Steven -- Hauschka for the game-winning field goal. At 28 yards, this one had to go in, right?
I'll let you guess how that kick went.
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When you order based on the menu picture and the waiter arrives with some trash pic.twitter.com/qfqKc6nJRb— Astead Wesley (@AsteadWH) October 24, 2016
The game ended in a 6-6 tie, which is the lowest-scoring overtime game in the history of the NFL, per the league's research department. According to ESPN, it's the first tie without a touchdown since 1972. So, we just witnessed history. There's that at least.
Did you have fun watching?
This is the best day of my life.— NFL Tie Games (@nfltiegames) October 24, 2016
Here's your graph, everyone. I'm going to go give myself an amateur lobotomy. pic.twitter.com/0kItmprch4— numberFire (@numberFire) October 24, 2016
The probability chart looks like what a seismologist in a disaster movie sees before yelling "everyone get out now!" https://t.co/rT37zhwPf3— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) October 24, 2016
The NFL:— Alex Kirby (@AlexJKirby) October 24, 2016
"If you liked this game, wait until Titans-Jags on Thursday!"
See y'all Thursday.