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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks defeat Cardinals, 22-16

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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks defeat Cardinals, 22-16

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Russell Wilson has been confounding the Arizona Cardinals with his escape antics for a long time.

He did it again Thursday night in the biggest play of the Seattle Seahawks' 22-16 victory.

In what his coach Pete Carroll called "an extraordinary play," Wilson eluded the Cardinals with an array of jukes and spin moves before completing a 54-yard pass to Doug Baldwin, setting up his second touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham.

Seattle climbed within a half-game of the first-place Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West in a game marred by a host of injuries, including a season-ending one to Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman.

The Seahawks (6-3) limited Adrian Peterson to 29 yards in 21 carries, improving to 4-0-1 in Arizona in Bruce Arians' five seasons as coach of the Cardinals (4-5). The only time the Seahawks haven't beaten Arians' team in Arizona was in last season's 6-6 tie.

Seattle's Kam Chancellor forced a fumble by Peterson on Arizona's first offensive play and later tackled him in the end zone for a safety.

Sherman limped off the field in the third quarter, one of at least seven players who left the game with injuries. He said afterward he had ruptured an Achilles tendon. He had sat out practice all week nursing the sore Achilles, knowing it could go at any moment.

"It has been bothering me all season," Sherman said. "It is one of those things. You just have to play through it as long as you can and when it goes, it goes."

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner linked the injuries to playing on Thursday nights.

"We play a physical game, a physical sport," he said, "and to ask us to turn around and be ready after Sunday, to turn around and have our bodies OK on that Thursday, is really tough for us to do."

Wilson, sacked a season-high five times, completed 22 of 32 passes for 238 yards. Arizona's Drew Stanton, in his second start since Carson Palmer went down with a broken arm, completed 24 of 47 for 273 yards and a touchdown. Larry Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 113 yards for the Cardinals, topping 15,000 yards receiving for his career in the process.

With his team leading 15-10, Wilson scrambled and spun his way out of serious trouble repeatedly before throwing from his heels to Baldwin. Antoine Bethea fell down trying to knock the pass away and Baldwin raced downfield on a 54-yard play to the Arizona 2-yard line.

"I saw (outside linebacker) Chandler Jones right there and whenever you see him right there it is not a good thing," Wilson said. "So i was trying to find a way to get some space and get away from him I think I swung back twice and gave Doug a chance to make a play."

The Cardinals have seen Wilson do this sort of thing too many times.

"It's not a surprise, his ability to extend plays," defensive tackle Josh Mauro said, "that's really the catalyst of their whole offense.".

Arians called the play "probably the deciding factor in the game."

Wilson threw 2 yards to Graham on the next play and the Seahawks led 22-10 with 12:49 to play.

Kerwynn Williams scored on a one-yard run with 20 seconds to play for the Cardinals and Seattle recovered the onside kick try to seal the win.

INJURIES

There were injuries to important players on both sides.

Arizona left tackle D.J. Humphries and safety Tyvon Branch both left with right knee injuries early in the game. Humphries injured the same knee in the season opener. Branch was the Cardinals' leading tackler through eight games with 68.

Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed left in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. And Seattle left tackle Duane Brown, in his second game since being acquired in a trade from Houston, went down with an ankle injury in the second quarter.

Seattle linebacker Michael Wilhoite (calf) and Arizona tight end Ifeanyi Momah (ankle) also had to leave the contest.

The Seahawks already were without safety Earl Thomas, who sat out the game with a hamstring injury.

Arians said there's a possibility Humphries, Branch and Momah all go on injured reserve.

PENALTY FLOOD

Seattle entered the game as the most penalized team in the league with 82, nine more than its nearest competitor, the New York Jets and it looks like their lead in that category for another week is assured.

With their 12 penalties (for 108 yards) on Thursday, the Seahawks have 94 in nine games.

Four Seattle penalties for 41 yards aided the Cardinals on their first touchdown drive.

The Seahawks had 16 penalties for 138 yards in their home loss to Washington on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Seahawks: Host Atlanta on Monday, Nov. 20.

Cardinals: Play at Houston on Sunday, Nov. 19.

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INTERCONFERENCE: Wilson's heroics lead Seahawks to wild 41-38 win over Texans

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INTERCONFERENCE: Wilson's heroics lead Seahawks to wild 41-38 win over Texans

SEATTLE - No matter how much Deshaun Watson impersonated Russell Wilson on Sunday, the original ended up coming out on top.

Wilson hit Jimmy Graham for an 18-yard touchdown with 21 seconds left, his second TD catch of the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks rallied for a wild 41-38 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Down 38-34 with 1:39 left and out of timeouts, Wilson took Seattle 80 yards in barely a minute. He hit Paul Richardson for 48 yards on a jump ball to start the drive, found Tyler Lockett for 19 yards, and drilled a strike to Graham for the winner.

Wilson finished 26 of 41 for a career-high 452 yards and four TDs. He hit Richardson for two TDs and found Graham on a 1-yard TD pass with 5:41 left.

Watson was nearly the equal of Wilson, throwing for 402 yards and four touchdowns. But he couldn't come up with a final answer and was intercepted by Richard Sherman with 7 seconds left on a desperation throw.

It was a stunning performance by Watson against one of the best defenses in the NFL - and an even better final rally by Wilson. Watson threw touchdown passes of 59 and 20 yards to Will Fuller, 2 yards to Lamar Miller, and a wide receiver screen that DeAndre Hopkins took 72 yards for a score with 5:01 left to give Houston a 38-34 lead.

Watson is the first rookie to throw at least three touchdown passes in four consecutive games. His 16 touchdown passes in his past four games are the most by a rookie in any four-game span.

This season, Watson has 19 passing touchdowns, the most by a rookie in his first seven games of a season.

Wilson and the Seahawks had two chances late to rally. Wilson drove the Seahawks to the Houston 20 with 2:55 left, but Marcus Williams intercepted at the Houston 6, undercutting a pass intended for Richardson. Seattle forced Houston to punt and this time Wilson didn't make a mistake.

Wilson was the entirety of Seattle's offense. He accounted for 482 yards running and passing. Seattle had 3 yards rushing from someone other than Wilson. Earl Thomas also returned an interception 78 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Hopkins finished with eight receptions for 224 yards, while Fuller had five catches for 125 yards.

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Tom Brady: Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson among those calling for TB12 method

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Tom Brady: Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson among those calling for TB12 method

Tom Brady wants to spread the word. Health. Fitness. Sustaining peak performance, as his new book puts it. And if part of the crowd looking for help happens to include fellow NFL quarterbacks, he's OK with that.

On WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show with Mike Mutnansky and Andy Hart, Brady explained that players like Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson have called him for tips that would fall under the "TB12 method" umbrella. 

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"Aaron is seeing that in his play. Russell Wilson, he and I have talked," Brady said. "You see those guys playing better. I think that is a great thing. I think that will make for a better game. If you see a lot of players with more mental experience continue to maximize their length of time in their careers, it will make for a better game as well."

Brady added: “They call me. A lot of teammates, obviously. Players from other teams, athletes in other sports. I think when you’re a 40-year-old athlete, I think they look to you like any veteran player. You always want to help the younger players and that isn’t always on the field, it’s off the field as well. I have had a lot of experience on the field. A lot of people ask me about that, but certainly off the field as well with the choices I make and and the decisions I make that allow me to do something I love to do. I think that is what it comes down to. I love to do it and it never feels like work."

Rob Gronkowski has been one of Brady's teammates who has been interested in some of those off-the-field decisions, and Brady said that he feels as though soon enough more players than not will be looking to train and eat the same way.

"I really think what I do is going to be the norm in the not-too-distant future," Brady explained. "I am really trying to give athletes information. You’ll be able to ask questions and prove the things I have been doing. I think that is a big goal of mine -- take all the lessons I have learned from people I have learned from watching over the years and just start there. You can see a lot of improvements in your own life and in the lives of people that you know and your kids lives. For me to hear other quarterbacks make those types of changes, they are looking for the same things I was looking for. A lot of athletes before me, they didn’t have the right information. I really see this as a new way of life for athletes."

"So many injures that I see and so many guys that retire, a lot of it ends up being the same thing. They haven’t had the right information. Some maybe don’t have the discipline, which discipline is to me is a very learned trait, as well. If you have the discipline and work hard at the right things — you really want to see your investment pay off. The investment and time and energy that you are doing the right thing, you want to see that pay off in terms of improved performance."

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