A scuffle between Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and Seattle Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf eased Seattle into a touchdown in a grinding, ugly contest between the two teams on Thursday Night Football.
On 3rd-and-7 with 6:31 left in the third quarter, Seahawks receiver Trent Lockett picked up five yards on a reception but was stopped short of a first down by linebacker Isaiah Simmons.
As the teams reassembled for the next play, Metcalf and Kirkpatrick went helmet-to-helmet exchanging words, and though teammates attempted to separate them, the two batted at one another, drawing a flag on Arizona.
Kirkpatrick was given a taunting penalty, giving Seattle a first down and 15 yards, moving the Seahawks to the Arizona 17-yard line.
Seattle (7-3) quickly got 15 more yards on a Carlos Hyde carry before he found the end zone on the next snap in what was an eventual 28-21 loss.
The score pushed the Seahawks’ lead to 23-14 with 5:20 left in the third.
Arizona (6-4) responded, going 90 yards on 15 plays while surviving two penalties to score on a 3rd-and-goal play. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray found Chase Edmonds for a wide open touchdown reception from three years out, pulling the Cardinals within two points, 23-21, minutes into the final period.
But more penalties on Arizona’s offense led to a safety for a 25-21 Seahawks lead, and Seattle used that to burn most of the fourth quarter out before a final drive by the Cardinals stalled at with less than a minute left to seal the game.