I can just imagine the twinkle in the NFL schedule maker's eye as he penciled two of the league's best teams—these birds went a combined 69-27 over the prior three seasons—against each other in primetime. Not to mention the eagerness with which commissioner Roger Goodell must have been looking forward to the matchup now that fans are fed up with arbitrary punishment rulings and a declining product that enables domestic violence, and now that those are frustrations being reflected in the league's ratings.
While the game was as close as it can get, there was nothing—nothing—positive about Sunday night's Seahawks–Cardinals game. The teams rejected the Alshon Jeffery school of offense and avoided the end zone at all cost, instead combining for four field goals through five quarters.
Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro had a chance to give at least the Arizona fans of the world a reason to celebrate the slog they were subjected to, lining up for a short 24-yard field goal with three and a half minutes remaining in the aptly named sudden death overtime.
Win it he did not.
Sending Twitter into a tailspin.
NFL Twitter: pic.twitter.com/mmPae8jmcV
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 24, 2016
RIP football, 10/23/16
— Lana Berry (@Lana) October 24, 2016
WHO THE HELL KEEPS HITTING THE BUFFALO WILD WINGS BUTTON
— Tony X. (@soIoucity) October 24, 2016
And the misery wasn't over.
The Seahawks responded with a potential game-winning drive of their own—and a missed easy field goal of their own with seven seconds remaining.
Even the league couldn't wrap their minds around it.
— NFL (@NFL) October 24, 2016
All of these football players need to go to their rooms and think about what they just put America through.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) October 24, 2016
Kickers feeling like…. pic.twitter.com/xD436woIJG
— Anthony Biase (@AnthonyBiase) October 24, 2016
The contest ended in a 6-6 tie—appropriate because no one deserved to win this one.