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Report Card: Top Performers in Seahawks 38-30 Upset vs. Cardinals

Rashaad Penny ran wild, Tyler Lockett continued his dominance in the desert, and several defensive players came up with critical plays at critical times to help Seattle hold off Arizona for a season-ending road upset. Reporter Corbin Smith shares his top five grades and other notable performances from State Farm Stadium.

Capping off a challenging campaign in the winner's circle, the Seahawks took the fight to the Cardinals on the road and held off several rallies by their division rivals to secure a 38-30 victory in their season finale.

Eclipsing 30 points for the fourth time in six games and coming up with key defensive stops when the team needed them, several players starred in Seattle's upset special at State Farm Stadium. In my final report card for the 2021 season, here's a look at my top five grades and other notable performances from Week 18.

Rashaad Penny
Tyler Lockett
Poona Ford
Carlos Dunlap
Josh Jones

Other Notable Performances

Closing out his 14th season with another quality outing, tackle Duane Brown allowed just one pressure on 29 pass blocking reps and enjoyed one of his best games as a run blocker, earning an 84.0 grade. Several other linemen earned high marks as well, including right guard Phil Haynes (81.0) and right tackle Jake Curhan (80.0), who allowed a combined three pressures in pass protection and mauled in the run game. If not for two dreadful turnovers that resulted in 14 points for Arizona, Wilson likely would have earned a top-five grade after throwing three touchdowns and running for a fourth in a vintage performance. Instead, he finished with a respectable 78.0 mark. Tight end Colby Parkinson missed a prime opportunity to catch his first career touchdown, but made amends to an extent by making a first down grab on the next play and doing an adequate job as a run blocker for a 74.0 grade. Dropping a gimme touchdown from Wilson in the second quarter, Gerald Everett received one of his lowest marks of the year with a 63.0 grade.

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In the secondary, both D.J. Reed (85.0) and Sidney Jones (83.5) narrowly missed out on top five scores, holding their own in coverage against Arizona's receivers. Reed allowed just two catches for two yards on four targets, while Jones gave up three receptions for 15 yards and registered a pass breakup. Before exiting with an injury, Quandre Diggs was in the midst of another good game in coverage, though a missed tackle on a touchdown catch by Conner lowered his overall grade to 78.0. Jordyn Brooks deserves kudos for amassing a team-record 20 tackles against Arizona, but he did miss a trio of tackles and allowed 11 receptions in coverage, receiving a 72.0 grade. Alongside him, Cody Barton finished with 11 tackles but also missed a pair of tackles and surrendered 81 yards in coverage, receiving a 70.0 grade overall. Up front, Darrell Taylor generated four pressures rushing Murray, but two missed tackles hurt his overall grade (74.0), while Kerry Hyder earned a 77.0 after notching a sack and two pressures.