York High grad Bruce Arians livid after rare NFL tie
- The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks battled to a 6-6 overtime tie on Sunday night.
- York High graduate Bruce Arians, the Cards' head coach, was not happy with the officiating.
- Both teams missed chip-shot field goals in overtime that would have won the game.
York High graduate Bruce Arians was not a happy man Sunday night.
Arians' Arizona Cardinals dominated the game and missed numerous opportunities for a key victory, but had to settle for a disappointing 6-6 overtime tie with NFC West rival Seattle.
Arians' mood wasn't helped by the fact that he felt the Seahawks illegally blocked a first-half Arizona field-goal attempt that could have been the difference in the game.
It was the first tie in the Seahawks' history. The Cardinals hadn't had one since 1986, two years before they moved to Arizona.
Both teams' kickers missed chip shots that would have won Sunday night's game in overtime, Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro from 24 yards, then Seattle's Steven Hauschka from 27 yards.
It was the first tie in the NFL since Cincinnati and Carolina finished 37-37 in 2014 and the first tie without a touchdown scored since 1976.
The Cardinals still haven't beaten Seattle in Arizona in Arians' four seasons in the desert.
Seattle's Bobby Wagner pulled off an amazingly athletic play when he blocked Catanzaro's 39-yard field goal try in the first half. Wagner hurdled the Arizona long snapper Aaron Brewer to get to the kicker.
Arians, however, was livid about the lack of a penalty on the play because he thinks Wagner touched Brewer, which would be illegal.
"It sure looked like it to me," Arians said, "but it was not ruled that way, same way. I'm sure I'll talk to the league and we'll get some kind of explanation that is (baloney) like normal."
The Cardinals dominated the game statistically but couldn't capitalize.
They outgained the Seahawks 443-257, had 23 first downs to Seattle's 11 and won time of possession 46:21 to 28:39.
In addition to the missed field goal, the Cardinals went for it on fourth-and-1 in the first half and failed.
"I wanted our guys to have the chance to do something, and we didn't get it done," Arians said. "We didn't block the right side of the line. I've been known to go for it quite a few times."
In the final seconds of the first half, the Cardinals moved within field goal distance, but the clock ran out after Palmer was sacked. Arizona would have had a timeout had Arians not been charged with one when he challenged Wagner's block, which was not reviewable.
Arians said he had simple advice for Catanzaro about his missed overtime field goal.
"Make it. He's a professional," Arians said. "This ain't high school. You get paid to make it."