Kickers boot a classic between Seahawks and Cardinals

Pete Carroll was frozen in stunned disbelief.

Russell Wilson let out a primal scream in anger.

Patrick Peterson raised his arms in glee.

Richard Sherman said nothing on the bench.

The Seahawks and Cardinals finished off the lowest-scoring tie in NFL history Sunday night in the Arizona desert, a 6-6 old-school beauty stained by a couple of guys who are barely football players.

It turns out that kickers aren’t people too.

Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro is beside himself after his game-winning field goal attempt hit the crossbar in overtime.

Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro is beside himself after his game-winning field goal attempt hit the crossbar in overtime.

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Arizona’s Chandler Catanzaro and Seattle’s Steven Hauschka traded overtime blunders with a pair of chip-shot misses to cap a wild, low-scoring thriller sure to tick off the fantasy football crowd. It was incredible theatre with a soul-crushing conclusion for two of the best teams in the NFC.

When it was over, Arizona head coach Bruce Arians ripped the NFL for a pair of questionable no-calls on Bobby Wagner’s leaps over the snapper on a blocked field goal in the first half and Catanzaro’s 24-yarder that clanged off the left upright with 3:19 left in overtime.

Wagner’s leg clearly grazed the snapper’s back on Cantazaro’s 39-yard attempt early in the second quarter, prompting NFL officials czar Dean Blandino to tweet that “you have to land on the player for it to be a foul. The block was legal.” Wagner might have touched the snapper on Catanzaro’s potential game-winner too.

“He touched him,” said Arians, whose team is 3-1-1. “You saw it. Did you see it? Didn’t he touch him? Yeah, he sure did. It sure looked like it to me, but it was not ruled that way. Same with the last one. He definitely touched him. I’m sure I’ll talk to the league and we’ll get some kind of explanation that is bulls–t, like normal.”

Bulls–t explanations from the league are a Monday morning staple, but Arians is smart enough to know that his guy blew it. “Make it,” Arians said of his message to his idiot kicker. “He’s a professional. This isn’t high school, baby. You get paid to make it.”

Seahawks kicker Stephen Hauschka misses wide left in overtime.

Seahawks kicker Stephen Hauschka misses wide left in overtime.

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So does Hauschka, who shanked his 29-yard attempt like an out-of-shape accountant pulled from the stands at halftime to ensure that nobody went home a winner. A disgraced Catanzaro could only mouth, “No, he didn’t,” after Hauscha yanked the ball halfway to Phoenix.

Oh, yes he did.

The two least athletic guys on the field screwed everyone on both sides. Catanzaro’s gaffe wasted a lunch-pail performance by David Johnson, who racked up 171 total yards on a career-high 41 touches.

Both kickers wasted brilliant defensive efforts by their respective clubs.

The Seahawks (4-1-1) kept the Cardinals out of the end zone despite being on the field for an unfathomable 46 minutes, 21 seconds in the first tie in franchise history.

Bobby Wagner (l.) leapt over the Cardinals line twice on field goal attempts, much to Bruce Arians’ dismay.

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The Cardinals held Russell Wilson & Co. to 130 yards and five first downs in regulation and didn’t allow Seattle’s offense to cross midfield through four quarters. The Seahawks’ only offensive snaps in Arizona territory in regulation came after a blocked punt late in the fourth quarter on that side of the field.

Wilson obviously still isn’t healthy after suffering a high ankle sprain and MCL sprain earlier in the season. He carved up the Jets earlier this season, but faced a much more formidable opponent this time. The dual-threat signal caller rushed one time for minus-two yards. He was under duress for much of the night behind a porous offensive line that lost its left tackle to complicate matters. By the end, an undrafted rookie protecting Wilson’s blind side.

“He played his heart out,” Carroll said. “I don’t know how much harder you can ask a guy to play.”

For a game that featured more punts (16) than points (12), it was an instant classic, fantasy football world be damned.

The rematch is Christmas Eve. Take the over.

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