Cardinals top Seahawks 23-20 in overtime

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With their faint playoff hopes dashed a week ago, the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks played their season finale with little on the line.

It was a chance for one team to get back to .500, and considering that each club had stumbled to a 2-6 start, an 8-8 finish was at least a nice parting gift.

In a game with more than a few spirited moments, the Cardinals earned a 23-20 victory in overtime at University of Phoenix Stadium to even their record, avoid a series sweep and finish in second place behind the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West.

Jay Feely's fourth field goal of the day, a 28-yarder, gave the Cardinals their fourth overtime win this season, setting a single-season NFL record for most OT victories by a team.

The field goal was set up by four completions from quarterback John Skelton, including three of them to Larry Fitzgerald, who finished with nine receptions for 149 yards.

Skelton, starting again for concussed quarterback Kevin Kolb, completed 22 of 40 passes for 271 yards and one touchdown. He was intercepted once.

The Seahawks trailed 20-10 early in the fourth quarter after Feely made his third field goal. Seattle was forced to punt but got the ball back when Richard Sherman intercepted a Skelton pass and nearly returned it for a touchdown.

After being held to a field goal and then forcing Arizona to punt, the Seahawks didn't waste any time trying to tie the score. On first-and-10 from his own 39, Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson dropped back and threw deep down the left sideline. Ricardo Lockette race underneath the ball and, after a quick bobble, hauled it in for a 61-yard touchdown.

Jackson completed 21 of 35 passes for 222 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch finished with 86 yards on 19 carries but was kept out of the end zone.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, snapped their string 14 straight games without a first-quarter touchdown. For the first time since a Week 2 loss at Seattle, Arizona solved that mystery by driving 81 yards on nine plays to take a 7-0 lead, capped by Chester Taylor's 1-yard dive.

Two big plays helped set up the score -- a nifty 39-yard run by LaRod Stephens-Howling and a 22-yard catch-and-run by tight end Todd Heap. On that play, Heap moved into 13th place, just behind Mike Ditka, on the all-time receiving list for tight ends.

After the teams traded field goals, the Seahawks tied it at 10 in the third quarter on a 48-yard touchdown run by Leon Washington. But the Cardinals responded right away, with Skelton completing six passes during an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped by Heap's first touchdown of the season, a 13-yard pass from Skelton.

Seattle had a chance to make it 17-13 at the end of the third quarter, but Steven Hauschka's 24-yard field goal was blocked by the Cardinals' Patrick Peterson. It was the fifth blocked field goal by the Cardinals this season and the second by Peterson.

Earlier in the game, Peterson set an NFL single-season record for the most punt-return yards by a rookie. His 42-yarder in the second quarter, which he nearly broke for a record fifth touchdown, gave him 695 return yards to eclipse Louis Lipps' record of 656 in 1984.

The Cardinals were playing without a handful of starters, including running back Beanie Wells, who has been dealing with a right knee injury for much of the season.