Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (15) falls into the end zone for a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals free safety Rashad Johnson (26) and cornerback Justin Bethel (28) defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
In the end, the record books will show the Arizona Cardinals lost their regular-season finale against Seattle, 36-6.
But should those same record books also show a Cardinals Super Bowl appearance, or better yet, a Super Bowl win, then a Week 17 defeat to a division rival will mean very little.
Still, losing at home and losing to the Seahawks, of all teams, in the manner in which they did is not how the Cardinals wanted to enter the postseason.
They never did look in sync.
The Cardinals (13-3) fell behind 10-0 after the first quarter and trailed 30-6 at halftime before ultimately suffering their worst loss of the season, which ended the second-longest winning streak in franchise history at nine games.
Carson Palmer was 12-of-29 for a season-low…