'That was rough': Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro relives 'weird' overtime game vs. Seahawks

Posted at 12:15 PM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 14:15:15-05

It was one of those games in which fans of both teams will remember where they were when it happened.

Oct. 23, 2016: A pair of NFC West division rivals, the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, fought to a 6-6 draw in front of a raucous University of Phoenix Stadium crowd. 

The game ended in a tie thanks to a pair of missed field goals from normally reliable kickers.

With less than four minutes left in overtime, Cards kicker Chandler Catanzaro clanked a would-be game-winning 24-yard field goal off the left upright, leaving the door open for the Seahawks to steal one in Glendale.

But in the game's final seconds, veteran Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka experienced some misery of his own, as he missed from 28 yards out to secure the lowest-scoring overtime draw in NFL history.

"That was rough. That was a weird night," Catanzaro told ABC15's Craig Fouhy during Monday's "Cardinals Countdown" Facebook Live event. 

The third-year pro accounted for all six of Arizona's points that night -- a 46-yard field goal late in the second quarter and a 45-yarder earlier in the overtime period to give the Cards the lead.

Those kicks came after Catanzaro had his first attempt of the night blocked by Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner.

"I don't think there was much I could do about that one," Catanzaro said. "I banged the next two through, and it just so happened that the last one didn't go in.

"It's tough, but I guess that's just the life of a kicker. You've got to put it behind you because you know the team's going to need you at a later stage."

While Catanzaro might have felt some relief after seeing Hauschka miss a chip-shot of his own in the final seconds, it didn't outweigh his frustration after failing to win the game for his team just a few minutes earlier.

"As a kicker, I know what it feels like to miss, and I never root for another kicker to miss," he said. "I was not expecting him to miss that. I was just really thinking about how I missed my opportunity.

"When he missed, my emotions -- I was just shocked, I guess. It was a little better than a loss, but obviously we wanted the win there and I wanted to put that one through the two yellow pipes for the teammates.

"That was a tough deal. Definitely a missed opportunity for me."

Overall, Catanzaro has had a stellar season. He has converted 14 of his 17 field-goal attempts this season, including both attempts from over 50 yards. He connected on a 60-yarder, the longest of his career, in Buffalo two months ago.

And the 25-year-old from Clemson cashed in on a chance for redemption in the Cards' very next home game, as he nailed a 34-yard kick as time expired to give Arizona a 23-20 win over the 49ers.

"It was kind of a blur, but I just kind of tried to put it behind me as fast as I could," Catanzaro said about the Seahawks game.

"It was a tough week, but I didn't really realize that the next game-winner would come so soon, against San Fran. I'm happy that one went through."