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Arizona DOT trolls Seahawks’ Super Bowl 49 choke, forgets Cardinals haven’t won one

Russell Wilson making his debut the only time he lost a road game to the Cardinals, but that isn’t stopping Arizona’s wittiest agency from talking trash.

Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium is where the Seahawks blew Super Bowl 49 against the New England Patriots when Wilson threw a late interception. The Arizona Department of Transportation doesn’t want the Seahawks to forget as Seattle and Arizona prepare to play Thursday at 5:25 p.m.

The agency used an electric overhead Interstate sign to point out the Seahawks’ most painful memory: “Careful passing results in successful drives.”

And just in case the message wasn’t clear they posted a picture of the sign on Facebook with a message to motorists making their way to the game: “On your drive, be sure to make good decisions and pass carefully. You don't want another car, like a Jeep Patriot, for example, to cut you off and end your drive right before you reach your destination.”

Seahawks fans took to social media to defend their team. One, @hwkbgr, tweeted: “I'm not quite sure how to trash talk Arizona Department of Transportation twitter....I hope your road construction projects cause excessive delays I guess.”

Even Sound Transit got in on the action, tweeting about Arizona’s last-minute loss to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl 43: “Yes, it would be a shame be caught flat footed while someone Steelers your thunder with 35 seconds left to reach your destination and miss the @Seahawks showdown. When was the last #AZCardinal Super Bowl victory, anyway? #GoHawks”

The Arizona DOT has developed a reputation for creative road signs. It’s greatest hits include, “Trust the Force but always buckle up,” “Drinking & driving go together like peas & guac” and “Mash potatoes not your head. Buckle up.”

The agency had poll to pick its best sign of 2016. The Adele-inspired winner: “Hello from the other side, buckle up & stay alive.”