Cardinals Escape Seattle With 26-20 Win in Battle of the Birds

The Cardinals looked like they were going to run away with it early, but the Seahawks came back and made a game of it late. Just another day at the office for Kurt Warner, as he threw for almost 400 yards passing and a touchdown, while going a stellar 32 for 44.

However, he could not make the necessary plays down the stretch to close out the Hawks, and had to rely on the defense to get the job down. Matt Hasselbeck made his return to the starting lineup after being out with various injuries, and although he looked rusty for the most part, he made some nice plays for the offense.

Standouts for the Cardinals included both of their star wideouts (Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin), who each had over 10 receptions and over 150 yards, but no touchdowns. Kicker Neil Rackers had a nice game, going 4/4 including a 54 yarder to close out the first half, and rookie corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had two picks including the one to ice the game in the fourth quarter. For the Seahawks, much-traveled running back T.J. Duckett rushed for two touchdowns.

The first half was dominated by the Cardinals as they scored 13 points on their first three drives before Warner threw an interception, which the Seahawks turned into 7 points courtesy of a Maurice Morris touchdown reception.

The Cardinals looked like they were going to have an easy go of it when they turned a Julius Jones fumble into three points, and then drove 82 yards and scored on a J.J. Arrington 6 yard touchdown reception to take a commanding 26-7 lead. The Seahawks decided to make a game of it in the fourth quarter, though, and they scored 14 unanswered points to make it a six point game with just under ten minutes left in the game.

Both touchdowns were short runs by power back T.J. Duckett, and were the result of two Cardinals’ turnovers, which put the Seahawks in the redzone both times. Unfortunately Hasselbeck was unable to drive his team down the field for the winning score, and with under two minutes to go he threw an interception which sealed it for ‘Zona.

With this win, the Cards have pretty much clinched the NFC West, and it would take something real special for them to somehow not wind up making the postseason. They now have two tough games coming up against NFC East opponents, as they will host the defending champs, and then travel to Phili’ to play the Eagles.

However, after that they should have plenty of chances to wrap up the division, that is assuming that their fellow division rivals don’t lose it away to them. Meanwhile, the Seahawks will just play out their remaining schedule and hope for next year. This clearly is not how Mike Holmgren visualized his last season playing out, and you have to wonder if this is going to cause him to come back at some point to try to cement his legacy somewhere else.

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