Seattle, once again, ran into a sleeping giant.
After a lackluster performance for all but the final minute and nine seconds of the first half, Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner woke up and flung for 81 yards on a drive capped off by a 27-yard Neil Rackers field goal to get the Cardinals (6-3) within a touchdown at the half at 17-10.
The halftime intermission didn’t do any favors for Seattle (3-6), as not only did Warner continue to pick apart the Seahawk defense, but so did the Cardinals’ running attack.
Rookie Chris “Beanie” Wells scored on scampers of 10 and 13 yards in the second half en route to an 85-yard rushing day.
Its offense wasn’t the only thing going right for the Cardinals.
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was sacked four times, three of which happened in the first half. He was also picked off twice, both coming in the fourth quarter.
The lone bright spots for the Seahawks came from TJ Houshmandzadeh and one of the team’s backups.
Houshmandzadeh showed why he was brought to Seattle, hauling in nine balls from Hasselbeck for 165 yards.
The second-year-back out of Cal, known mainly for his kick return abilities, came into the game as the team’s featured running back after starter Julius Jones left the game during the first series of the game with an injury. At the time of publishing this story, the severity of Jones’ injury is not known.
Once in the game, Forsett made the Seahawks forget that they’ll most likely want to draft a running back this April by eating up 149 total yards and a touchdown on just 22 touches, 123 of those yards and the score coming from the ground.
Seattle next heads to Minnesota to take on Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson and the Vikings. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm Eastern.