A second-half quarterback change and 10 points over the final 30 minutes of play weren’t enough for the visiting Arizona Cardinals to climb out of an early hole, as the Seattle Seahawks held on to knock off their division foe 22-10.
The win gives Seattle (4-2) sole possession of the NFC West lead after previously sharing it with Arizona (3-3).
Undrafted rookie free agent Max Hall started for the Cardinals, but was removed at the 10:57 mark of the third quarter thanks to a combination of poor play and a blow he took to his head. Prior to leaving the game, the Brigham Young product completed four of 16 pass attempts for 36 yards and an interception, good for a quarterback rating of 13.5.
Despite leading the Cardinals to their only points of the game, Hall’s replacement, Derek Anderson, didn’t fare much better, completing less than 43 percent of his passes for 89 yards.
While Arizona was held off the scoreboard till the second half, Seattle managed to secure points on its first possession. A 20-yard field goal by Olindo Mare with 7:33 remaining in the first quarter was the first of five the 15-year veteran would make in the game. The total tied the Seahawks’ franchise record for most in a game, originally set by Todd Peterson in 1999.
Seattle was able to keep Arizona at bay as the game progressed thanks to five Cardinals turnovers. Arizona’s third, an Andre Roberts muffed punt return at the Arizona 18-yard line, gave Seattle possession deep within the Cardinals’ territory.
Two plays later, Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck connected with wide receiver Mike Williams for a two-yard score. An Olindo Mare extra point gave the Seahawks a 10-0 lead with 5:50 to go in the first half.
Hasselbeck finished the day completing 20 of his 38 pass attempts for 192 yards and the score. He also added 11 yards on the ground.
The touchdown was one of 11 receptions for Williams. It was the second week the first-year Seahawk had 10 or more catches.
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