For much of the first half, it was typical Larry Fitzgerald tormenting the Seattle secondary.
And then he was gone. Poof. Seemingly given the role of decoy rather than All-Pro.
It was an odd disappearing act for Arizona’s star. But he wasn’t alone. Most of the Cardinals’ offense was off on Sunday.
“I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed in myself. I’m disappointed in our offense,” Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb said. “Our defense played great, I thought. Special teams played good, put us in good position. But offensively … I was not very good today.”
Kolb and Fitzgerald connected on a spectacular 12-yard touchdown in the first half, but Arizona couldn’t overcome Tarvaris Jackson’s 11-yard TD run in that gave Seattle the lead, falling to the Seahawks 13-10.
It’s not that Arizona (1-2) was without chances. There were plenty and that’s what will sting for the Cardinals, who now have two losses by a combined four points. After Jackson’s touchdown run early in the third quarter, Arizona had six possessions with a chance to pull even or take the lead.
The Cardinals couldn’t convert on any of those chances. Their best chance came with less than 2 minutes remaining, but Kolb was intercepted by Seattle safety Kam Chancellor while trying to hit Todd Heap down the middle of the field.
Kolb finished 25 of 39 for 252 yards and two interceptions.
“There were a couple miscommunications, but that happens sometimes. Obviously, we need to clean that up,” Fitzgerald said. “This is a tough place to play. You have to tip your hat to Seattle. They played very hard, they played strong. They had a good defensive scheme, they got some pressure on us. They caused us some commotion back there. We have to do a better job executing. That’s the basic point.”
Fitzgerald finished with five catches for 64 yards, all in the first half. His TD reception gave him the franchise record for most in Cardinals history with 67. It will go on Fitzgerald’s career highlights reel as he leaped over Seattle safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Brandon Browner to haul in the pass as Kolb backpedaled away from pressure.
But that was it. His last catch came on a quick screen with 2:49 left in the second quarter and he was immediately cut down by Marcus Trufant for no gain.