Wow, oops and wow. The first quarter was all Cardinals, and in all three phases of the game.
The Cardinals got the ball first and went 80 yards in 15 plays, a precision drive that consumed almost 11 minutes. QB Kurt Warner was 9 of 9 – to five different receivers – for 64 yards, including 4 of 4 on third downs for 27 yards. The Cardinals’ longest play on the drive was Warner’s 18-yard pass to Anquan Boldin, who had three catches for 35 yards.
The Cardinals then had Neil Rackers bloop his kickoff and CB Greg Toler recovered the ball at the Seahawks’ 23-yard line. Three plays later, Tim Hightower scored on a 2-yard run to make it 14-0 before the Seahawks had time to utter, “What’s happening.” Warner hit his only pass – a 9-yarder to Larry Fitzgerald – to run his string of completions to 10 in a row.
The Seahawks finally got the ball, but it lasted only three plays as QB Matt Hasselbeck fumbled when he was sacked and the Cardinals recovered at the Seattle 23. The quarter ended with the Cardinals in a first-and-goal situation from the Seahawks 9.
Warner completed 12 consecutive passes in the quarter.