The Cardinals continued to dominate the game, but this quarter ended in a 3-3 tie that gave Arizona a 17-3 lead at halftime.
The Cardinals scored on the fourth play of the quarter, but had to settle for a 29-yard field goal from Neil Rackers after DE Patrick Kerney sacked QB Kurt Warner on third down. On the second-down play, LB Aaron Curry tipped Warner’s pass – the first incompletion for Warner after hitting his first 12 passes.
The Seahawks finally got on the board with 3:57 left in the half on a 28-yard field goal by Olindo Mare. But it took a fake punt, with P Jon Ryan and TE John Carlson hooking up on a 42-yard pass play to get them close enough to do it. QB Matt Hasselbeck followed the big special teams play with a 15-yard pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh to the Cardinals’ 5-yard line. But Hasselbeck was then pressured into throwing the ball away on first down and sacked for a 7-yard loss on third down.
Hasselbeck got another chance after DE Patrick Kerney’s fumble-forcing sack of Warner and DE Darryl Tapp’s recovery. But TE John Carlson could not hold a third-down pass that Hasselbeck threaded between two defenders and the possession ended in frustration.
FS Jordan Babineaux intercepted Warner’s final pass of the half – a heave into the end zone on a play that began with four seconds left on the clock.
How dominate where the Cardinals in the first half? Plays – Cardinals 38-19. Yards – Cardinals 224-90. Time of possession – Cardinals 21:48 to 8:12. Third-down conversions — Cardinals 5 of 7, Seahawks 0 of 4. Points – Cardinals 17-3.