Peephole perspective: Too much Beanie Wells. Too much Kurt Warner. Another road loss for the Seahawks.
Player of the quarter: Wells. He ran for one score – a 13-yarder. He ran the Cardinals into another score – with a 29-yard run and a 23-yard reception.
Play of the quarter: Wells’ 13-yard touchdown run that gave the Cardinals a 24-20 lead with 11:20 to play. He was hit twice on his way to the end zone, but still managed to score.
Line of the quarter: 14-3. That was the Cardinals’ scoring edge in the final quarter, which was good enough to wrap up this game.
The bigger picture: The drive that ended the third quarter ended with Olindo Mare kicking a go-ahead 20-yard field. The Seahawks had a first-and-goal, thanks to a pass interference penalty against Bryant McFadden in the end zone against T.J. Houshmandzadeh. But Adrian Wilson slapped away Matt Hasselbeck’s first-down pass to Houshmandzadeh, Justin Forsett was tackled for a 1-yard loss on second down and Dominique Rodgers-Cromarite got a hand on Hasselbeck’s third-down pass to Nate Burleson in the end zone.
The Seahawks’ lead didn’t last long. Four plays, in fact. Wells scored on a 13-yard run to give the Cardinals a 24-20 lead with 11:20 to play. He was hit twice on his way to the end zone, but spun from the would-be tackler each time. The big play, however, was Warner’s 37-yard pass to Anquan Boldin. When FS Jordan Babineaux was flagged for a horse-collar tackle, the 15-yard penalty moved the ball to the 13.
The Cardinals stretched their lead to 31-20 the next time they had the ball with a six-play, 85-yard drive that ended when Larry Fitzgerald took an 18-yard pass from Warner – the 200th TD pass of Warner’s career. The drive started with Wells and Warner hooking up on a 23-yard completion. It also included a 29-yard run by Wells.
After the Seattle defense forced a three-and-out, the Seahawks moved from their own 5 to the Arizona 25, but Matt Hasselbeck’s second-down pass was intercepted by Antrel Rolle to snuff any comeback hopes the Seahawks were harboring.
The Seahawks were near the Cardinals goal line again, but Hasselbeck bobbled the snap and attempted a shovel pass to Forsett. Instead, Cardinals SS Andrian Wilson intercepted it.