Seahawks at Cardinals – Second quarter

TJ Houshmandzadeh

Peephole perspective: Matt Hasselbeck to a wide-open John Carlson. Kurt Warner to a wide-open Steve Breaston. A couple of late field goals. Seahawks 17-10.

Player of the quarter: Justin Forsett. With apologies to Hasselbeck (8 of 11 for 78 yards), Forsett was pulling double duty. He carried six times for 49 yards and also caught a couple of passes, as he took over for the injured Julius Jones and also played his usual role as the third-down back.

Play of the quarter: The TD pass from Hasselbeck to Carlson. It not only went for 31 yards, it came from a two-tight end, two-back set on third-and-1. With the Seahawks bunched, Carlson curled off the line and was wide open to take Hasselbeck’s pass.

Line of the quarter: 10 of 13, 134 yards, 1 TD, 134.8 passer rating. That was Warner, as he passed the Cardinals back into the game.

The bigger picture: The defense held the Cardinals again, and again, to open the quarter. That set the stage for a five-play, 54-yard TD drive, as Carlson got ridiculously open to take Hasselbeck’s pass for a 31-yard score. Nate Burleson had a 27-yard punt return to give the Seahawks the ball at the Arizona 46. The drive included a 5-yard pass to backup QB Seneca Wallace and a 9-yard run by Forsett.

The Cardinals answered with a six-play, 65-yard drive that included a 19-yard pass interference penalty on CB Marcus Trufant for tripping WR Larry Fitzgerald and then a 28-yard TD pass from Warner to Breaston, who was wide open because he turned Trufant around on his route. Warner was 3 of 3 for 49 yards.

But Olindo Mare pushed the Seahawks lead to 17-7 when he kicked a 32-yard field goal with 1:09 left in the half. The kick capped a 12-play, 67-yard drive that featured a whole lotta Forsett. He ran four times for 35 yards, including a 24-yarder on the second play of the drive. The drive also featured a 15-yard pass from Wallace to Houshmandzadeh from the SeneCat formation on third-and-2.

Warner then shoved the Cardinals’ two-minute offense into warp speed, as they moved 71 yards in eight plays to a Neil Rackers’ 27-yard field goal as time expired. Warner was 6 of 6 – to five different receivers.


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