Peephole perspective: The scoring in this one ended as it started – and very fittingly – with an Olindo Mare field goal. Seahawks 22-10, and in sole possession of first place in the NFC West.
Player of the quarter: Mike Williams. After his career-best 10-catch, 123-yard performance against the Bears last week, Williams added his first TD catch since 2006 in this game – as part of an 11-catch, 87 yard afternoon. In the fourth quarter, he had 8- and 16-yard catches on third downs in the drive to Mare’s final field goal.
Play of the quarter: On Williams’ 16-yarder, he twisted his body and reached back to grab the pass, giving the Seahawks a first down at the Cardinals’ 12.
Number of the quarter: 4, as in the number of victories the Seahawks have – one less than all of last season and equaling their total from 2008.
The bigger picture: The Cardinals cut the Seahawks lead to 19-10 as Jay Feely kicked a 24-yard field goal on the third play of the quarter. The Cardinals got great field position as LaRod Stephens-Howling returned the kickoff after Mare’s third field goal in the third quarter for 71 yards to the Seahawks’ 33.
The Seahawks came right back with a grind-it-out, 12-play, 57-yard drive that consumed almost 7½ minutes. It ended with – what else – a Mare field goal, this one a 26-yarder. On the drive, Hasselbeck passed 8 yards to Mike Williams on third-and-2 and 16 yards to Williams on third-and-1. By the end of the drive, Williams had 10 catches for 80 yards in the game.
The defense then held on downs, as Raheem Brocks pressured Anderson into an incompletion on fourth-and-6 from the Seahawks’ 37. The offense then drove to the Cardinals’ 13 before electing to run time off the clocker rather than going for another Mare field goal.