Peephole perspective: The Cardinals got on the board, while the Seahawks got three more field goals from Olindo Mare. Seahawks 19-7.
Player of the quarter: Mare. He actually kicked six field goals in the quarter, but only three counted. Two were erased by holding penalties against Cameron Morrah. The Seahawks “threw back” a 46-yarder because an offsides penalty on the Cardinals gave them a first down. But Mare did kick keepers from 31, 51 and 24 yards.
Play of the quarter: On the third play of the quarter, DE Chris Clemons rocked Cardinals QB Max Hall on a blind-side sack. The play ended the Cardinals’ possession, and Hall’s day – as he left with a head injury and did not return.
Number of the quarter: 29. That’s what Mare’s club-record consecutive streak is up to with his trio of three-pointers in the quarter.
The bigger picture: The defense came up with a big play to set the table for the offense to start the second half, as DE Chris Clemons rocked QB Max Hall with a blind-side sack and DE Raheem Brock recovered the fumble at the Cardinals’ 11-yard line. Mare cashed in with a 31-yard field, his club-record 27th in a row.
Clemons’ jarring sack also knocked Hall out of the game with a head injury, so Derek Anderson took over the Cardinals. The Seahawks also lost another player, as fullback and special teams standout Michael Robinson left with a knee injury and ruled out for the rest of the game.
The opposing special teams then combined to give the Seahawks another score. Jason Wright muffed the kickoff that followed Mare’s kickoff and Kennard Cox recovered the Cardinals’ 16. But after the offense stalled and Cameron Morrah was penalized for holding twice on Mare field goals, the veteran kicker split the upright from 51 yards – and it counted this time.
In his first drive, Anderson – the pride of Scappoose, Ore. – led the Cardinals on an eight-play, 70-yard TD drive that ended when Beanie Wells rammed into the end zone from the 2. While Anderson was 3 of 3 for 45 yards, including a 29-yarder to Early Doucet to the Seahawks’ 16; Wells carried five times for 28 yards.
The Seahawks then drove 78 yards in 14 plays to another Mare field goal – this time a 24-yarder. Hasselbeck big some big passes during the drive, including a 26-yarder to Deon Butler, a 21-yarder to Justin Forsett on third-and-6 and a 15-yarder to Mike Williams to the Cardinals’ 8.