Players of the quarter: Olindo Mare and Mike Williams. And not just this quarter, but their eight quarters of work against the Cardinals this season. Mare kicked five field goals today, to go with the five he had in the Week 7 win at Qwest Field. Williams had 11 catches today, to go with the 11 he had against the Cardinals in Week 7.
Play of the quarter: On a fourth-and-10 play from their own 20, the Cardinals needed a play. They didn’t get it, because DE Chris Clemons drove 324-pound OT Levi Brown into the backfield and then dropped QB Derek Anderson for a 10-yard sack. That snuffed the Cardinals’ comeback hopes, and set up Justin Forsett’s 4-yard TD run.
Number of the quarter: 5. As in the number of wins the Seahawks now have – matching their victory total from all of last season.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks got a first-and-goal at the Cardinals’ 1 following Leon Washington’s big punt return at the end of the third quarter, but the Cardinals denied Marshawn Lynch on three runs to the left side of the line. So Mare came on to kick his fifth field goal of the game – a 19-yarder that made it 29-10. Mare tied the club record with that fifth kick, after also tying in the Week 7 win over Arizona at Qwest Field.
The Cardinals then got their offense going, driving 79 yards in 12 plays to Anderson’s 2-yard TD pass to Early Doucet, and he also tacked on the two-point conversion with a pass to Larry Fitzgerald to make it 29018 with 7:52 left in the game. Anderson was 8 of 11 on the drive – which could have been snuffed of FS Earl Thomas has been able to pickoff Anderson’s overthrown to Steve Breaston on one of his incompletions.
The Cardinals went for the onside kick, but they were penalized for illegally touching the ball before it has traveled 10 yards.
The Seahawks missed a scoring opportunity when Mare hit the upright on a 29-yard field goal attempt, but got a late score anyway on Forsett’s TD run.
The Cardinals’ last-gasp drive ended with four incompletions.