Seahawks Lose Opener 20-16
September 9, 2012, 4:41 pm
The Seahawks opened their 2012 campaign against a division foe, the Arizona Cardinals, with a rookie quarterback under center and left University of Phoenix Stadium with a loss falling 20-16.
Neither offense seemed in rhythm to start the game as the teams only managed to trade field goals in the first quarter.
A team was finally able to find the end zone in the second quarter when Arizona's Larod Stephens-Howling ran up the middle for a one yard touchdown.
The score remained 10-3 going into the half after Russell Wilson was intercepted by Adrian Wilson, halting a last minute Seahawks drive.
In the third quarter, Jay Feely added another field goal that extended Arizona's lead to 13-3.
Dynamic return man Leon Washington then gave the Seahawks excellent field position, taking the following kickoff all the way to the Arizona 24. Russell Wilson would take advantage of the field position, finding Sidney Rice for a 10-yard touchdown that cut Arizona's lead to 13-10.
Two minutes later, Leon Washington would then return a punt 52 yards and Steven Hauschka would add a field goal to even the score at thirteen.
Another Hauschka field goal, this time in the fourth quarter, would provide the Seahawks a temporary 16-13 lead.
On the next Cardinal drive, John Skelton would need to leave the game after taking a hit on a completion to Andre Roberts.
An air cast was ultimately used on Skelton's ankle and the quarterback would be carted off. The severity of his injury is unknown at the time.
Kevin Kolb would take over after Skelton's injury, and proceed to march Arizona down the field on an 11-play, 85-yard drive that ended with Kolb finding Roberts for a touchdown.
On the ensuing drive, Seattle faced a 4th and 6 at the Arizona 27 when a Patrick Peterson pass interference call kept the Seahawks' drive alive.
Another pass interference would give Seattle the ball first and goal at the Arizona six yard line.
A Marshawn Lynch run followed by three incompletions would result in a turnover on down for the Seahawks.
Arizona finally knelt on the ball to preserve a 20-16 victory.
Russell Wilson completed 18 of 34 passes for a 153 yards while tossing one touchdown and one interception.
Marshawn Lynch led all rushers with 85 yards on 21 carries.
Larry Fitzgerald was the game's leading receiver, catching four balls for 63 yards.
Seattle takes on Dallas next Sunday in their home opener.