Seahawks Clip Cardinals
October 17, 2013, 9:45 pm
After a victory at home over the Tennessee Titans, the Seahawks had only a short week of practice before traveling to the desert to face the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night. Behind a large contingent of fans who traveled to Arizona, the Seahawks handily defeated the Cardinals, 34-22.
In the Seahawks’ first offensive series, quarterback Russell Wilson drove the team down the field and punctuated the drive with a 31-yard strike to Sidney Rice for a touchdown and the game’s first score.
Later in the first quarter, as Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer tried to connect with All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald, the Seattle defense clamped down and allowed Seahawks safety Earl Thomas to come up with an interception.
In the second quarter, Wilson again directed the Seattle offense down the field, finishing an 11-play drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller.
Arizona was finally able to get on the scoreboard later in the second, converting a fourth down just to get in range for Jay Feely 49-yard field goal.
On the ensuing drive, the Cardinals defense forced Wilson to fumble the ball, allowing Arizona to recover on the Seattle 3 yard-line.
One play later, Rashard Mendenhall was able to run it in from three yards out to cut the Cardinals’ deficit to only four, 14-10.
In the dwindling seconds of the first half, a Stephen Hauschka 51-yard field goal extended Seattle’s lead to 17-10 at the break.
The Cardinals started the scoring in the second half with a 52 yard field goal from Jay Feely, which once again trimmed the Seahawks’ lead to just four points.
The Seahawks would soon answer, driving down the field on a 10-play drive that culminated in a Kellen Davis 1-yard reception for a touchdown.
Later, as Palmer tried to engineer another scoring drive for Arizona, he was intercepted for a second time. The interception was returned to the Arizona 5-yard line, setting up a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run from two yards out.
The teams would each score a field goal in the fourth quarter, before Cardinals receiver Jaron Brown caught a touchdown pass from 8 yards out for the final score of the night.
Seattle now moves to 6-1 with the win, the best start in franchise history. With the loss, the Cardinals now fall to 3-4 and fall a half game behind St. Louis to solely occupy last place in the NFC West. Seattle is in first place with a game and a half lead over the San Francisco 49ers.
The Seahawks will next play the St. Louis Rams in Missouri on Monday, October 28th.