GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Chuck Knox-coached Seahawks never did it. Neither did the Mike Holmgren-coached Seahawks.
But the Pete Carroll-coached Seahawks of 2013 are 6-1 after a 32-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on Thursday night.
So the Seahawks are 6-1 for the first time in their 38-year history, and the win over the Cardinals assures they will continue to lead their NFC West – regardless of how the San Francisco 49ers (4-2) do against the Titans in Tennessee on Sunday – as they now get a long break before their Oct. 28 game against the Rams in St. Louis on “Monday Night Football.”
The victory also was only the second in eight games for the Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The Cardinals got the ball first, but the Seahawks scored first – on Russell Wilson’s 31-yard touchdown pass to
It was the first time this season that the Seahawks scored a touchdown on their opening possession of the game, and only their third TD in the first quarter. The Seahawks produced seven first downs on 13 plays in the opening quarter.
The Seahawks got the ball back when
Thomas’ interception was just the latest example of how you’re supposed to play free safety in the league. And that’s why Thomas was voted All-Pro last season and to the Pro Bowl the past two seasons.
An 11-play, 72-yard drive that started in the first quarter ended with
The Cardinals’ ensuing possession was a three-and-out, and an emphatic one at that as
The Seahawks then failed to gain a yard on two carries by Lynch on second-and-1 and third-and-1 and a fourth-down attempt by Wilson. The Cardinals took advantage on a 49-yard field goal by Jay Feely with 4:02 left, as the Seahawks begrudgingly gave up 26 on 10 plays.
But the fortunes flipped quickly, as Matt Shaughnessy sacked Wilson to force a fumble that was recovered by Calais Campbell. Rashard Mendenhall then scored on a 3-yard run on the next play to make it 14-10 with 3:40 left in the half. The fumble-forcing sack by Shaughnessy, who used a spin move to beat right tackle
The Seahawks then drove 47 yards in 12 plays to a 51-yard field goal by
The Seahawks’ second half-opening possession not only ended in three quick plays, it ended with a fumble-forcing sack on second down and a minus-3 yard run by Marshawn Lynch on third down. The Cardinals cashed in as Jay Feely hit a 52-yard field goal with 11:48 left in the quarter to make it 17-13.
But the Seahawks came right back and drove 80 yards in 10 plays to a 1-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to No. 3 tight end
On the sixth play of the ensuing series, Brandon Browner intercepted a Carson Palmer pass and returned it 29 yards to the Cardinals’ 4-yard line. Two plays later, Lynch scored on a 1-yard run to make it 31-13 with 3:52 left.
On the possession after the Cardinals had kicked their field goal, the Seahawks had a third-and-3 at the Cardinals’ 48 and linebacker Daryl Washington had Wilson in his grasp. But as Wilson was going down he got the ball off to Miller for a 6-yard gain. Six plays later, the Seahawks score a TD.
The fumble-forcing sack of Wilson at the end of the third quarter turned into a 22-yard field goal by Jay Feely on the fourth play of the fourth quarter to make it 31-16. The “drive” covered 11 yards and took six plays.
The Seahawks then added a field goal of their own as Steven Hauschka kicked a 42-yarder to cap an eight-play, 56-yard drive that included a 32-yard pass from Wilson to Golden Tate.
The Cardinals pulled to within 34-22 when Carson Palmer passed to Jaron Brown for an 8-yard TD with 4:34 left to cap a seven-play, 71-yard drive. But
In the final seconds of the game, the Seahawks fans in attendance broke into a Sea-Hawks, Sea-Hawks chant.