GLENDALE, Ariz.—The Seahawks escaped a strange and injury-marred game with a 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, with Sebastian Janikowski making a 52-yard field goal as time expired to help the Seahawks improve to 2-2.
Here are five rapid reactions to the Seahawks' second straight win:
1. The Seahawks looked like they took control in the third quarter, then it almost got away from them.
The Seahawks went into the locker room down three at halftime after letting some opportunities get away from them in the first half. In the third quarter, however, the Seahawks got on track and took the lead, only to have the Cardinals rally in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals began the second half with the ball, but a Frank Clark tackle-for-loss on the first play from scrimmage helped the defense get a quick three-and-out. Seattle's offense followed with a 14-play, 57-yard drive that set up a Sebastian Janikowski field goal. Another tackle-for-loss on first down, this time by Jarran Reed, led to another Cardinals three-and-out, and the offense responded by driving 47 yards on five plays for a touchdown.
Overall, the Seahawks outgained the Cardinals 105-14 in the third quarter and had eight first downs to Arizona's 1.
But the Cardinals responded in the fourth quarter with rookie Josh Rosen—who was impressive in his first start—leading a five-play 80-yard drive to tie the game. The Cardinals had a chance to take the lead late in the game, but Phil Dawson missed from 45 yards.
2. Sebastian Janikowski had an eventful day.
Seattle's veteran kicker didn't get off to a good start, missing his first two field goal attempts, contributing to Seattle trailing 10-7 at halftime. Janikowski made up for it in the end, however, making a 40-yarder that tied the game in the third quarter, then most importantly a 52-yarder as time expired to give Seattle the win.
3. Mike Davis made the most of his opportunity.
Chris Carson, Seattle's starting running back in the first three games, didn't play Sunday because of a hip injury, and with Carson out, Mike Davis got the start and made the most of his opportunity.
Davis, who had only three carries in Seattle's first three games, carried 21 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 4 catches for 23 yards.
4. Jarran Reed continues to be a force at the line of scrimmage.
Jarran Reed has been a big part of Seattle's defense in each of his first two seasons, but before this year he was primarily known as a run-stopper and not someone who necessarily made plays in the backfield on the quarterback.
This season, however, Reed looks to be taking his game to the next level, having recorded 3.0 sacks in his past two games. After getting two sacks last week, Reed added another one in the first quarter of Sunday's game. He also had a tackle for loss on Cardinals running back David Johnson, and finished with five tackles.
5. For the second straight year in Arizona, it was a bad day for injuries.
The Seahawks lost two players to serious injuries, the second year in a row that has happened in Arizona. Earl Thomas injured his leg trying to break up a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, and had to be carted off with an air cast on his lower leg. Earlier in the game, rookie tight end Will Dissly went down with a knee injury after a catch, and he too had to be carted off and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game.
In Seattle's win at Arizona last year, both Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor sustained season-ending injuries in this same building.
Postgame, head coach Pete Carroll confirmed Thomas has a lower leg fracture, while Dissly has a patellar injury.
- With the win, Russell Wilson passed Matt Hasselbeck as the franchise's all-time winningest starting quarterback with 75 (regular season & postseason).
- Also with the win, Carroll tied Mike Holmgren as the franchise's all-time winningest coach with 90 (regular season & postseason).
Fan photos from the Seattle Seahawks' 2018 Week 4 road game against the Arizona Cardinals.