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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Seahawks Beat Cardinals 37-12

From Mike Kahn at Seahawks.com:

So much for the minor details that were lingering for the Seattle Seahawks.
Needed to score in the second half - count 27 points.

How about forcing a key turnover? That would be a fumble to blow the game open and an interception to end the game.

Consistently pressuring a quarterback? That would best be described as the defensive line virtually chasing Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner right off the field and out of the game before halftime.
Essentially, any of the little things that may have created some concern during the 1-1 start evaporated Sunday afternoon at Qwest Field. Paced by running back Shaun Alexander’s record-tying four touchdowns, the Seahawks rolled to a 37-12 win over the Cardinals and remained in a first-place tie with St. Louis atop the NFC West at 2-1.

“Well, I told you last week that some time this season we’d eventually score in the second half of a game,” Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said tongue-in-cheek. “I was right on that. It was a nice second half. The team played very, very well, particularly in the second half. We needed something to happen 'bang, bang' in the second half. We hadn’t gotten those types of plays in the first two ballgames and it’s just too hard to go that far all the time. So that was encouraging to me.”
The Seahawks offense was superb, with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completing 20-of-31 passes for 242 yards – eight to Darrell Jackson for 125 yards. And then there was Alexander, who rushed for 140 yards on 22 attempts, including a trio of 1-yard scoring dives and a 25-yard touchdown run on a sweep left in the first quarter. He now has 67 career touchdowns and moves into 25th place in NFL history. He’s averaging 119 yards a game so far this season, and his 24th 100-yard game tied him with Chris Warren for the club record.


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