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Monday, November 07, 2005

Seahawk Beat Cards 33-19



From Mike Kahn at Seahawks.com:

Patience, consistency, big-play capability. All those describe the Seattle Seahawks offense. But what may very well end up being the signature of this team is the capability of taking the ball the length of the field when it matters most.

Sunday afternoon before a blasé grouping of fans at Sun Devil Stadium, the Seahawks drove 93 yards in nearly seven minutes – capped off by a 14-yard touchdown run from Shaun Alexander midway through the fourth quarter – and put away the Arizona Cardinals for a 33-19 victory.

It was the fourth win in a row for the Seahawks, who raised their record to 6-2 atop the NFC West. It also completed a series sweep of the Cardinals (2-6) and moved them into a tie for the best record in the NFC with Atlanta and Carolina. The Seahawks play host to the second place St. Louis Rams next Sunday, whom they lead by two games in the division.

Alexander overcame an upset stomach in the first half to rush for 173 yards and two touchdowns, including an 88-yarder on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.

Clearly, the game could have been a setup considering the Seahawks had the winning streak and were coming off a bye against one of the struggling teams in the NFC.

“This was a game you’re concerned about,” Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said. “Arizona is a good team who doesn’t have the record it wants. It’s a setup after the bye, so I was very, very happy because the guys performed.”

Most importantly, the Cardinals had closed the gap to eight points in the fourth quarter and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck engineered the 12-play, 93-yard drive that ate up nearly seven minutes of the game clock. It was the fourth drive of the season of at least 91 yards and the sixth of at least 85 yards, and it continues to be a testimony to the veteran offensive line that seems to get better all the time.

“The communication they have – particularly the three inside guys – is great,” Hasselbeck said. “Teams can try all they want to trick us. We’ve got real veteran guys in there that just sort stuff out, and they make it easy on pass protection and the running game.”

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