The Seattle Seahawks' folically challenged quarterback Matt Hasselbeck didn't stand a chance yesterday. His offense mustered a measly 128 total yards, he completed only 10 of 29 passes, and he was sacked five times throughout the 27-3 Cardinals victory.
The big news coming out of Seattle Sunday wasn't Hasselbeck's seemingly reserved seat on the turf at Qwest Field, it was this: The Arizona football Cardinals won a game -- on the road!
They looked pretty good doing it, too.
The Cards got to work early, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter and limiting the Seahawks to only 85 yards and a 28-yard field goal.
The first touchdown came as the result of a two-yard Kurt Warner touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald.
The Cards' initial touchdown drive took more than 10 minutes off the clock, and when it came time for the Seahawks to have a turn, they failed to recover a pooch kickoff by Cards kicker Neil Rackers.
The Cards took over in Seattle territory, and three plays later, Kurt and company were in the end zone again after a two-yard Tim Hightower touchdown run.
Warner's performance Sunday made him the fastest quarterback in NFL history to throw for 30,000 yards in his career, and Larry Fitzgerald tied his career high with 13 catches for 100 yards.
While the Arizona offense remained consistent scoring 13 more points over the remainder of the game, the defense stole the show -- when the Seahawks managed to get the ball, that is.
The Arizona offense had control of the ball for more than 43 minutes, leaving little more than 17 minutes for Hasselbeck and the Seattle offense to do much of anything.
The high-power Seahawks running game netted a whopping total of 14 yards, and it didn't do much better in the air.
When Hasselbeck wasn't getting sacked, which he was five bone-crushing times, he threw for 114 yards, one interception, and no touchdowns.
The birds from the north did manage to get on the board once with a 28-yard Olindo Mare field goal after what was Seattle's only somewhat decent drive.
The Seahawks moved the ball 59 yards over about four minutes, but the Cards defense was simply overpowering when Seattle got into scoring range, a place the team only found itself once, which resulted in the field goal.
In the second half, the Cards defense held the Seahawks (now 2-4) to an embarrassing 17 total yards.
After Sunday's beat-down, the Cards now have a winning record (3-2), some much-needed confidence, and they are actually looking like the team that nearly won the Super Bowl last year.
However, given the Cards' flare for inconsistency, which team decides to show up next week is far from certain. They head to New York next week to take on Eli Manning and the New York Giants.
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