Seahawks 17

(3-3, 2-2 away)

Cardinals 25

(2-4, 2-1 home)

4:15 PM ET, October 24, 2004


1 2 3 4 T
SEA 0 3 7 717
ARI 7 6 3 925

Smith logs 78th 100-yard game

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Emmitt Smith had a record-breaking day. Jerry Rice was barely a factor.

Their fates matched those of their teams in the Arizona Cardinals' 25-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Allen's Analysis

Eric Allen

Seahawks-Cards: What has happened to the 'Hawks the past three weeks?

At the beginning of the season the Seahawks were playing good football and not making silly mistakes. Now the Seahawks have quickly reverted to poor play on the road, dropping passes and missing tackles. These are all things that plagued them last season. All of a sudden Mike Holmgren's team is doing more to lose games than to win them. Holmgren must take the time and practice the fundamentals with this team before they throw away this season. This is the NFL and it's embarrassing to see professional players dropping passes left and right. These guys need to catch the ball or find somewhere else to play.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

Smith sealed the win with a 23-yard touchdown run, a play that put him over the 100-yard rushing mark for the 78th time in his career -- to break Walter Payton's record.

Rice, acquired by Seattle from Oakland on Tuesday, had one catch for 10 yards.

The game marked the first time in 20 years the NFL's career yardage leaders in receiving (Rice) and rushing (Smith) opposed each other.

When it was over, Rice sought out Smith on the field.

"He's one of the best, and I just wanted to pull him aside and say congratulations," Rice said. "You know, he's still doing it."

Smith wasn't the only Cardinals player with a record performance. Arizona's Neil Rackers was good from 55, 55 and 50 yards to tie Morten Andersen's record for most field goals of at least 50 yards in a game.

"I just hit them the same," Rackers said. "They could have been 20-yarders. The way the ball flies out here, you just want to hit the ball smooth, and it will go."

Gerald Hayes blocked a Seattle punt for a safety to put Arizona in the lead for good after the Seahawks rallied from 13 down to go ahead 17-16.

The Seahawks lost their third in a row after a 3-0 start.

"We were bad today. I don't know how else to day it," coach Mike Holmgren said. "I'm embarrassed about how we executed offensive football."

A victory Sunday would have given Seattle sole possession of first place in the NFC West.

"The mood stinks right now," Holmgren said. "We've got to decide are we the team that started the season or the team that played the last three games."

Matt Hasselbeck completed just 14 of 41 passes and was intercepted four times.

"You can put all the blame on me," he said. "I was just bad. I feel like I really let my teammates down today. I really have no answers. I just couldn't get it going. I don't know why. I don't know what the deal was, but it was my fault."

Smith gained 106 yards on 26 carries, his second 100-yard effort in three games. He talked about playing with a young team trying to turn a franchise into a winner.

"To be able to do it here, it makes it that much more special," he said. "Days like this don't come that often. They are rare days. I'm just glad to have them here to share it with."

Rackers kicked two 55-yarders in the second quarter and hit a 50-yarder in the third to tie the record set by Andersen for Atlanta against New Orleans on Dec. 10, 1995.

In fact, all four field goals in the game were from beyond 50; Josh Brown kicked one from 54 yards for Seattle's only points in the first half.

Arizona (2-4) led 16-3 after Rackers' 50-yarder in the third quarter. The Cardinals hadn't played since blowing a 16-point lead with 5 minutes left in regulation in San Francisco two weeks ago -- and they almost let this one get away, too.

Shaun Alexander's 34-yard run helped set up Hasselbeck's 1-yard TD pass to Darrell Jackson to cut the lead to 16-10. Then Ken Lucas intercepted Josh McCown's overthrown pass and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown to put Seattle up 17-16.

Arizona forced the Seahawks to punt from their 12, and Hayes broke loose from the outside to block Donnie Jones' attempt. Rouen sprawled out on the field to knock the ball out of the end zone for a safety and prevent a touchdown, and the Cardinals led 18-17 with 8:50 remaining.

The Seahawks had the ball three more times, but couldn't move. Duane Starks' interception gave Arizona the ball on the Seattle 24 and, on third down, Smith slipped through for the touchdown that made it 25-17.

McCown completed 22 of 36 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown.

After Renaldo Hill intercepted Hasselbeck's pass at the Seattle 43, McCown lofted a 25-yarder to Larry Fitzgerald, who made the catch despite good coverage for an early 7-0 lead.

Arizona later gambled on fourth-and-1 at the Seattle 37. McCown faked a running play, but was sacked by Chike Okeafor for an 11-yard loss. The turnaround led to Brown's 54-yard field goal.

Rackers did Brown a yard better on Arizona's next possession, clearing the crossbar by about 5 yards to make it 10-3.

On Seattle's first play after the subsequent kickoff, Calvin Pace deflected Hasselbeck's pass and Karlos Dansby intercepted at the Seahawks 40. That set up Rackers' second 55-yarder, a line drive that cleared the crossbar by no more than 2 yards.

Smith's 26-yard run set up Rackers' third field goal, from a mere 50 yards in the third quarter.

For all their struggles, the Cardinals have just one more loss than division leader St. Louis.

"We're 2-1 at home," first-year coach Dennis Green said. "Now we've got to figure out how to win on the road."

Game notes

Rackers has five field goals of at least 50 yards this season. The NFL record is eight. ... Seattle lost linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski with an ankle injury in the third quarter. ... Lucas said it was his fault for missing Smith on the TD run.

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Scoring Summary

Drive info: 1 plays, 15 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 1 plays, 15 yds, 0:00
ariSF8:58Seattle safety.
Drive info: 4 plays, -12 yds, 0:53
ariTD2:00Emmitt Smith, 23 yd run
Drive info: 3 plays, 24 yds, 0:37
Drive info: 6 plays, 43 yds, 3:22
Drive info: 3 plays, 24 yds, 0:37
Drive info: 6 plays, 43 yds, 3:22
seaFG6:34Josh Brown 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 8 yds, 2:11
ariFG3:06Neil Rackers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 33 yds, 3:16
ariFG1:06Neil Rackers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 3 yds, 1:49
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yds, 2:34
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yds, 2:34
ariFG2:56Neil Rackers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 47 yds, 6:42