Final

Seahawks 33

(6-2, 2-2 away)

Cardinals 19

(2-6, 2-3 home)

4:05 PM ET, November 6, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 3 14 10 633
ARI 3 3 10 319

Top Performers

Passing: K. Warner (ARI) - 334 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: S. Alexander (SEA) - 23 CAR, 173 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: L. Fitzgerald (ARI) - 8 REC, 102 YDS

Alexander runs for 173 yards, 2 TDs as Seattle wins fourth straight

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks came off their bye week rested, relaxed and ready -- especially Shaun Alexander.

It was over when ...
the Seahawks went on a 12-play, 93-yard drive that used up 6:50 of the fourth quarter and put them ahead 33-19.
Game ball goes to ...
Shaun Alexander, who broke off TD runs of 88 and 14 yards and gained 173 yards on 23 carries. Alexander has 467 yards and nine TDs in his last three games against Arizona.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen Right now Shaun Alexander is one of the best running backs in the league. He can set up your whole offensive philosophy and can make your entire team that much better. He makes great plays and this team stops and goes with him. The Seahawks have made tremendous strides since last season as they are winning games they would've let slip away last season.
-- Eric Allen

The powerhouse back gained 173 yards in 23 carries, including touchdown runs of 88 and 14 yards, and the Seattle Seahawks won their fourth in a row by beating the Arizona Cardinals 33-19.

"The run he popped in the second half obviously was a big, big, important play in this game," Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said. "He's having his best season as far as I'm concerned."

Alexander went to the locker room late in the second quarter with a stomach ache, then quickly showed he felt much better in the second half.

The 88-yard run, on the first play of the third quarter, tied the franchise record Alexander set against Oakland on Nov. 11, 2001. In the last three games against Arizona, Alexander gained 467 yards and scored nine touchdowns.

"I think right now he's playing like the best back in the National Football League," Cardinals coach Dennis Green said. "I don't think it's just the yardage. He also can catch the ball. He does a decent job of pass protection, and he makes big plays."

The victory gave the Seahawks a season sweep of Arizona and improved their record to 6-2, tied with New York, Carolina and Atlanta for the best record in the conference halfway through the season. It came after Holmgren unexpectedly gave the team an entire week off leading into last Sunday's bye. He won for the first time after a bye week in seven tries.

"They needed the week off," Holmgren said. "They were a little banged up and sore, so why not? I needed some time off, too. So we did it."

Neil Rackers kicked field goals of 23, 31, 50 and 44 for the Cardinals (2-6) and is 26-for-26 this season.

Kurt Warner, replacing Josh McCown as starting quarterback, completed 29 of 48 passes for 334 yards and a touchdown. He threw three interceptions and was sacked four times. Warner, booed loudly by the crowd, fell to 0-4 as an Arizona starter, with two touchdowns in 16 quarters.

"All across the board again we just made too many mistakes," Warner said, "just doing the simple things. We've got to do a better job on the simple things."

Green, 8-16 in 1½ seasons as Arizona coach, hinted at another shakeup that could include the quarterback spot.

"I think when you're on a 2-6 year, you know you're in territory you're not accustomed to, nor do you like being in," he said. "There's no telling what you'll do."

He gave Warner a mixed review.

"Obviously he made some good throws, made some poor throws, got rid of the ball sometimes when he could, held the ball when he shouldn't," Green said.

The first two picks, by Marcus Trufant and Kelly Herndon, led to 10 Seattle points. The third, by Jordan Babineaux, stopped an Arizona drive late in the fourth quarter.

Matt Hasselbeck, picked off four times in a 25-17 loss at Sun Devil Stadium a year ago, was 13-for-20 for 158 yards. He passed for a touchdown, ran for another and was not intercepted.

Seattle pulled out of reach with a 12-play, 93-yard drive that used up 6:50 of the fourth quarter. Alexander's 14-yard run capped the drive to give Seattle its 33-19 lead.

"You know, we've had several long over-80 yard drives and that's just what we expect now," Alexander said. "Then, once we get in the red zone, it's do what we do, and that's score touchdowns. It was one of those drives we expect out of ourselves. I think that's a big difference between this year and the last five years."

Trufant intercepted Warner's pass to give Seattle the ball at Cardinals 48. Alexander had runs of 19 and 10 yards to set up Hasselbeck's 4-yard touchdown pass to Joe Jurevicius and Seattle led 10-3.

After Rackers' 31-yard field goal cut it to 10-6, the Seahawks scored late in the half. Hasselbeck threw a 46-yard sideline pass to Jerheme Urban to the Cardinals 13. Hasselbeck ran 1 yard for the score with 43 seconds left in the half.

Warner finally got Arizona into the end zone on a 14-play, 80-yard drive. He threw 6 yards to Johnson in the back of the end zone with 35 seconds to go in the third quarter.

Warner's 63-yard pass to tight end Eric Edwards set up Rackers' fourth field goal, a 44-yarder that made it 27-19.<

^Notes:@ Arizona has three touchdowns in 21 times in the red zone. ... Cardinals Pro Bowl defensive end Bertrand Berry left the game in the fourth quarter with a strained pectoral muscle. ... Alexander has scored 14 touchdowns.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
ARI
1st Downs2223
Passing 1st downs
817
Rushing 1st downs
115
1st downs from penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
3-98-16
4th down efficiency
0-02-3
Total Plays5472
Total Yards370378
Yards per play6.95.3
Total Drives1015
Passing162307
Comp-Att
13-2029-48
Yards per pass
7.75.9
Interceptions thrown
03
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-04-27
Rushing20871
Rushing Attempts
3320
Yards per rush
6.33.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-50-3
Penalties6-529-78
Turnovers04
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
03
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession28:0331:57

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hasselbeck13/201628.1101-0
ARIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Warner29/483347.0134-27

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Alexander231737.5288
Morris5306.0012
ARICARYDSAVGTDLG
Arrington5408.0015
Shipp13201.504

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Urban14646.0046
Jurevicius4317.8119
ARIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fitzgerald810212.8023
Johnson66611.0121

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEAARI
ariFG7:59Neil Rackers 16 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 33 yds, 4:09
03
seaFG1:03Josh Brown 18 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 63 yds, 6:46
33
SECOND QUARTERSEAARI
seaTD13:11Joe Jurevicius, 4 yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 41 yds, 12:28
103
ariFG6:20Neil Rackers 23 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 61 yds, 6:34
106
seaTD0:44Matt Hasselbeck, 1 yd run (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 60 yds, 0:37
176
THIRD QUARTERSEAARI
seaTD14:55Shaun Alexander, 88 yd run (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 88 yds, 0:00
246
ariFG10:35Neil Rackers 42 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 39 yds, 3:58
249
seaFG6:51Josh Brown 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yds, 1:10
279
ariTD0:40Bryant Johnson, 6 yd pass from Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yds, 6:01
2716
FOURTH QUARTERSEAARI
ariFG12:14Neil Rackers 36 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, -10 yds, 1:15
2719
seaTD5:24Shaun Alexander, 14 yd run
Drive info: 13 plays, 93 yds, 6:40
3319