4:05 PM ET, December 10, 2006
U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks gave away a chance to clinch their third straight NFC West title Sunday.Arizona scored 14 points off Seattle fumbles and a Seahawk comeback came up a half-yard shy at the finish in the Cardinals' 27-21 victory over the reigning NFC champs.
The Seahawks started slowly offensively and turnovers proved to be their undoing. Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart (right) was efficient in leading the Cardinals' offense. He got the ball to his playmakers -- WR Anquan Boldin and WR Larry Fitzgerald. Backup WR Bryant Johnson even saw his contributions increase.
The Cardinals finally flashed a running game as Edgerrin James topped the 100-yard mark for the second straight game. This proved to be the difference for the Cardinals as they controlled the time of possession and forced the Seahawks out of their game. Arizona again struggled in the secondary at cornerback. It allowed big plays down field, keeping the Seahawks in the game.
Green gave the game ball to offensive tackle Reggie Wells, who played despite a temperature of 103 degrees on Sunday morning. ... Rackers is 1-for-6 from 50 or beyond this season after going 6-for-7 last year. ... Seattle defensive tackle Craig Terrill sprained his right knee in the first half and did not return. Jackson went out with a toe injury on the Seahawks' last drive.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.8||5.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-3||2-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||12:54||Bryant Johnson, 56 yd pass from Matt Leinart (Neil Rackers kick is good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 56 yds, 0:00
|TD||3:34||Edgerrin James, 7 yd run (Neil Rackers kick is good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 24 yds, 1:55
|TD||2:44||D.J. Hackett, 23 yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick is good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 70 yds, 0:50
|FG||4:03||Neil Rackers 32 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 11 plays, 60 yds, 6:41
|TD||0:36||Nate Burleson, 15 yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick is good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 91 yds, 2:44
|TD||5:10||Darrell Jackson, 2 yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick is good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 57 yds, 5:24
|TD||15:00||Larry Fitzgerald, 5 yd pass from Matt Leinart (Neil Rackers kick is good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 36 yds, 3:28
|FG||3:36||Neil Rackers 40 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 6 plays, 18 yds, 3:33