Cardinals 26

(7-3, 3-3 away)

Seahawks 20

(2-8, 1-4 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:05 PM ET, November 16, 2008

CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA 

1 2 3 4 T
ARI 10 6 10 026
SEA 0 7 0 1320

Top Performers

Passing: K. Warner (ARI) - 395 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Arrington (ARI) - 8 CAR, 40 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Boldin (ARI) - 13 REC, 186 YDS

Warner throws for 395 yards as Cards start 7-3 for 1st time since '77

Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Darnell Dockett had heard enough from all those who doubted the Arizona Cardinals, the former laughingstocks who haven't won a division since Gerald Ford was president.

Fast Facts

• Despite a late fourth-quarter charge by the Seahawks, the Cardinals held on to win their seventh game of the season.

• Kurt Warner passed for 395 yards, his fifth 300-yard game this season and fourth straight. Warner also managed a touchdown pass in his 18th straight game, the second-longest streak in Cardinals history.

• Arizona receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald combined for 23 receptions and 337 yards receiving, the third time this season they have recorded at least 100 receiving yards in the same game.

• The Seahawks have dropped three in a row and are 2-8 on the season.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

So after rookie Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie dived for his second interception of Matt Hasselbeck with 2 minutes left to clinch the Cardinals' 26-20 victory on Sunday, Dockett looked at the Seahawks' bench. Then he cocked his leg and mockingly kicked, effectively booting Seattle from its four-year reign of the NFC West.

"It was payback for what they did to us last year. They ran that score up," Dockett said of Seattle's 42-21 win here last December to clinch the division -- again. "That feeling, we all remembered that. That's going to be the best feeling in the world, winning the division. I've been here five years. Never won a division. Never won in Seattle."

Yes, this Cardinals' surge of rewriting their sorry history has now written off Seattle.

Kurt Warner completed 32 of 44 passes for 395 yards -- his franchise-record fourth straight 300-yard game -- and J.J. Arrington scored a career-high two touchdowns as Arizona held off the desperate Seahawks, who trailed 26-7 entering the fourth quarter.

The 37-year-old Warner, a forgotten two-time league MVP after the New York Giants let him go and Arizona benched him last season, admitted last week he thought he would never get this chance again. Then he completed 19 of his first 21 passes while Anquan Boldin, who had 13 catches for a career-best 186 yards, and Larry Fitzgerald -- 10 receptions, 151 yards -- roamed free all day in Arizona's first win at Seattle since 2002.

"We have heard a lot of talk about people doubting us, that we weren't playing anybody. What we did today speaks for itself," Boldin said. "They say the road comes through here. We came in and took care of business."

Some Cardinals literally skipped off field at being 7-3 for the first time since 1977, when they were in St. Louis. Arizona can clinch its first division title since 1975 next week when it hosts the Giants and San Francisco (3-7) plays at Dallas.

"You know, it's fun. That's all I want is another chance to compete for a championship," said Warner, whose streak of 300-yards games is the tied for the third-longest in NFL history. "We're back in the mix again. Obviously, there's still a long way to go, but to be 10 games in and be in the mix is fun. We haven't been there in a while. I haven't been there in a while."

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The Seahawks are in a place they haven't been in a while, too.

They have their worst start since the 1992 team was 1-8 en route to 2-14. Exiting Mike Holmgren, who called this a "must-win," has the first 2-8 start in his 17 years as a head coach just weeks before he takes a sabbatical in 2009.

Seattle's 31st-ranked pass defense had no answers for Warner and his physical, fast receivers. The Cardinals even got Boldin mismatched on linebacker Lofa Tatupu for huge gains that set up some of Neil Rackers' four field goals.

"Now, our goals have changed," Holmgren said. "It's been a good run."

Or, as an "exhausted" Hasselbeck said: "We're not idiots. We can do the math."

Hasselbeck completed 17 of 29 passes for 170 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in his first game is six weeks because a bulging disk in his back was causing nerve problems.

Arizona was cruising into the fourth quarter and had an interception of Hasselbeck in the end zone by Karlos Dansby. But Dansby fumbled on his return and left tackle Walter Jones recovered at the Seahawks 11. T.J. Duckett scored on a 1-yard run to cut the lead to 26-13.

On the second play of Arizona's next drive, Warner got hit by Brandon Mebane. Darryl Tapp recovered the fumble at the Cardinals 14. After Hasselbeck converted a fourth-and-3 with a scramble behind an unintended block by an official, Duckett scored from the 2. Suddenly it was 26-20 with 9:41 left.

But after a blitzing Tatupu hit Warner into an intentional grounding to kill Arizona's drive with 5:38 left, Seattle chose a bad time for its first three-and-out drive of the game.

The Seahawks got the ball back at their 28 with 2:05 left and no timeouts. On the first play, Hasselbeck went for what he called "a home run" pass to Deion Branch, who had a team-high four receptions in his first full game since January following reconstructive knee surgery and a bruised heel. But Hasselbeck's line-drive pass was more apt for a double. Branch broke deep and Rodgers-Cromartie slid in for his capping interception.

Hasselbeck looked punch-drunk after taking intravenous fluids afterward.

"I feel like I'm letting people down," he said, adding he had little left physically in the fourth quarter. "It's just a bad feeling."

Game notes

Warner has 17 300-yard passing games with the Cardinals, two behind Neil Lomax's franchise record. ... Seattle lost top CB Marcus Trufant to a concussion and LG Mike Wahle to a shoulder injury. Their status for next week's game against Washington is unknown.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2418
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays7053
Total Yards458196
Yards per play6.53.7
Total Drives1210
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-33-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

ariFG7:52Neil Rackers 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 60 yds, 7:13
ariTD0:08J.J. Arrington 4 Yard Run (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 89 yds, 3:36
ariFG4:38Neil Rackers 48 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 65 yds, 4:56
seaTD1:07Maurice Morris 13 Yard Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 19 yds, 0:47
ariFG0:05Neil Rackers 54 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 27 yds, 0:57
ariFG9:39Neil Rackers 26 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 59 yds, 3:14
ariTD1:59J.J. Arrington 6 Yard Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 82 yds, 4:50
seaTD12:49T.J. Duckett 1 Yard Run (Matt Hasselbeck Pass to Bobby Engram For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 11 yds, 2:01
seaTD9:46T.J. Duckett 2 Yard Run (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 14 yds, 2:51