Final

Seahawks 20

(3-6, 0-4 away)

Cardinals 31

(6-3, 2-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, November 15, 2009

U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 7 10 0 320
ARI 0 10 7 1431

Top Performers

Passing: K. Warner (ARI) - 340 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Forsett (SEA) - 17 CAR, 123 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Houshmandzadeh (SEA) - 9 REC, 165 YDS

Wells scores twice in second half to help Cardinals rally past Seahawks

Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The dynamic young player and the old master were catalysts in the Arizona Cardinals' come-from-behind 31-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Sando: Fun In The West

Two teams gave all they had in Glendale, and unfortunately for the Seahawks, the better Cardinals came away with a hard-earned victory.Blog

Rookie Beanie Wells had second-half touchdown runs of 10 and 13 yards and the Cardinals rallied from an early two- touchdown deficit for Arizona's second home win in five tries.

"What we learned from the coaching staff and the veterans around here is not to give up," Wells said, "just to keep on truckin'."

Kurt Warner completed 29 of 38 for 340 yards and two touchdown passes for the Cardinals (6-3), who stayed two games up on San Francisco in the NFC West.

"Parts of the first half seemed so difficult for us to do anything," Warner said, 'then we came back in the second half and sometimes it seemed almost easy."

The 38-year-old quarterback became the 29th player in NFL history to throw 200 touchdown passes. He had his 51st 300-yard passing game, tying Dan Fouts for fourth on the NFL career list.

Fast Facts

• The Cardinals swept the series for the second straight season and have now won four straight against the Seahawks.

• Larry Fitzgerald has eight touchdown receptions, the most in the NFL.

• Beanie Wells rushed for two touchdowns after entering the game with just one on the season.

• T.J. Houshmandzadeh (165 yards) recorded his most receiving yards since 2004, while Justin Forsett picked up his first career game with more than 100 yards rushing.

• The Seahawks have lost five straight road games.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

With Julius Jones out early with a chest injury, second-year back Justin Forsett rushed for a career-high 123 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown run, for the Seahawks (3-6). Coach Jim Mora said Jones has a broken rib and would spend the night in a local hospital as a precaution.

Matt Hasselbeck, who had been bothered by a sore shoulder, was 26 of 52 for 315 yards and a touchdown. He was picked off twice late in the game.

"The shoulder is OK. It's the same, no worse," he said. "I felt like last week I didn't really have much to offer, by way of zip on the ball, but I felt much better this week."

Wells gained a career-best 85 yards on 16 carries and caught two passes for 32 yards. Wells' 29-yard run set up Arizona's final TD, Warner's 18-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald.

"I think we all see why we drafted him where we did," Warner said, "and what he brings to the table and the power and the strength and explosion that he brings to an offense."

Arizona outscored the Seahawks 21-3 in the second half after two quarters of looking very much like the team that had struggled to a 1-3 record at home.

"We had a number of mistakes but we're an improving football team and we have guys that are stepping up and making plays," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said, "and that's all you can ask for."

It was a vast improvement for Seattle from its first game against Arizona, when the Seahawks gained just 14 yards on the ground and were 0 for 11 on third downs.

"We played well. We should play well," said T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who had nine catches for 165 yards. "We've got all our offensive linemen back. We moved the ball up and down the field. ... We just didn't score the points."

Mora said his team is getting better.

"I think when we look back at this we'll see that we did improve as a football team today," he said, "but it's not good enough yet, not good enough to beat these guys yet."

Down 17-10, the Cardinals took the second-half kickoff and went 82 yards in 13 plays, Wells gaining redemption with his 10-yard scoring run on fourth-and-1, bouncing outside to the end zone, after his personal foul penalty pushed Arizona back from the 4 to the 19-yard line.

Moments later, the Cardinals held when Seattle had first-and-goal at the 1, and the Seahawks had to settle for Olindo Mare's 20-yard field goal to go ahead 20-17.

"That was a big stand, man," defensive Darnell Dockett said. "... It was big for our offense, our team morale."

Arizona took the lead for good with a quick, four-play, 80-yard drive. Warner's 37-yard pass to Anquan Boldin set up a spinning, 13-yard TD run by Wells and it was 24-20 with 11:20 to play.

Boldin, held out against his wishes in last week's win at Chicago with a high ankle sprain, caught eight passes for 105 yards.

Arizona intercepted Hasselbeck twice late in the game. The most impressive came with the Seahawks on the Cardinals 3-yard line with two minutes to go. Hasselbeck attempted a shuffle pass that Adrian Wilson stepped in to pick off, sealing the victory.

Arizona seemed on the verge of an early lead with the ball second-and-goal at the Seattle 4, when Warner's pass was picked off by Marcus Trufant.

The Cardinals challenged the play and, after a review, officials ruled Trufant had not established himself in the end zone after stepping out of bounds. But two plays later, Tim Hightower was stopped by Trufant and Leroy Hill on fourth-and-goal at the 1.

It took Seattle no time to get out of the hole, Hasselbeck throwing 53 yards to Houshmandzadeh. A facemask penalty against Bryant McFadden added 15 yards to the play.

Forsett's touchdown run capped the 99-yard drive.

Game notes


Boldin became the fifth fastest player to 7,000 career yards receiving. ... Arizona was without starting LBs Gerald Hayes and Chike Okeafor with back injuries. ... Seahawks LT Sean Locklear started after being out since Game 2 with a high ankle sprain.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
ARI
1st Downs2922
Passing 1st downs
1715
Rushing 1st downs
74
1st downs from penalties
53
3rd down efficiency
6-152-12
4th down efficiency
0-01-2
Total Plays8168
Total Yards472462
Yards per play5.86.8
Total Drives1415
Passing308340
Comp-Att
27-5329-38
Yards per pass
5.48.9
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
4-230-0
Rushing164122
Rushing Attempts
2430
Yards per rush
6.84.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-43-5
Penalties9-11311-136
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession28:3031:30

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hasselbeck26/523156.1124-23
Wallace1/11616.0000-0
ARIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Warner29/383408.9200-0

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Forsett171237.2124
Rankin3248.0012
ARICARYDSAVGTDLG
Wells16855.3229
Hightower10373.709

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Houshmandzadeh916518.3053
Branch45012.5015
ARIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boldin810513.1037
Breaston47919.8128

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEAARI
seaTD0:25Justin Forsett 11 Yard Run (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 99 yds, 2:32
70
SECOND QUARTERSEAARI
seaTD8:35John Carlson 31 Yard Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 54 yds, 1:27
140
ariTD5:36Steve Breaston 28 Yard Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 65 yds, 2:59
147
seaFG1:13Olindo Mare 32 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 67 yds, 4:21
177
ariFG0:04Neil Rackers 27 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 71 yds, 1:09
1710
THIRD QUARTERSEAARI
ariTD8:18Beanie Wells 10 Yard Run (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 82 yds, 6:47
1717
FOURTH QUARTERSEAARI
seaFG13:07Olindo Mare 20 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 91 yds, 5:30
2017
ariTD11:24Beanie Wells 13 Yard Run (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yds, 1:42
2024
ariTD6:17Larry Fitzgerald 18 Yard Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 85 yds, 3:14
2031