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Cardinals Beat Seahawks – 49ers’ Playoff Hopes Still Alive

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All the Seattle Seahawks needed to clinch their division was a win over the poor Arizona Cardinals and a 49er loss to the Packers. The Packers beat San Francisco 30-19, leaving the Hawks’ fate in their hands. The Hawks hadn’t lost to Arizona since their first meeting in 2004, but Arizona was ready for a fight.

Seattle couldn’t do much with their first possession and was forced to punt. Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart passed to Bryant Johnson on his first snap for a 56-yard touchdown. Arizona scored again after Seattle’s second turnover deep in their own territory.

Falling behind 14-0 seemed to light a fire under Matt Hasselbeck (or maybe that was the fury of Mike Holmgren). All it took was two passes to D.J. Hackett: one for 47-yards, and a 23-yard touchdown. In the second quarter, after a Neil Rackers 32-yard field goal for Arizona, the Hawks scored again on a 5-yard pass to Nate Burleson to keep within three points at halftime.

Rackers missed a 53-yard field goal in the third, putting Seattle in good field position and Darrell Jackson ran in a 2-yard touchdown to put the Hawks on top 21-17. Seattle couldn’t hold on long, though. Leinart connected with Larry Fitzgerald for a touchdown early in the fourth, then Rackers added three more with a 40-yard field goal.

Down six points with 3:30 remaining, the Hawks were on the charge. Five plays later, Seattle was at Arizona’s 27 yard line with two minutes left.

Then things fell apart. Shaun Alexander was tackled for a loss and, after an incomplete pass to the end-zone, Matt Hasselbeck was sacked by former teammate Chike Okeafor to put them at 4th-and-20. Hasselbeck connected with Deion Branch, but Branch fell two yards short of the first down and the Cardinals walked away with a 27-21 victory.

The Hawks can clinch the division with a win over San Francisco when the 49ers head to Seattle for a Thursday night game.

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  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Good recap.

    It should be noted that I picked the Cards to win this one.

  • http://fiveminutebreak.livejournal.com Erynn

    yeah… I just can’t feel confident about this team when they head into a “they should definitely win this one” scenario. Especially this season.

    Good pick on the Cards… and Jacksonville, for that matter!

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Thanks! Too bad I had eight shitty picks to go along with my two good ones… :-/

  • http://fiveminutebreak.livejournal.com Erynn

    Well you’re doing way better than I am this season. Every time I think I know what’s going to happen, all hell breaks loose!

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    This season is nuts… :-/