Post Game Reaction: Cardinals Beat Seahawks 31-20 With Second Half Effort

Just as the headline states, the Arizona Cardinals were able to come back after trailing early in the game. In the first quarter the Cardinals found themselves going for a 4th and 1 at the 1 yard line. Tim Hightower wasn't able to get in the end zone as they turned the ball over on downs. Immediately after, the Seahawks marched 99 yards after Bryant McFadden allowed a 53 yard pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Justin Forsett ran the ball 11 yards to give them the 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, a breakdown in coverage allowed a wide open John Carlson to score a 31 yard touchdown pass, giving the Seahawks a commanding 14-0 lead. Kurt Warner and the Cardinals offense came back in the hurry up, and threw a 28 yard touchdown to a wide open Steve Breaston. The Seahawks added a field goal and the Cardinals would've scored another touchdown had Mike Gandy not held onto a defender during a would-be Steve Breaston touchdown. In the Second half, a different Cardinals team showed up that was balanced. Beanie Wells got the bulk of the second half carries and took advantage, scoring two rushing touchdowns, one being on a 4th and 1. The final score came early in the 4th quarter when Kurt Warner found Larry Fitzgerald who dove for the touchdown, putting the Cardinals up 31-20. Two Matt Hasselbeck interceptions later and the Cardinals won the game. Here's some positives and negatives from the game.

The Positives

- Kurt Warner was once again spot on, completing 29 of 38 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns. He was finally able to put together a good home performance. Warner had an even more impressive stat, which was not turning the ball over or getting sacked.

- Beanie Wells showed up as the rookie the Cardinals drafted, bringing explosive play and putting the Cardinals up late in the second half. He didn't get over 100 rushing yards but appeared to gain positive yardage anytime the Cardinals handed the ball off to him. He ended the day with 85 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

- The protection from the offensive line was excellent, not allowing any sacks on the day. They gave Warner plenty of time in the pocket and opened up big rushing lanes for Wells.

- The Cardinals defense buckled down in the second half, only allowing 3 points, but more importantly picked off Matt Hasselbeck late to ice the game.

- The Cardinals finally won at home. It had been a few weeks and things weren't looking bright after getting killed by the Panthers only three weeks ago. They gave the fans something to feel better about and got the proverbial monkey off their back.

The Negatives

- Penalties were horrendous. They ended a few drives and gave the Seahawks good field position at times. The Cardinals ended the day with 11 penalties for 136 yards. The Cardinals need to play smart and limit penalties, as they can dramatically change games.

- First half defense disappeared. The Cardinals defesne in the first half couldn't stop Seattles young, second year running back, Justin Forsett. Speed backs have been their weakness and facing Chris Johnson in two weeks has me worried.

- Mike Gandy's holding called killed a potential second touchdown to Steve Breaston. Gandy has had problems with penalties this year and his future is not bright in Arizona.

That's really the only negatives that I can think of to be honest. The game was closer then the score showed but the Cardinals came through when they needed to. They also didn't turn the ball over once or allow a sack, which is rare in Cardinal-land. This win puts the Cardinals at a comforting 6-3 record with a road game in St. Louis next week. What are your thoughts on the game? 

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