Cardinals defeat Seattle Seahawks 20-16, stay undefeated

Sept. 9, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) attempts to throw the ball in the fourth quarter against Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

1-0!

The Arizona Cardinals defeated the Seattle Seahawks in a closely contested 2012 NFL season opening game.

Hit the jump for details from the game.

It was a shaky day for the offense. QB John Skelton got the call for the start, and gave Cardinals fans everywhere hope for the future when he led the Cards on a TD scoring drive in the 2nd Quarter (Larod Stephens Howling got the score, rushing up the middle for a 1 yard gain to put 6 on the board). Unfortunately, the 2nd Half proved difficult for Skelton and the Cardinals offense, as they gained no 1st Downs. Skelton also had to come out of the game with a right ankle injury in the 4th quarter, ending his performance at 14-28 for 149 yards, and 1 interception. Luckily for the team, his backup, Kevin Kolb, came in to the game, and immediately led the Cardinals on another TD scoring drive, going 6-8 for 66 yards, and even throwing a TD pass of his own (A 6 yard throw to WR Andre Roberts). With Skelton out for the foreseeable future, Kolb will most probably be the new starting QB.

The Cardinals defense was a main reason for the win. Ray Horton's Defense managed to control the Russel Wilson-led offense, keeping them to 5-16 on 3rd Downs, a main factor in the win. Wilson managed to go 18-34 for 153 yards in his rookie debut game, although Adrian Wilson welcomed the rookie to the NFL by intercepting him at the very end of the 1st Half. LB Paris Lenon had a dominating performance, sacking Wilson twice, with fellow LB Daryl Washington bringing one in too. In a game that was marred by a shake offense, the defense managed to keep the team in the game.

One of the biggest factors in the Seahawks comeback in the 2nd Half was the special teams. Leon Washington returned 3 KR's for a total of 133 yards, and 56 yards on PR's, reviving the slacking Seahawks team. On the Cardinals side, Larod Stephens-Howling 1 KR for 22 yards, with Patrick Peterson bringing in 4 punts for 37 yards.

Next week, the Cardinals travel to New England to take on a talented Patriots team. They definitely will not be able to make the same mistakes they made today against the reigning defending AFC Championships.

Let's just hope Kolb and the Cardinals can keep the the losses down to 0.

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