How did the game play out?
Let’s take a look:
The game started with a loud eruption of cheers for the team’s new rookie franchise quarterback taken 10th overall in this year’s draft and the team’s franchise player:
Very loud cheer for Josh Rosen, who is introduced just before Larry Fitzgerald.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 30, 2018
The game opened up with a touchdown drive for Seattle and a LOT of running the ball, so the Cardinals were down early. The first drive for Arizona didn’t go so well.
Then, Rosen seemed to get in a rhythm and took off with some dimes:
No worries. Rosen calmly stands in the pocket, drills Fitzerald for a 16-yard gain and a first down. Cards at Seahawks' 11 as the first quarter ends. That's the 19th different QB to complete a pass to Fitz.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 30, 2018
Josh Rosen has made one, maybe two bad throws in this game. His other incompletions have been drops and a catch that was overturned after review.— Shane Dale (@ShaneDaleABC15) September 30, 2018
And...some rookie decisions.
Josh Rosen is going to hate looking at that 3rd down throw when he gets back to the bench.— Brian Billick (@CoachBillick) September 30, 2018
Had 13 WIDE OPEN in the corner of the end zone. And when I say wide open. I mean. Wide. Open.
But mostly the drops. Oh goodness, the drops...
Another great throw by Rosen wasted with a drop.— Bauer (@MikeJackBauer) September 30, 2018
JJ Nelson SMH
If the Cardinals' receivers could hold onto balls today Rosen's numbers would be a lot better— scott bordow (@sbordow) September 30, 2018
Video of just how wide open JJ Nelson was below:
JJ Nelson's gotta catch this. pic.twitter.com/slYPppp9F5— New Account (@ftbeard_17) September 30, 2018
Ouch. There were probably 7 drops by Arizona receivers today, if not more and that included two from Larry Fitzgerald of all people.
The Cardinals defense ended up taking advantage of Seattle failing to complete third downs through the air and Rosen led a few nice drives, which started to set the crowd alight. The kid looked good.
Josh Rosen 4-of-8 for 38 yards through one quarter, but two of his incompletions were drops and another was almost a spectacular 27-yard TD to Chad Williams. Encouraging start.— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) September 30, 2018
Don’t pay attention to Rosen’s 1st half stats. Without the drops, he’s at 200 yards at least. The kid can play and he’s fearless. Love it.— Dave Pasch (@DavePasch) September 30, 2018
Fantastic throw from Rosen. Ruled incomplete as only 1 foot came down in bounds though pic.twitter.com/HCwDPzHsyY— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) September 30, 2018
Rosen throws a GREAT ball— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) September 30, 2018
That drive was including a David Johnson Touchdown and a record that continues to be set by DJ:
That was David Johnson’s 36th career TD (26 rushing, 9 receiving, 1 KOR) and his 30th in the last 28 games.— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) September 30, 2018
He also had 4 TDs in his last 2 games vs Seahawks (he had 3 rushing on 12/24/16 at SEA)#SEAvsAZ
It also led to one of the funniest referee penalties in quite some time due to the noise factor in State Farm Stadium causing an offsides penalty:
False start, everybody but the center. Gonna remember that one for a while.— Dave Burns (@Burnsy987) September 30, 2018
"False start. Everybody but the center."— Jess Root (@senorjessroot) September 30, 2018
This ref deserves a raise— Seth (@SCoxFB) September 30, 2018
In other comedic terms, after running for a first down, Josh Rosen reached out to a Seahawks player for a hand up.
He was promptly snubbed.
Rookie mistake, maybe?
At halftime, the Cardinals took a lead in at the half for the second week in a row:
You guys, Josh Rosen is good.— Lisa Matthews (@LisaMatthewsAZ) September 30, 2018
He could have had more help, but this offense looks completely different with him at the helm. #AZCardinals lead 10-7 at the half.
The second half began and so, again, did Arizona’s 2nd half offensive woes.
Yes, the drops continued for Arizona, however, no matter how well Rosen played.
It's funny. Rosen has played well, but only 53 yards passing. Those drops have been killers— scott bordow (@sbordow) September 30, 2018
I'll take Cardinal Drops for 500 Alex.— Dave Burns (@Burnsy987) September 30, 2018
Keim deserves plenty of blame... These are his players that can't catch...— Seth (@SCoxFB) September 30, 2018
This is all happening while the majority of Twitter was dunking on how bad Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy’s scheme was:
That would require creativity.— Shane Dale (@ShaneDaleABC15) September 30, 2018
When will Mike McCoy be fired, Kent?— Johnny (@JohnnysFootball) September 30, 2018
At halftime Arizona took a lead for the second week in a row:
The game finally took a turn in the Cards’ favor when Josh Rosen drove the team down the field and finally threw his first career touchdown pass in the National Football League as a member of the Arizona Cardinals to Chad Williams:
Great 22-yard TD pass from Rosen to Chad Williams. Now *that* is Williams' first NFL score, and Rosen's first NFL TD pass. Nice drive from the rookie.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 30, 2018
ROSEN! The rookie throws his first NFL TD to Chad Williams for HIS first NFL TD. Rosen had completions of 31, 30 and 22 yards on that TD drive. Tie game, 9 minutes to go. #12Sports pic.twitter.com/wjmLJdQKfT— Cam La Fontaine (@LaFontaineCam) September 30, 2018
NEWS FLASH: Rosen first TD pass of career set up by a rare GREAT play call from Mike McCoy - a screen pass that perfectly anticipates/exploits blitz from other side_— Dan Bickley (@danbickley) September 30, 2018
But when Rosen’s career with the Cardinals began, one Seahawks player possibly met the end of his.
Earl Thomas on the very above play suffered a severe, serious non-contact leg injury and was carted off the field (flipping off his own sideline as he was doing so)
And Earl Thomas is down and getting carted off with a cast. Exactly why he wanted to get paid. And why no one — NO ONE — should criticize a player wanting to get his when he can.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) September 30, 2018
THIS is why Earl Thomas held out for his money. For those of you too narrow minded to understand the reality of the NFL. Let this picture tell you what words never could. pic.twitter.com/I9bbnXXnyS— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) September 30, 2018
The Cardinals held the lead, but their offense stumbled along the stretch and Seattle climbed back into a tie game.
It came down to Rosen in a 17-10 game to drive the team down the field for a game winning field goal.
And he threw a few dimes as he did so:
In the end, Mike McCoy and Steve Wilks decided to be conservative and run the ball on 3rd and 6 to David Johnson and kick the field goal with Seattle having only one time out left to go up 20-10.
Phil Dawson 45-yard field goal is wide right.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 30, 2018
I feel for Cardinals fans having to deal with the frustration of a Mike McCoy offense.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) September 30, 2018
And of course, the Seahawks did what they do best and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, despite an NFL rookie outplaying a 7 year veteran quarterback in Russell Wilson for the majority of the day.
Conservative play calling will always get you beat— Coximus (@Coximus2) September 30, 2018
Settling for the FG here is dumb
That’s what you get for being wusses and settling for a field goal.— Ryan W (@RyGuyAZ) September 30, 2018
All in all this sums up how fans feel:
Arizona should be 2-2. This coaching staff has coast them 2 wins.— Frank A. DeWitt III (@FrankADeWittIII) September 30, 2018
Does that fit with reality?
Maybe and maybe not. Sure you can obviously say the coaching was what cost them the game, but so did drops, protections, lack of defense and penalties.
But at the end of the day, fans will remember this most of all: the coaches taking the ball out of his hands after he had such an impressive day and the team ended up in a loss:
So upset - Rosen was hot on that drive made some great passes and you hand off three times and take the ball out of his hands. Awful job by McCoy no wonder he was canned mid season in Denver. That was garbage Mike.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) September 30, 2018
If you aren't impressed with what you've seen from Josh Rosen today, you either don't know football or are blind.— Adam Green (@theAdamGreen) September 30, 2018
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