One half wonders
It was Novemeber 10, 2002. Earlier in the season, the Arizona Cardinals marched into Seattle and beat the Seahawks 24-13. Seattle was looking to avenge that loss and get to 3-6 during a dismal injury-plagued season hitting the team hard.
Seahawks kicker Ryan Lindell started off the scoring on the team’s first possession with a 23 yard field goal in the first quarter. Arizona answered back with a field goal of their own via Bill Gramatica from 40 yards out.
Seattle scored again on their second possession on a Shaun Alexander 5 yard rumble through the middle of the defensive line. It was 10-3 Seattle going into the second quarter.
Ryan Lindell struck again to start the second quarter, this time from 30 yards out.
Matt Hasselbeck wanted in on the scoring action, so he flicked a 15 yard pass to Ryan Hannam for a score.
It was now 20-3 Seattle.
Gramatica added another field goal for Arizona, this one from 27 yards. It was now 20-6 Seattle.
Seattle got the ball back before half and drove it down quickly, capping it with another Shaun Alexander touchdown, this one a 1 yard score. It was now 27-6 Seattle going into halftime.
The first half was completely dominated by Seattle who scored on all 5 of their possessions. The second, though, would be a different story for both teams.
Nobody scored in the second half of the game, period.
Arizona had several good drives but kept coming up short, fumbling the ball away in the Seattle redzone 3 times in the second half.
Arizona RB Marcell Shipp had two fumbles, one on the Seattle 5 yard line, the other on the Seattle 1 yard line. Both were recovered by Seattle LB Marcus Bell.
Arizona QB Jake Plummer fumbled a snap on the Seattle 8 and lost that as well.
Hasselbeck was 23/31 for 260 yards and a 1 touchdown. Shaun Alexander had 12 rushed for 42 yards and the 2 scores. Maurice Morris rushed 15 times for 72 yards. Koren Robinson had 7 catches for 96 yards anda 20 yard rush on an end-around.
TE Itula Mili had 4 grabs for 55 yards and bobby Engram had 5 catches for 52 yards.
Jake Plummer was 17/29 for 226 yards and 2 interceptions. Shipp had 16 rushed for 85 yards and those 2 costly fumbles.
Thomas Jones had 11 rushed for 24 yards. Jason McAddley had 5 catches for 113 yards and Frank Sanders had 5 grabs for 62 yards.
Marcus Bell had the 2 fumble recoveries for Seattle, who didn’t register a single sack on Plummer.
Curtis Fuller and Shawn Springs were the benefactors of Plummer’s 2 interceptions.
Russell Davis had the lone Arizona sack, the only highlight on defense for Arizona as Seattle didn’t turn the ball over once.
Seattle would finish the season out at 7-9, behind San Francisco, their last playoff appearance up until this season.