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Cardinals Late FG Pushes Them in the Win Column, 23-20 over Seattle

Dockett celebrates the win

This was the type of game that for years the Cardinals would lose.  But now it’s 2007, and the Cards are a new team with a new coach and new attitude, and on Sunday vs the best in the West – the Seahawks, the Cards turned all that bad luck into a last second win.  A last second field goal by Neil Rackers from 42 yards gave the Cards a 23-20 win over the Seahawks, lifting their 2007 mark to 1-1.  It could be 2-0 if they would have known how to play 2-minute defense, but they don’t and that’s in the past.  Now the Cards can celebrate a great home win, complete with a 17-0 lead they saw go away quickly, but then a solid comeback at the end that ended with Rackers getting the game winning kick.

Seattle did have their shots, as they were at the Cardinals 36 with 1:55 left, but a bump between Matt Hasslebeck and Shaun Alexander on an attempted handoff allowed the ball to squirt free, and the Cardinals Darnell Dockett finally fell on it, giving Arizona the ball to set up the game-winning drive.  “The ball bounces funny sometimes, and we’ll take whatever we can get,” quarterback Matt Leinart said. “That was just great to see, because we finally got a break in the end.”  The Cardinals outplayed the Seahwaks most of the day, so in the end you can say that they got what they deserved, which was a hard fought win.

Edgerrin James rushed for 128 yards on 24 carries, and Leinart completed 23 of 37 for 299 yards and a touchdown.  The offensive line also did a great job vs the Hawks, holding them basically in check while allowing James room to run and Leinart time to throw.  For now, the Cards will take it.  They can use this win to build on, and it should give them some heavy confidence heading into week three vs Baltimore on the road.  “Each win in this league is priceless,” Berry said.


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