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Second Half Surge Leads the Cards Over Seattle 31-20

It didn’t look good for the Cardinals as they were down to the Seahawks by 14 midway though the second quarter. But just as fast as you could go to the bathroom and come back, the Cards offense finally got going, and with it the team took care of the Hawks, winning 31-20 to move to 6-3 on the season.

“It wasn’t the prettiest game,” strong safety Adrian Wilson said, “but it wasn’t the ugliest game, either. We got the win, ended their season, and we’re happy to get the win.”

The Cardinals were down 17-10 at the half, and the team appeared to be playing down to the Seahawks level. They came out in the second half through, and they put together a huge performance to put up 21 points to put away the now 3-6 Seahawks.

“We actually chewed each other out at halftime, because we were playing down to their level,” defensive end Darnell Dockett said. “Don’t get me wrong, I can’t take nothing from them, but we played down to their level. So we came back here and realized what it would look like to everybody if we lose a game to Seattle, a game we’re supposed to win.”

The big turning point was with the game tied at 17 early in the fourth quarter, the Hawks were at the Cards one and only managed a field goal. The Cards offense got hot, and with a big pass play to Anquan Boldin and then a 13-yard run into the end zone by rookie RB Benie Wells, and Cards were ahead to stay 24-20.

Then it was time for Kurt Warner to find his favorite target – Larry Fitzgerald, on an 18-yard score to put the game away. The defense made sure of it with a pair of picks of the Hawks that closed the game out. “I’m proud that we were able to come out in the second half and have our defense hold them to three points and for our offense to respond the way they did,” Ken Whisenhunt said. “Hopefully that’s a sign of us growing up a little bit.”

Wells had his best day as a pro, going for 85 yards on 16 carries and scored his first touchdown, a 10-yard run, on fourth-and-1. Warner completed 29 of 38 passes for 340 yards, and the running game produced 122 yards on 30 carries.

“Even though we gave up a lot of yards, our defense made some great plays and our offense got rolling,” Whisenhunt said. “When our team operates together, especially like we did in the second half, we’re a tough team to beat.”

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