For a short time it looked like the usual story for the Seahawks, slow start, other team gets big lead and the Hawks come back in the second half. This time the Arizona Cardinals did not follow the script.
Down 17-0 toward the end of the second quarter, Matt Hasselbeck found Nate Burleson for a 24 yard touchdown pass. When Lofa Tatupu intercepted a pass in the third quarter to set up a Shaun Alexander touchdown run, it was clear the momentum had shifted in favor of the Seahawks. The Hawks pulled ahead with two Josh Brown field goals.
In the fourth quarter, Cardinal kicker Neil Rackers hit a 56 yard field goal, he had previously missed one at that yardage early in the game. The Seahawks got the ball back and marched down field with smart clock management seemingly on the verge of setting up a game winning field goal. It was not to be as a stunning miscommunication between Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander caused the Hawks to fumble and lose the ball. The Hawk defense could not pull through and Neil Rackers ended the game with a 42 yard field goal.