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November 23, 2014 at 8:29 PM

7 notable moments from the Seahawks’ 19-3 win over the Cardinals

It was a game the Seahawks had to have, no matter what they said. A home game against the Cardinals, the team with the best record in the NFC, a team in their division?

The Seahawks faced a must-win, and they rose to the occasion with a 19-3 win on Sunday.

(See photos from the game here)

The win puts Seattle at 7-4 and in the thick of the wild-card race, with another huge division game against the archrival 49ers looming on Thanksgiving night.

But first, here are seven notable moments from Sunday’s game:

 

Survivor of Marysville school shooting attends game

From left, Denise Hatch, Emily Oaks, Nate Hatch and Dakota Hayes stand with Blitz, the Seahawks mascot before the game. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

From left, Denise Hatch, Emily Oaks, Nate Hatch and Dakota Hayes stand with Blitz, the Seahawks mascot before the game. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Nate Hatch, the lone survivor of last month’s shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, was on hand for the game. His Twitter feed told the story of a fun day.

Said Carroll after the game:

“It was great to meet Nate. We’ve communicated a little bit, and we’ve been connected to the whole Marysville-Pilchuck school and the kids and all that, and it was great. He was really excited to be down there. His mom was there and all that, so it was really fun to have him. I’m sure he had a big day.”

Several Seahawks, including  running back Marshawn Lynch, visited Marysville-Pilchuck High School last week.

 

Seahawks get on the board after a spirited start by the defense

Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka follows through on his first made field goal. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka follows through on his first made field goal. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

The Seahawks were eager to get off to a good start on Sunday and used a familiar formula to do so: An aggressive, spirited defense and plenty of Lynch on offense (more on him in a moment).

Seattle forced Arizona, playing with backup quarterback Drew Stanton into a three-and-out. When the Seahawks took over, Lynch figured in seven of the nine plays (the others were a pass to Tony Moeaki and the 27-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka).

It was the kind of start that had its roots in a team meeting Carroll had with some key players last week. Read Jerry Brewer’s column about how it sparked what was a statement game for the Seahawks.

 

Byron Maxwell intercepts pass, Seattle settles for another field goal

Seahawks corner back Byron Maxwell intercepts a Drew Stanton pass intended for John Brown. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks corner back Byron Maxwell intercepts a Drew Stanton pass intended for John Brown. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Already leading 6-0 early in the second quarter, the Seahawks got a break when Stanton threw a ball intended for receiver John Brown right into the arms of Byron Maxwell, and the Seahawks took over at the Arizona 48. Unfortunately for Seattle, it could not convert the turnover into a touchdown as Hauschka hit a 52-yard field goal to give the Seahawks a 9-0  lead with 10:09 to go in the first half. (Watch video of the interception here)

The defense puts its stamp on Sunday’s game, and as Larry Stone’s column points out, the unit was feeling the love, and the intensity.

 

Hauschka FG gets blocked, Cardinals get on the board

The Seahawks appeared primed to take control of the game in the second quarter as they took possession at the Arizona 48. But a long run by Russell Wilson that ended inside the Arizona 5 was tempered by a holding call on receiver Jermaine Kearse that put the ball at the Arizona 19. Then, consecutive sacks of Wilson forced the Seahawks to line up for a 49-yard field goal that would add to their 9-0 lead. But the Cardinals were able to burst through and block Steven Hauschka’s attempt with 5:28 left in the first half. (watch video of the block here)

The Cardinals were able to take up just about the entire clock, driving 74 yards in 15 plays and converting a 23-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro with 14 seconds left in the second quarter. Arizona could have gotten more, but a dropped pass in the end zone by wide receiver Jaron Brown on third-and-goal precluded that.

 

Cooper Helfet goes ‘a little WWF’ during blocked punt

Seahawks tight end Cooper Helfet puts a big hit on Cardinals tight end Rob Housler after Housler recovered the ball when Seattle's Deshawn Shead blocked a punt. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks tight end Cooper Helfet puts a big hit on Cardinals tight end Rob Housler after Housler recovered the ball when Seattle’s Deshawn Shead blocked a punt. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

The Seahawks got their second turnover of the day when cornerback DeShawn Shead blocked a Cardinals punt early in the third quarter. The blocked punt was big enough, but it was punctuated by Cooper Helfet’s body-slam tackle of Cardinals tight end Rob Housler, who had fallen on the loose ball. (Watch video here) Said Helfet after the game:

“I just saw the block and I could barely see it. Honestly, I was on the ground. It was kind of like a D-line drill and it rolled, and saw him pick up the ball and I had no idea what I was doing when I made the tackle. … A little WWF in there.”

(Read more about Helfet’s big day in Ryan Divish’s story)

But as has been the case up to that point, the Seahawks sputtered on offense and had to settle for another Hauschka field goal, this one from 40 yards out with 8:34 to go in the third quarter to put Seattle up, 12-3.

 

At last! A touchdown by the Seahawks!

Cooper Helfet makes an acrobatic leap into the end zone to complete his 20-yard touchdown reception. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Cooper Helfet makes an acrobatic leap into the end zone to complete his 20-yard touchdown reception. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

The Seahawks pieced together a nine-play, 75-yard drive that took up 5 minutes 41 seconds. Among the key plays was a 23-yard pass play from Wilson to Lynch (watch video here) and a 15-yard scramble by Wilson on third-and-11.

The drive was capped off by a 20-yard pass from Wilson to Helfet with 52 seconds left in the third quarter. (watch video here)

Bob Condotta puts Wilson’s productive day in perspective in his story here.

 

Lynch’s eventful day

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch rushes for nine yards during the first quarter. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch rushes for nine yards during the first quarter. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

There’s never a dull moment with Lynch, and Sunday’s game was no different (Read Condotta’s recap here). He was the catalyst during the Seahawks’ opening drive and had a big catch on the one possession that led to a touchdown. He also missed two series in the first half for what the team termed a back injury. But Carroll said after the game it was because he was sick.

“He was about ready to throw up on the sidelines, so he had to wait it out.”

After the game, he spoke with the media.  Here’s a snippet of his session, courtesy of Bob Condotta:

”Yeah,” ”maybe,” ”I don’t know,” Marshawn Lynch talks to the media following win over Cardinals Sunday. Nov. 23, 2014

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