The Seattle Seahawks used a strong first drive and one huge play to jump all over the Arizona Cardinals, 17-10. After Arizona drove the length of the field for a touchdown to open the game, the Seahawks answered, driving 77 yards in 12 plays, ending with a Marshawn Lynch touchdown. After the teams traded field goals, Matt Hasselbeck found Deon Butler on a deep crossing route and Butler did the rest. A quick cutback on the sideline and a nice seal from tight end John Carlson sprung Butler's 64 yard touchdown on the catch and run.
Hasselbeck had a strong, efficient half, throwing for 273 yards and a touchdown. Marshawn Lynch added eight yards and a touchdown on the ground. Mike Williams led all receivers with 91 yards, including 53 on the Seahawks' first possession.
Derek Anderson was also efficient, completing 10 of 16 passes for 162 yards. Tim Hightower rushed for 33 yards and a score in the first half. Larry Fitzgerald caught three passes for 34 yards. Steven Breaston added 89 yards in the receiving game.
A strong drive by the Seahawks to end the half stalled deep in Arizona territory, ending with a failed fourth down sneak by Hasselbeck. Instead of a two-score game, the Seahawks headed to halftime up a touchdown in a decision that's sure to be second guessed.
Hasselbeck left to the locker room just before the half, with trainers looking at the thumb on his non-throwing hand. It appeared he had it jammed, though he didn't seem to be too worried about it. Charlie Whitehurst took the last snap of the half, taking a knee.