Aug 30, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks for an open receiver during the 1st half against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Seahawks Vs. Cardinals: Late Touchdown Gives Arizona The Win

The Cardinals got a late touchdown from Kevin Kolb for 20-16 win over the Seahawks.

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Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb Is 'Ready To Go'

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is excited to play again, after John Skelton's fourth quarter injury gave Kolb the opportunity to drive his team to the winning touchdown in a 20-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. Kolb was interviewed on Phoenix's KTAR Monday and talked about coming into the game late and the feeling throwing the winning touchdown brought him:

"I just got chills because the last thing you ever want to do is let your team down and them lose confidence in you and you not show up for them. To be able to do that for our guys and for our team, it meant a lot for me and the way they reacted after the touchdown and the things they said afterwards in the locker room and to the media, it just shows the camaraderie that we have in our locker room."

Kolb also said in the same interview "there is no time to sulk" in the NFL and that the league is "full of surprises." Kolb can surprise people this week with an excellent showing and a win - the Cardinals travel to Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots on Sunday, at 1 p.m. ET.

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Seahawks Vs. Cardinals, Week 1: Arizona Wins Rivalry Game Despite Spots Of Poor Play

Arizona Cardinals fans have to feel at least two things after their team's 20-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. Relieved and thrilled for the Arizona defense and Kevin Kolb, both who manned up when called upon to make key plays late in the game. And justified in that the officials blew a call that gave the Seahawks an extra timeout and more chances to win at the end.

As Revenge of the Birds contributor Skii writes, there are things to improve on, such as developing a better rhythm on offense and better special teams coverage after the Seahawks got some momentum with their returns in the second half.

One of the biggest factors in the Seahawks comeback in the 2nd Half was the special teams. Leon Washington returned 3 KR's for a total of 133 yards, and 56 yards on PR's, reviving the slacking Seahawks team.

Talk about the result with Cardinals fans by checking out Revenge of the Birds, and discuss the result with Seahawks fans by going to Field Gulls. Hit up the SB Nation NFL hub for more comprehensive pro football coverage.


Seahawks Vs. Cardinals, Week 1: Seattle-Arizona Is Intense Rivalry

have There certainly was no sense of an easy home team victory going into Sunday's Seattle Seahawks-Arizona Cardinals game in Glendale, Ariz. In fact, the game hang in the balance until the end, a sign that Arizona-Seattle is turning into a good rivalry in the NFC West.

The Cardinals earned the 20-16 win with their defense. They stopped rookie quarterback Russell Wilson four times in a row deep in the red zone in the final seconds, and they pressured Wilson and made key stops when most needed.

The Seahawks will need to grow from this loss, especially Wilson. He now knows what he will see in the NFL when the games count. He knows what it feels like to try to win the game in crunch time, even if he failed in his first try. He will look at the game film and see what he could have done better.

The Seahawks' offensive line also will take a lot from this game. Protect Wilson better, and maybe we're talking about a different outcome.

"The Seahawks' offensive line had a tough time protecting Russell Wilson, especially on the interior - which is something that we've talked about here as being absolutely essential for a 5'11 quarterback, and notched 3 sacks, 7 quarterback hits, and three tackles for a loss."

Seahawks fans can be upset and frustrated, but as Danny Kelly at Field Gulls wrote, he isn't panicking just yet.

"But, for me anyway, many of the issues are coachable and scheme manageable, particularly with protection on offense and the pressure packages on defense, and some of the sluggishness on the part of the offense can and should be attributable to the fact that this was Russell Wilson's first NFL start.


Russell Okung Injury: Seahawks OL Hurts Knee

The Seattle Seahawks offensive line might have suffered a significant loss when Russell Okung went down in the final two-minute drive for the Seahawks. Okung went down to the ground midway through the drive and had to limp off the field. Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times reports the Okung injury was originally believed to be an ankle issue, but has now apparently become a knee problem. Head coach Pete Carroll remains mum on the severity of the injury.

This is Okung's third significant injury. Okung had ankle injuries in 2010, then tore his pectoral muscle near the end of the 2011 season and was placed on injured reserve. Okung's backup at offensive tackle is Frank Omiyale, as he's listed as the primary backup at tackle on either side of the line. Omiyale was signed by the Seahawks this offseason after being released by the Chicago Bears.

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Seahawks Vs. Cardinals: Referee Mistakenly Gives Extra Timeout To Seattle

All eyes were on the replacement referees in Week 1 of the NFL Season. While there weren't too many issues this weekend, the crew that officiated the Seahawks and Cardinals game in Arizona made a pretty big mistake.

As Seattle drove down the field late in the fourth quarter, referee Bruce Hermansen granted the Seahawks an extra timeout. The crew gathered and began deliberations, delaying play with about 90 seconds remaining on the game clock. After about five minutes of review the crew came back with the wrong answer and ruled Seattle had one timeout remaining.

Here is what head referee Bruce Hermansen had to say following the conclusion of the game, which Arizona won 20-16.

"It was my error. We gave them (SEA) the additional timeout because of the incomplete pass stopping the clock before the injury occurred. When in effect, the clock has no bearing on the play at all, whether it's stopped or running, we should not have given them (SEA) the additional timeout."

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Replacement Refs Give Seattle Seahawks A Fourth Timeout

The Seattle Seahawks had one timeout left when Doug Baldwin was injured on an incomplete pass in the end zone. They then ran the ball with Marshawn Lynch and took a timeout, despite all the scoreboards and graphics saying they had none left. You see, the injury to Doug Baldwin should've resulted in a forced timeout -- incomplete pass or not -- but instead, the replacement referees awarded Seattle an apparent fourth timeout.

This was the NFL's version of a Chris Webber moment, and everyone was confused. In fact, the refs had to huddle up, call up to the booth and talk about the problem for a good five minutes to try to sort it out. Even if the Seahawks didn't have a timeout left, they were given the equivalent of one with the delay.

And then the refs stammered over the decision, because that seems to be par for the course.

You know how you can tell when someone is trying to BS you? Yeah, that meter is beeping real loud listening to the explanation. Don't lie to me, sir. You can't fool me.

My favorite part is Mike Pereira basically screaming "THAT'S WRONG YOU GUYS ARE IDIOTS WRONG WRONG WRONG."

Gonna be a fun season, y'all.

For more on the Seattle Seahawks check out Field Gulls, while Revenge Of The Birds has all things Cardinals.


Seahawks Vs. Cardinals Game Recap: Arizona Defeats Seattle, 20-16

The Arizona Cardinals defeated the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's season opener, 20-16. The Cardinals took an early 10-point lead before squandering it in the second half, only to rally for a go-ahead touchdown with five minutes left in the game.

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson had a mostly rough NFL debut for Seattle, but Arizona quarterback John Skelton -- who left the game with an injury in the fourth quarter -- wasn't much better. However, Cardinals backup quarterback Kevin Kolb saved the game for the home team by completing a solid fourth-quarter drive.

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The big winner: Kevin Kolb

Kolb took over for Skelton with the Cardinals at their own 32-yard line with 8:13 remaining in the game. Kolb proceeded to complete 6-of-8 passes for 66 yards on the drive, which was capped by a six-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Andre Roberts. The Cardinals' offense had stalled under Skelton, who was 14-of-28 for 149 yards and an interception. Whether or not Skelton's injury will keep him out of next week's game might be irrelevant considering Kolb's performance to close out the game.

The big loser: Replacement officials

The officials botched a timeout call by the Seahawks, as there was confusion as to whether or not they actually had one remaining. As such, the game was delayed for several minutes. And, while the Seahawks may or may not have had a timeout left, it didn't really matter, as the clock stopped anyway. Luckily for the Cardinals, they were able to stop the Seahawks on consecutive plays following the delay.

Russell Wilson's debut

The highly touted rookie out of Wisconsin struggled in his first regular season game, though he did improve a bit as the game wore on. He completed 18 of 34 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown, but also threw an interception and lost a fumble. Most importantly, he was unable to lead the Seahawks to the end zone in their final drive, despite moving fairly deep into Arizona territory with the help of a couple of pass interference calls.

Did they cover?

Seattle came in as anywhere from a one- to three-point favorite. So, if you put your money on Arizona, you are a winner.

What's up next?

The Seahawks will head home for Week 2 to host the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 16. Meanwhile, the Cardinals will travel east to face the New England Patriots on the same day.

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Richard Sherman Hauls In Amazing Interception

John Skelton was just trying to throw the ball away. Nobody was open, and Skelton was just trying to deliver the ball to the Seahawks bench, but Richard Sherman had other ideas. The result was an amazing interception.

Look at Sherman's body control as he makes the catch.


The play was reviewed and confirmed. A reverse angle showed him dragging his toes, just barely, as he fell out of bounds. It might just be the best interception you see in quite a while.

For more on the Seattle Seahawks check out Field Gulls, while Revenge Of The Birds has all things Cardinals.


Russell Wilson Connects With Sidney Rice For His First Regular Season Touchdown

Russell Wilson's fantastic preseason has not made for a seamless transition to football that actually counts. Nevertheless, he has shown some of the same traits that had so many excited about his debut season, especially on this touchdown pass to Sidney Rice in the third quarter of the Seattle Seahawks' Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals.


Wilson read the defense prior to the snap, made adjustments and went through his reads to find a leaping Sidney Rice on a crossing route in the end zone. That is the first regular season touchdown for Wilson, and a rare healthy appearance by Rice.


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