Arizona Spoils Seahawks Homecoming

 

The Arizona Cardinals crashed the Seattle Seahawks housing warming party last Sunday .

The Seahawks billed the occasion as the real unveiling of Seahawks Stadium.

This was supposed to be the first regular home season game. A sellout, a garden party , an afternoon delight for  the 63,104  fans in attendance and a television audience.  This was supposed to be quarterback Trent Dilfer's coming out party after being sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury

The visiting Cardinals looked like they were willing to play the part of the gracious and courteous guest, after running four plays and punting in their first offensive series.

 The Seahawks looked like they were on their way to having a block party after a 46-yard field put them up 3-0 with 9 minutes and 13 seconds gone in the first quarter.

It looked like the roof would be raised and the fans would be dancing in the isles when Quarterback Trent Dilfer hit Tigh End Itula Mili on a one yard touchdown pass to give the Hawks a 10-3 halftime lead.

Dilfer's numbers at half looked promising; 14 completed passes on 18 attempts, 178 yards passing and one touchdown.

 

After a halftime chat, the Cardinals decided it was time to forgo the gracious visitor role. It was time to make themselves feel at home.

Arizona Head Coach Dave McGinnis said the team talked at halftime and decided it was time to take it to the Seahawks.

"It was just a mindset, and the mindset came from our players and our coaching staff at halftime, I ‘ve never felt it so strong like that, where they just said give it to us, put it on our back, and let us take it to them." McGinnis said after the game.

After receiving the second half kickoff the Zona offense got busy.

Arizona quarter back Jake Plummer hit Wide out David Boston for a 14-yard gain and then running back

Thomas Jones scored on a 58-yard run to tie the game at 10all

"That was a huge play in the ball game. That broke the thing wide open, and softened them up a little bit." Said Arizona Head Coach Dave McGinnis when asked about the play.

Thomas finished the game with 24 carried and a 173 yards rushing.

The Seahawks looked like they might make a game of it when Ryan Lindel kicked a 19-yard field goal to give the home team a 13 to 10 lead.

Arizona Kick Return specialist MarTay Jenkins took the ensuing kickoff and ran 95 yard for a touchdown.

Arizona17 Seattle10.

After an ineffective offensive series by Seattle, Arizona iced the game when quarterback Jake Plummer hit wide out Frank Sanders with 3: 22 seconds to play.

Final score Arizona 24 Seattle 10.

The loss was a crushing blow for not only the players but also to the fans according to Seahawk Head Coach Mike Holmgren, "I really wanted to win the ballgame for the fans, because they turned out and that they were noisy and it was good. That's the way it should be all the time. We just have to do our part now and start winning some games at home".

 


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