The Seattle Seahawks were the hard luck losers in a hard fought game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, losing 20-16. Rookie Russell Wilson played well in his first NFL game and should give the Seahawks plenty to look forward to over the upcoming months. Wilson today was 18/34 for 153 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also added 20 more yards on the ground on 8 attempts. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch played fully despite battling a back injury all week. Lynch carried the ball 21 times for 85 yards. Wide-out Sidney Rice played well Sunday, catching 4 passes for 36 yards and a touchdown. Edwards also played well catching 5 balls for 43 yards.
The Seahawks battled all the way down to the wire with the Cardinals today. Kevin Kolb entered the game in the fourth for the Cardinals and led the team downfield to score a go-ahead touchdown. Seattle then drove down the field to the Cardinals 4 yard line, aided by two pass interference penalties. Once there, quarterback Russell Wilson threw three straight incompletions and the Cardinals were able to hold on for the victory, sending Seattle to an opening day loss.
An additional note to the game, the replacement referees made their first major mistake of the year today, awarding Seattle an additional timeout when the team had none remaining. Referee Bob Hermansen issued a statement following the game saying that he made a mistake. “It was my error,” he said. “We gave them (the Seahawks) 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 the additional timeout.” This will be a situation to monitor during the season with the referees, however, it is good to see that they admitted to making a mistake.
The Seahawks take on the 1-0 Cowboys next week at home.