Seahawks 31, Cardinals 24
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) _ Rust? What Rust?
Warren Moon, seeing game action for the first time since he ended his holdout Aug. 12, beat Arizona’s young secondary for two long touchdown passes in the second quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks held on to defeat the Cardinals 31-24 on Saturday night.
The Seahawks had a 31-7 lead until Arizona’s Jake Plummer threw an 18-yard TD pass to Rob Moore with 1:02 left in the second quarter.
Plummer, who completed his first 11 passes, also had an 18-yard scoring toss to Larry Centers in the third period.
But the comeback attempt fell short when Seattle (3-1) kept Arizona (1-2) out of the end zone from then on, allowing only Joe Nedney’s 48-yard field goal with 4:55 remaining.
Carl Hansen sacked Plummer for 9 yards with six seconds left, forcing him to try a 55-yard desperation pass into the end zone on the game’s last play. It bounced off Chris Gedney amid several Seattle defenders.
Seahawks third-stringer Jon Kitna chewed up the clock to ensure the victory, completing a 19-yard pass to Bobby Shaw on third-and-6 with just under three minutes to play.
The 42-year-old Moon was 8-for-15 for 202 yards in one half of action, while Plummer, a 23-year-old who played at Arizona State, finished 28-for-40 for 322 yards.
Moon’s scoring strikes covered 55 yards to James McKnight and 69 to Joey Galloway. Darrin Smith returned a fumble 35 yards for another Seattle TD, and Ricky Watters scored on a 1-yard dive.
Todd Peterson accounted for the other Seahawks scoring with a 21-yard field goal.
Adrian Murrell scored Arizona’s first points on a 1-yard run.
The Seahawks scored 17 points during a 10 1/2-minute span of the first and second quarters while Plummer was on the bench.
Coach Vince Tobin, who wanted Plummer to work both two-minute drills, inserted Dave Brown after Corey Chavous intercepted a tipped pass by Moon with 3:06 left in the first.
The Cardinals went three-and-out, but Scott Player punted to Seattle’s 2.
Moon got room with a 5-yard pass to Mack Strong and a 14-yard throw to Mike Pritchard, and a few plays later found McKnight yards ahead of Arizona’s Ty Howard for the TD that broke a 7-7 tie 1:03 into the second period.
Just 1:27 later, Eric Stokes jarred the ball loose from Mario Bates of the Cardinals, and Smith scooped it up on the first bounce and raced to the end zone. Tobin sent Plummer back in after Peterson’s field goal with 7:27 left in the half, but Michael Sinclair sacked Plummer on successive plays to stop the possession.
On the second play after the punt, Moon hit Galloway between Kwamie Lassiter and J.J. McCleskey for the 69-yard score.