The refs mistake didn’t cost Arizona the game, or it would have been the subject of a lot more discussion afterward.
‘‘I'll ask for clarification from the league about that rule,’’ Whisenhunt said, ‘‘but I thought that in the rule book it says that in the last two minutes of a half, if a player is injured then you have a timeout, they take that timeout. That’s what I thought.’’
He was right.
Leon Washington had an 83-yard kickoff return and 52-yard punt runback to set up 10 points for Seattle in what was mostly a penalty-laced defensive struggle.
One of Arizona’s biggest plays came in the third quarter, when Russell tossed the ball to Lynch, who was hit hard by linebacker Sam Acho. The ball came loose on what initially was ruled an incomplete pass. Whisenhunt challenged, and after a review it was reversed and called a lateral. Paris Lenon had recovered and returned it to the Seattle 17, and Jay Feely’s 31-yard field goal put the Cardinals ahead 13-3.
Washington took the subsequent kickoff 83 yards and Wilson threw over the middle to Rice for the rookie quarterback’s first NFL touchdown pass.
On the first play after the Seattle kickoff, Skelton attempted to throw the ball away, but Sherman made a tiptoe interception on the sideline at the Arizona 34. That set up Hauschka’s 47-yard field goal that tied it 13-13.
Washington’s long punt return set up Hauschka’s go-ahead field goal.
Notes: The Cardinals beat Seattle in Arizona for the second game. They won last season’s finale in OT. ... Arizona’s 6-foot-8 Calais Campbell deflected Hauschka’s 50-yard field goal try, his sixth career block. He blocked three FGs last season. ... Skelton was 3 of 11 for 25 yards in the second half.
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