Players of the game
Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander — 30 carries for 154 yards and three touchdowns.
Seahawks WR Darrell Jackson — six catches for 101 yards.
Seahawks FS Ken Hamlin — game-high 10 tackles, sack, forced fumble, three passes defensed.
Seahawks E Chike Okeafor — nine tackles, two sacks, forced fumble.
Arizona WR Anquan Boldin — seven catches for 107 yards and one touchdown.
Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald — four catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
Arizona LB Gerald Hayes — eight tackles and a forced fumble.
Play of the game
Facing a first-and-20 early at the Arizona 23 in the fourth quarter, Alexander took a handoff off the right side, cut back toward the middle and finished in the left half of the end zone for his third rushing touchdown. It gave Seattle the 24-7 cushion necessary to hang on for the win.
Statistically, Seahawks QB Trent Dilfer didn’t do anything extraordinary. But on a third-and-six late in the fourth quarter, he made the scramble that may have saved the season. Dilfer shook CB Duane Starks on the play and rumbled 7 yards up the left sideline for a first down. Three kneels later, the game ended.
Seahawks: WR Bobby Engram isn’t known for his punt-returning prowess, but his 48-yard return in the second quarter set up the Seahawks’ first TD.
Arizona: RB Emmitt Smith previously set two of his multitude of rushing records against the Seahawks. But the banged-up Seattle defense held him to 65 yards on 23 carries — and no touchdowns.
Seahawks: FB Mack Strong left in the second quarter with a thigh bruise. Heath Evans played the rest of the game at fullback. … QB Matt Hasselbeck did not start because of an elbow injury. … LT Walter Jones limped off the field in the third quarter with a lower left leg injury. He went to the locker room for X-rays, which turned out negative. … SS Michael Boulware left in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, and had an X-ray. He said his ankle felt OK.
Cardinals: LT Leonard Davis left in the third quarter with a knee injury.
By the numbers
0: points allowed by the Seahawks in the second and third quarters.
3: fumbles by Arizona QB Josh McCown.
0: fumbles the Cardinals lost.
27: percentage both teams converted on third downs.
“It feels great, I’m not even going to lie. The blood, sweat and tears that we have been going through. Now, we have a chance to do something special when we get in the playoffs.”
— Engram, on clinching a playoff berth.