Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes and the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Arizona Cardinals 34-22 to start a National Football League season with six wins and one loss for the first time.
The Seahawks logged their first victory in three visits to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, to hand the Cardinals (3-4) their only defeat in three home games this season. The win gives the Seahawks, who had lost six of their previous seven games at the Cardinals, the best record in the National Football Conference.
Wilson threw touchdown passes of 31 yards to Sidney Rice and 15 yards to Zach Miller to give Seattle a 14-0 lead 89 seconds into the second quarter against its NFC West rival.
Arizona cut the deficit on a 49-yard field goal by Jay Feely and a three-yard run for a touchdown by Rashard Mendenhall before Steven Hauschka kicked a season-long 51-yard field goal five seconds before halftime to make it 17-10 for Seattle.
Feely made it 17-13 on the second drive of the third quarter with a field goal from 52 yards, his longest of the season.
Seattle moved to a 24-13 lead on a one-yard touchdown pass by Wilson to Kellen Davis. The Seahawks regained possession at Arizona’s 1-yard line after Brandon Browner returned an interception of a Carson Palmer pass 47 yards. Marshawn Lynch drove into the end zone two plays later to leave Arizona trailing 31-13 with one quarter remaining.
After each team kicked a field goal, Palmer found rookie Jaron Brown in the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown to leave the Cardinals 12 points behind after they failed with a two-point conversion attempt.
Arizona’s chances ended when Palmer failed to convert a fourth-and-three play with 24 seconds remaining.