TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals always seem to bring out the best in Shaun Alexander.

The powerhouse back gained 173 yards in 23 carries, including touchdown runs of 88 and 14 yards, and the Seattle Seahawks won their fourth in a row by beating the Cardinals 33-19.

The 88-yard run, on the first play of the second half, tied the franchise record Alexander set against Oakland on Nov. 11, 2001. In the last three games against Arizona, Alexander gained 467 yards and scored nine touchdowns.

Neil Rackers kicked field goals of 23, 31, 50 and 44 for the Cardinals (2-6) and is 26-for-26 this season.

Kurt Warner, replacing Josh McCown as starting quarterback, completed 29 of 48 passes for 334 yards and a touchdown. He threw three interceptions and was sacked four times.

The first two picks, by Marcus Trufant and Kelly Herndon, led to 10 Seattle points. The third, by Jordan Babineaux, stopped an Arizona drive late in the fourth quarter.

Matt Hasselbeck, picked off four times in a 25-17 loss at Sun Devil Stadium a year ago, was 13-for-20 for 158 yards. He passed for a touchdown, ran for another and was not intercepted.

Seattle (6-2) pulled out of reach with a 12-play, 93-yard drive that used up 6:50 of the fourth quarter. Alexander’s 14-yard run capped the drive to give Seattle its 33-19 lead.

Arizona Pro Bowl defensive end Bertrand Berry left the field with an apparent shoulder injury with 9:44 to play.

The teams exchanged field goals on their first possessions, then the Seahawks took the lead for good.

Trufant intercepted Warner’s pass to give Seattle the ball at Cardinals 48. Alexander had runs of 19 and 10 yards to set up Hasselbeck’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Joe Jurevicius and Seattle led 10-3.

After Rackers’ 31-yard field goal cut it to 10-6, the Seahawks scored late in the half. Hasselbeck threw a 46-yard sideline pass to Jerheme Urban to the Cardinals 13. Hasselbeck ran 1 yard for the score with 43 seconds left in the half.

On the first play in the second half, Alexander broke loose on the 88-yard touchdown run. After reaching the secondary, the Seahawks’ cut back to elude safety Adrian Wilson, and outran everyone the rest of the way.

Herndon stepped in front of intended receiver Larry Fitzgerald to pick off Warner’s throw at the Arizona 10. The defense held, and Josh Brown’s 28-yard field goal put Seattle up 27-9.

Warner finally got Arizona into the end zone on a 14-play, 80-yard drive. He threw 6 yards to Johnson in the back of the end zone with 35 seconds to go in the third quarter.

Warner’s 63-yard pass to tight end Eric Edwards set up Rackers’ fourth field goal, a 44-yarder that made it 27-19.

AP-ES-11-06-05 1929EST


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