GLENDALE, Ariz. – There is perhaps nothing more frustrating than when a player does his job and still gets beat.
That’s what happened to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium in a 34-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
When Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught his second touchdown pass of the day, a 38-yarder from Kurt Warner that gave the Cardinals a 21-14 lead over the Seahawks, Trufant threw down his hands in disgust.
After all, Trufant was right there, blanketing Fitzgerald the entire time. But even with his hand between Fitzgerald’s, the Pro Bowl receiver who leads the NFC in receptions hauled in the pass.
“His actions kind of speak for themselves,” Trufant said. “He is a big-time receiver and he makes big-time plays. That is why he is a Pro Bowl receiver, because he makes big-time plays when they need them. He did the same thing today. It just comes down to a guy making the play at the moment of truth.”
It wasn’t the only time during the game that Fitzgerald prevailed when he probably should not have. Earlier in the quarter, Trufant was beaten by Fitzgerald for a 50-yard completion despite tight coverage. Another time, Trufant had Fitzgerald covered, forcing Warner to throw high. Fitzgerald reached up and hauled the ball in with one hand. To add insult, the right-hander used his left hand.
Even without Pro Bowl teammate Anquan Boldin on the other side because he was out with an injury, Fitzgerald finished with five receptions for 130 yards.
“He has great skills,” cornerback Kelly Jennings said. “He can go up and make great plays on the ball. And, being the size that he is (6-foot-3, 226 pounds), you have to prepare your mind, study the film and give the best effort you can.”
Which is usually not enough.
Can Holmgren be fined?
Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren had his all-too-familiar red face on display in the fourth quarter, when he was agitated at the officiating crew for what he perceived to be their lack of attention to detail.
“You have meetings with (the officials) before the game and … go over a couple of things in case they happen in the game. We did have that meeting and they acted like they didn’t remember it.
“Kyle (Williams, the starting tackle) got hurt and we put in a young guy who had never played a snap for us. … He was the guy being picked on a bit. I’m going to fight for my guys, even though it’s the last three minutes of my coaching career. I have to check the rule book – I’m not sure if you can get fined after you retire.”
Williams suffered a concussion and was taken to a local hospital. He was able to fly home with the team.
Ready for semi-glory
Safety Deon Grant nearly had a goal line interception that very well could have turned into a 100-yard touchdown – though perhaps not for him.
“It would have been six (points) for Josh (Wilson),” Grant said. “I felt my Achilles’ pull on the play, so I don’t think I would have made it. I would have made it to the 30 or 40 but then I would have pitched it to Josh. Somebody would have scored, it just would not have been me.”
Grant dropped the ball on the play.
Short-yardage back T.J. Duckett scored yet another touchdown, plunging in from 1 yard out in the first quarter to give the Seahawks a 7-0 lead, after which he did his signature biceps flex.
Duckett led the team with seven touchdowns though he had only 62 carries this season.
“It’s nice to be able to contribute when I got in the game,” Duckett said. “Make an impact. You always want to play. We have so many players in that running back room that you just want to play your role. I think everyone … respected that and we did our job to the best of our ability.”
Julius Jones, who got no carries last week against the New York Jets, had two rushes for 6 yards on Sunday.