Answering adversity

Published on November 15, 2010 by     Tacoma News Tribune (Feed)

Mike Williams catching 11 passes for 145 yards on Sunday was impressive enough.

But the Seahawks’ wide receiver setting a career-high total for yardage and matching his career-best in receptions nudges toward the ridiculous when you consider what happened to Williams in practice on Thursday,

“I saw the bone come through Mike’s finger at practice,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said after the game. “That was not a good way to start that practice.

“It’s just dealing with adversity. It comes for all teams and it’s really what you do with it. It’s not if it comes, it’s when it comes.”

These two were quite the pair in the Seahawks’ 36-18 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Williams with his mangled pinkie on his right hand; Hasselbeck with a large protective device on his left wrist in the second half after cracking a bone on a quarterback sneak late in the second quarter.

While in the locker room awaiting the results of the X-rays on his wrist, Hasselbeck was listening to the plays offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates was sending in for backup Charlie Whitehurst on the receiver in his helmet.

“It’s not a good way to watch a game, or listen to a game, just hearing the plays with no nothing,” Hasselbeck said.

He also was being fitted for the protective device on his wrist, taking mock snaps and wondering.

“I didn’t think I could go. I really didn’t,” said Hasselbeck, who missed last week’s game against the New York Giants because of the concussion he got while being sacks a career-high eight times the previous week against the Oakland Raiders.

“In my mind, I was like, ‘There’s no way.’ ”

In his heart, however, Hasselbeck found a way – just like Williams had after fracturing his pinkie. Hasselbeck finished with 333 yards by completing 22 of 34 passes. He was 17 of 23 for 273 yards in the first half, 3 of 5 for 32 yards after returning midway through the third quarter and 2 of 6 for 28 yards in the fourth quarter.

“I went out there and really just wasn’t sure what I could offer; wasn’t sure if I could make it happen,” Hasselbeck said. “But I just felt guys – my teammates – really stepped up and made spectacular plays.”

Like Williams, who turned in a falling, reaching, one-hander against tight coverage from Cardinals’ Pro Bowl strong safety Adrian Wilson – with that right hand with the damaged digit.

“It was one of those plays where you just try to make a play,” Williams said. “The ball’s kind of out of reach and you just make an attempt at it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. That was one of the plays where it did.”

Williams was so nonchalant is discussing the play someone finally asked if he has surprised himself.

“Yeah, of course,” he said. “And more so just for the situation.”

Ah, the situation. It was a second-and-20 play that followed a holding call and an incomplete pass midway through the fourth quarter – after the Cardinals had scored to cut the Seahawks’ lead to 29-18.

Williams’ finger hurt, and so did Hasselbeck’s wrist. But it didn’t matter. They were determined to make a play.

“They were taped together, so it really wasn’t that big of a deal,” Williams said when asked about the finger and its part in that play. “When you have a game like this and they’re making a run late, it’s going to take an out-of-the-ordinary play and I was just fortunate enough to make it.”

An out-of-the-ordinary play from a couple of out-of-the-ordinary players.

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