SEATTLE – This was the day the Cardinals needed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
to be a first-round draft pick. They needed Ralph Brown to be the veteran safety net.
They got both, a big reason Arizona hung on to a 26-20 win over the Seahawks.
Rodgers-Cromartie came up with his first two career interceptions, including the pick that sealed the victory with 1:55 left. Brown had made the big play on Seattle's previous possession, knocking away a third-down pass intended for Deion Branch that quickly ended a potential drive.
"I have been (in the league) nine years, and that is what the Cardinals brought me in for, to do my job," said Brown, who also made a nice play to break up a bo,mb to Koren Robinson earlier. "I have some experience. If they ever bring me in the game and they need me, that's all I want to do, do my job.
"This is what our focus has been. Our backups have to prepare like starters, and if someone goes down, we don't want any drop-off."
The Cards will eventually need more from Rodgers-Cromartie, given his draft status. He was already pushing Eric Green for a starting role regardless of Green's knee injury. But the coaching staff had brought him along slowly.
That gave way to necessity Sunday when Green could only play special teams and Hood's bad ribs forced him from the game. His first interception didn't mean much because quarterback Kurt Warner threw his own a few plays later. But Rodgers-Cromartie's second meant everything.
"The last play, it was like a dream come true," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "It's something I'll remember for a long time."
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he was concerned about the cornerback position but praised both Rodgers-Cromartie and Brown.
"I thought we adapted well," Whisenhunt said. "If you want to be a playoff team, that's what you have to have."
Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was not happy with the hit Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson laid on him during a second-quarter sack, and told Wilson such.
"He said, 'Good hit but be expecting something in the mail,' " Wilson said, a