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First quarter

Peephole perspective: Charlie Whitehurst gets the start, and gets the Seahawks a first-possession TD with a 4-yard pass to Mike Williams. Seahawks 7-0.

Player of the quarter: Whitehurst. He was 5 of 5 for 85 yards on the game-opening six-play, 87-yard TD drive. He finished the quarter 8 of 11 for 105 yards and a 132.8 passer rating.

Play of the quarter: The TD was nice, but it was a 61-yard pass play from Whitehurst to WR Ruvell Martin that gave the Seahawks a first down at the Rams’ 13.

Number of the quarter: Three. That’s the number of Sam Bradford passes the Seahawks tipped in the quarter.

The bigger picture: Whitehurst started for the Seahawks, who got the ball first when the Rams called tails in the coin toss and it heads.

Whitehurst then completed each of his five passes – to four different receivers – in a six-play, 87-yard drive that was capped by his 4-yard TD pass to Williams. The big play of the possession was a 61-yard pass play from Whitehurst to Martin to the Rams’ 13. But the Seahawks also got a break when Whitehurst was sacked on third down. Rams CB Rob Bartell was flagged for holding WR Ben Obomanu, so the Seahawks got a first-and-goal from the 7. The Seahawks came out aggressive, as Whitehurst operated from the shotgun and with several three- and four-receiver sets. On the TD, Whitehurst rolled to his right and then three back to his left to Williams.

The defense forced a three-and-out on the Rams’ first possession as SS Lawyer Milloy and DT Brandon Mebane combined to stop FB Mike Karney for no gain on a third-and-1 play.

The Seahawks moved into Rams’ territory on their second possession, as RB Justin Forsett ran for 4 yards on third-and-2 and RB Marshawn Lynch broke a 12-yarder to the Rams’ 43. But Whitehurst threw incomplete to Forsett on third-and-17 and the Jon Ryan punted the ball to the Rams’ 10.

The Seahawks then gave up a 20-yard pass play to RB Steven Jackson on the first play of the Rams’ second possession. But the Rams were forced to punt again when DB Jordan Babineaux rejected Bradford’s third-down pass.

After a Seahawks three-and-out, the Seahawks turned in one of the better defensive series of the season as LB Will Herring played off a block to drop WR Laurent Robinson for a 9-yard loss, DT Craig Terrill tipped Bradford’s second-down pass and LB Aaron Curry deflected his third down pass.


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