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Third quarter

Peephole perspective: An exchange of field goals, and a 10-6 Seattle lead.

Player of the quarter: In a quite quarter, QB Charlie Whitehurst was quietly efficient. He completed 5 of 8 passes for 25 yards and ran once for 3 yards.

Play of the quarter: Following the Seahawks’ field goal, rookie FS Earl Thomas made a diving, one-handed tackle of the Rams’ Danny Amendola on the ensuing kickoff.

Number of the quarter: 24. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (No. 24) had a first-play 24-yard run on the drive to Olindo Mare’s field goal.

The bigger picture: The Rams got the ball first in the second half and moved to their 48, but had to punt when Bradford threw incomplete on first and third downs and CB Marcus Trufant and SS Lawyer Milloy stopped Steven Jackson for 3 yards on second down.

Russell Okung, who left in the second quarter with a sore ankle, was back for the Seahawks’ first possession of the half. But the Seahawks had the ball for only one play, as CB Ron Bartell ripped the ball from the grasp of Lynch and MLB James Laurinaitis recovered at the Seahawks’ 21.

But the defense held, with an assistant from a holding penalty on WR Danny Amendola, and Josh Brown kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 7-6 with 8:59 left in the quarter. On third-and-goal from the 9, Bradford threw the ball out of the end zone as the pocket was collapsing around him.

The Seahawks took the ensuing kickoff and went to work. Lynch helped atone for his fumble by breaking a 24-yard run on the first play. RB Justin Forsett then ran up the middle for 21 yards, from a double-stack formation on both sides. On thid-and-4, Whitehurst passed to WR Mike Williams for 6 yards. Leon Washington then took a short pass, got past S Craig Dahl and went up the sideline for 10 yards. When things stalled, Olindo Mare kicked a 31-yard field goal to cap the 12-play, 62-yard drive to make it 10-6 with 3:04 left in the quarter.

The Seahawks got the ball right back as the defense forced another three-and-out – the fifth in nine possessions for the Rams. Thomas, the rookie from Texas, set the tempo with a diving, one-handed tackle of Danny Amendola on the kickoff that followed Mare’s field goal.


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