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Quarter notes: First

Walter Thurmond, Bobby Wagner

In a nutshell: The Cardinals got the ball first, but the Seahawks scored first on a 31-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka that was set up by middle linebacker Bobby Wagner’s interception and 45-yard return. Marshawn Lynch then scored on a 20-yard run with 2:04 left to cap an 11-play, 85-yard drive that consumed 6:14 of the clock.

Player of the quarter: Lynch. He not only scored the only TD of the quarter, he broke a 15-yard run on a draw to the Cardinals’ 5, only to have the ball moved back to the 20 because of a roughness penalty on right guard Breno Giacomini. No worries, as Lynch scored on the next play. He carried five times for 58 yards on the drive.

Play of the quarter: Wagner’s pick, which came after linebacker K.J. Wright ripped the ball from the grasp of Larry Fitzgerald and cornerback Walter Thurmond tipped the ball before it could hit the turf. The Cardinals had taken the opening kickoff and driven from their 22 to the Seahawks’ 37 before the triple-heads-up plays.

Number of the quarter: 10, as in first-quarter points. It’s the most by the Seahawks since they scored 14 in Week 9 against the Vikings.


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