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Quarter notes: Third

Earl Thomas

In a nutshell: Seahawks 47, Bills 17. The Seahawks pushed their lead to 37-17 with 12:18 left in the quarter when Marshawn Lynch scored on a 13-yard run that was setup when linebacker K.J. Wright returned an interception 24 yards.  The defense did it again on the Bills’ next possession, as Chris Clemons’ forced fumble on a sack was recovered by Bruce Irvin to setup a 33-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka with 7½ minutes left in the quarter. Free safety Earl Thomas then returned an interception 57 yards for a TD to run the score to 47-17.

Player of the quarter: Clemons. The Seahawks’ Leo end had 11 sacks in each of his first two seasons with the team and produced two in the first half of the quarter to run his season-three total to … 11.

Plays of the quarter: The first two came on back-to-back plays, and early in the quarter. The Bills were looking at a third-and-20 situation to open the half after Clemons sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick. But Stevie Johnson made a leaping, one-handed grab of a 25-yard pass to give the Bills a first down. On the next play, however, Wright intercepted Fitzpatrick and ran it back 24 yards to setup the TD by No. 24 – Lynch. Then came Thomas’ nifty pick and even niftier run for his TD.

Number of the quarter: We’re back to that 3 thing, again. With his 10th and 11th sacks in the quarter, Clemons became the first Seahawks since Michael Sinclair (1996-98) to have three consecutive seasons with double-digit sacks.


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