PLAYER OF THE GAME
Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks quarterback, as well as the other offensive starters, played into the second half for the only time this preseason. They didn’t waste the opportunity, as Hasselbeck led what proved to be a game-winning, nine-play, 74-yard touchdown drive to open the half. That one ended with his 28-yard TD pass to tight end John Carlson, but Hasselbeck also threw an 8-yard TD pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh on the final series of the first half.
Hasselbeck fashioned a 111.4 passer rating by completing 19 of 25 passes for 216 yards. He also had a pass tipped and returned for a TD on the Seahawks’ first possession of the game, but he got that back and then some.
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: There were the two TD passes, of course. But the play everyone was talking about – and laughing about – in the locker room was Hasselbeck’s two-handed chest pass to Houshmandzadeh for a first down on the drive to the first score. The third-down play was supposed to be a run to the right side, but when Hasselbeck bobbled the snap from center Steve Vallos, he went to T.J. on the left side.
Defense: Where to start? How about the play that ended the game, and the Chiefs’ final fling at pulling out a victory? Linebacker Will Herring intercepted a third-down pass by QB Matt Gutierrez, who was sacked on the previous two plays by Nick Reed and Derrick Walker.
Special teams: Let’s go with Justin Forsett’s 17-yard punt return in the second quarter. It gave the Seahawks a spark when they needed one, and set the stage for the 48-yard drive to Hasselbeck’s first TD pass.
Backup QB Seneca Wallace injured his groin in the fourth quarter, forcing the Seahawks to call a timeout so they could get No. 3 QB Mike Teel into the game.
Safety C.J. Wallace aggravated a rib injury in the first half and did not play in the second half. Running backs Julius Jones (bruised shin) and Justin Forsett (twisted ankle) and right tackle Ray Willis (bruised thigh) also were nicked, but the injuries were not considered serious.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Somebody was going to get hit, and Matt didn’t want it to be him.” – a smiling Houshmandzadeh, on why Hasselbeck made the basketball pass to him on that third-down rather than running the ball