The Rams had an opportunity to capitalize on one of their many defense-generated big plays, but former Seahawks kicker Josh Brown – who trotted onto the field to a chorus of boos – was wide right on a field goal attempt on the fifth play of the quarter.
The Seahawks finally got on the board with 5:45 left in the half as Hasselbeck did what worked so well all summer – throwing the ball to tight end John Carlson in the end zone. The 1-yard TD pass came from a two-tight, two-back set, which caught the Rams crowding the line and allowed Carlson to get open in the back of the end zone.
Hasselbeck was 6 of 7 for 39 yards on the 13-play, 73-yard drive. He also ran for 3 yards on a keeper on the first third-down situation. He then passed to Houshmandzadeh for 9 yards on third-and-6 and Deon Butler for 7 yards on third-and-5. Julius Jones carried five times for 16 yards.
The Seattle defense continued its inspired play on the ensuring series, as Herring got penetration to force the first-down play and defensive end Darryl Tapp dropped Jackson for a 2-yard loss; cornerback Josh Wilson broke up a Bulger pass the was intended for Donnie Avery; and, on third down, middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu split a gap between center Jason Brown and right guard Richie Incognito to sack Bulger for a 10-yard loss.
It appeared the Seahawks would add to their lead, but C.J. Ah You got a hand on Olindo Mare’s 49-yard field goal attempt and Quincy Butler returned the deflection 51 yards for a TD with 49 seconds left.
But wait …
The Rams had 12 men on the field and the 5-yard penalty erased the TD return and gave the Seahawks a first down.
The Seahawks didn’t waste this chance, as Hasselbeck passed 12 yards to Burleson for a TD with 12 seconds to play. The re-start of what was a 12-play, 69-yard drive also included a 6-yard run by Jones and Hasselbeck’s 8-yard completion to Houshmandzadeh.