The Seahawks were left looking at the longest of fields when a punt by the left-footed Donnie Jones hit at the 1-yard line and bounced to the right, where the ball was downed after the textbook punt by the former Seahawks draft choice.
But the Seahawks not only crawled out of that hole, they sprang from it. Matt Hasselbeck gave them from room to work by passing for 6 yards to wide receiver Nat Burleson on the opening play. After runs by Edgerrin James (2 yards), Justin Forsett (7) and James (6), Hasselbeck went to work. He passed for 7 yards to wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, 38 yards to tight end John Carlson and then hooked up with Carlson for a 33-yard TD play – their second of the game. That made it 21-0 with five minutes left in the quarter.
The drive was reminiscent of – dare we say – 2005, when the Seahawks routinely ripped off drives of 80-plus yards during their run to the Super Bowl.
Jones then added some dash to the splash, as he ripped off a 62-yard TD run on the first play of the Seahawks’ next possession. Center Steve Vallos provided Jones the needed block to the right side and fullback Justin Griffith walled off the left side. Jones did the rest, as he outran three Rams defenders to the end zone.
The quarter ended on a bit of downer, however, as middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu went out with the hamstring injury and it was announced he would not return. David Hawthorne stepped in for Tatupu.