The Seahawks got the ball first, as the Jaguars won the coin toss but deferred. More importantly, the Seahawks also got on the board first – as Olindo Mare kicked a 47-yard field goal with 6:19 left in the quarter to cap an 11-play, 54-yard drive.
Matt Hasselbeck, making his first start since fracturing a rib in the Week 2 loss to the 49ers, hit two of his first three passes for 33 yards and also scrambled for 9 yards – diving out of bounds, sore ribs and all. The big play on the drive was T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s nice reaction and grab of a 19-yard pass on third-and-17.
It didn’t appear the lead would last long, however, as the Jaguars took the ensuing kickoff and drove to the Seahawks’ 2-yard line. But on fourth-and-1, linebackers Aaron Curry and Lofa Tatupu flushed Jags QB David Garrard, who lofted an incomplete pass out of the end zone. The big play for the Jags came from an old nemesis – former Rams WR Torry Holt, who caught a 25-yard pass on the second play of the nine-play drive. Holt and Garrard also teamed up for a 16-yard pass play.
But the Seahawks didn’t escape the quarter without yet another injury to their offensive line. LT Brandon Frye, who was starting because Walter Jones and Sean Locklear are injured, got a stinger and had to be replaced by Kyle Williams. Williams was signed off the practice squad on Saturday.