The Seahawks pushed their lead to 6-0 when Olindo Mare kicked a 27-yard field goal midway through the quarter. The kick capped an 11-play, 44-yard drive that was aided by two illegal-contact penalties against the Jaguars on third-down plays. Hasselbeck again had the big play on this drive, scrambling – and sliding – for a 12-yard gain.
Qwest erupted with a chorus of “Housh” on the Seahawks’ next possession, as Hasselbeck and Houshmandzadeh hooked up for a 34-yard TD that gave the Seahawks a 13-0 lead. Houshmandzadeh got behind CB Rashean Mathis to score his first TD as a Seahawk. Hasselbeck kept the drive alive with a 15-yard pass to Nate Burleson on third-and-11.
The Seahawks weren’t done, however, as they also scored on their next possession – this one a 44-yard pass play from Hasselbeck to Burleson, who beat Mathis to make the catch, ran through an attempted tackle by Tyron Brackenridge and then out ran Russell Allen to the end zone.
The defense, meanwhile, held the Jags to five consecutive three-and-out series in the quarter. Defensive end Darryl Tapp had a sack to stymie one possession.
But the Seahawks lost yet another player, as defensive end Lawrence Jackson went to the locker room because of a rib injury. He was replaced by Cory Redding, the player Jackson had replaced in the starting lineup this week.
The Seahawks held the Jaguars to 6 net yards in the second quarter, after yielding 86 in the first quarter.