First quarter

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This one started as almost everyone was expecting, as the Cowboys produced first downs on their first two plays and Seahawks running back Julius Jones was stuffed for a 1-yard loss by nose tackle Jay Ratliff on Seattle’s first play.

That when things took a turn for the unexpected. The Seahawks’ defense held on the Cowboys’ game-opening possession, as two Tony Romo passes went off the hands of Roy Williams and second and third downs. The Seahawks, meanwhile, bounced back from Jones’ minus-yardage run to drive 69 yards in 14 plays to a 43-yard field goal by Olindo Mare. Matt Hasselbeck hit his first four passes – to four different receivers – for 43 yards, while Jones carried six times for 26 yards.

The Seahawks’ lead lasted 3 minutes, 46 seconds. That’s how long it took the Cowboys to drive 78 yards – in seven plays – after the kickoff. Miles Austin had a 15-yard reception and an 11-yard run in the drive, which ended with Sam Hurd taking a Romo pass and running up the left sideline for a 36-yard TD.

The quarter saw the returns of cornerback Marcus Trufant, linebacker Leroy Hill and defensive end Patrick Kerney for the Seahawks defense, although only Hill started. Trufant and Kerney played in the nickel. Trufant had been on the physically-unable-to-perform list with a lower back problem since the week training camp opened in late July. Hill was back for the first time since tearing a groin in the season opener. Kerney aggravated a strained groin in the pre-bye game against the Cardinals.

The quarter ended with a couple of fumbles. One by Justin Forsett, which was recovered by the Cowboys at the Seahawks’ 30-yard line; the other by Austin, but he recovered as the Cowboys retained possession.


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