Peephole perspective: Two Seahawks turnovers. Two Matthew Stafford TD passes. Lions, 17-0.
Player of the quarter: Stafford, as the Lions’ rookie QB completed 10 of 14 passes for 111 yards and the two TDs.
Play of the quarter: On the Seahawks’ first play of the game, Matt Hasselbeck was looking for T.J. Houshmandzadeh, but found Lions safety Louis Delmas. The interception setup the first of Stafford’s TD passes.
Line of the quarter: Stafford, of course, and it bears repeating – 10 of 14, 111 yards, two TDs.
The bigger picture: The last thing the Seahawks could afford was the first thing they allowed the Lions to do – put together a long drive. The Lions moved from their own 24-yard line to the Seahawks 15, but Jason Hanson then hit the right upright on a 34-yard field goal attempt. Lions rookie QB Matthew Stafford was 6 of 7 for 55 yards.
But Matt Hasselbeck gave the ball right back, throwing an interception to Lions safety Louis Delmas on the Seahawks’ first play. Stafford then threw a 7-yard TD pass to tight end Brandon Pettigrew.
The Seahawks remained in a giving mood, as fullback Justin Griffith fumbled after taking a Hasselbeck pass on Seattle’s second play of the game. The Lions’ Ko Simpson recovered at the Seahawks 29 and on third down Stafford went to Bryant Johnson for the TD. Seahawks cornerback Ken Lucas had tight coverage on the pass into the end zone, but Johnson snagged the pass with one hand before corralling it for the score.
But wait, there was more – for the Lions. The Seahawks went for it on fourth-and-inches on their next possession, but instead of crease on the right side of the line running back Julius Jones found Detroit linebacker Larry Foote. The no-gain play gave the ball back to the Lions, at the Seahawks 38, and Hanson kicked a 41-yard field goal to run the Lions lead to 17-0.