Fourth quarter

Matthew Stafford

Peephole perspective: It was far from perfection, but it was perfectly fine, as the Seahawks snapped their two-game losing streak by spotting the Lions a 17-0 lead and then outscoring them 32-3 for their third victory of the season.

Player of the quarter: Matt Hasselbeck, and it goes beyond just this quarter. He completed 15 passes in a row during one stretch. He surpassed Dave Krieg for the franchise record for career completions. He put together the first 300-yard passing performance since 2007.

Play of the quarter: Easy. It was the clincher, as Josh Wilson’s interception of Stafford’s third-and-10 pass and 53-yard return up the sideline for a TD that made it 32-20 with 22 seconds left.

Line of the quarter: This time, it belonged to Stafford – and the Seahawks’ defense: 6 of 14 for 53 yards, two interceptions and a 14.0 passer rating

The bigger picture: The Seahawks pushed their lead to 25-17 when Olindo Mare kicked a 20-yard field goal with 10:09 to play in the game. The drive started at the end of the third quarter, and was set up by linebacker David Hawthorne’s second interception. Hasselbeck and Nate Burleson hooked up twice for y third-down completions and Hasselbeck also drew the Lions into the neutral zone with a nice manipulation of the snap count on a fourth-and-1.

The Lions got back on the scoreboard – and back in the game – on the ensuing series. A 31-yard run by Kevin Smith on their first play produced more yards than the Lions had in the half up to that play, and Jason Hanson then drilled a 50-yard field goal to make it 25-20 with eight minutes left.

On the Lions’ next possession, cornerback Marcus Trufant intercepted Stafford’s third-down pass to Calvin Johnson. It was the fourth interception for the Seahawks – one more than they had in their first seven games.

One good pick deserved an even better one, as Stafford’s third-down pass on the Lions’ next possession was intercepted by Josh Wilson and returned 53 yards for a TD.


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