Third quarter

Seahawks vs. LionsPeephole perspective: The Seahawks finally took the lead, 22-17, on a 24-yard field goal by Olindo Mare and a 2-yard TD pass from Matt Hasselbeck to T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Player of the quarter: David Hawthorne. The second-year middle linebacker made his second interception, setting up a second score. He also led a defensive effort that limited the Lions to 25 yards in the quarter and forced their first two punts of the game.

Play of the quarter: The TD, of course. Hasselbeck rolled out and found Houshmandzadeh, who just got into the front corner of the end zone.

Line of the quarter: Hasselbeck, again? Of course: 9 of 13 for 107 yards and the TD, for a 119.7 rating.

The bigger picture: The Seahawks got closer, but couldn’t take the lead on their second possession of the half. They drove from their own 22 to the Lions’ 6 – thanks to a 59-yard pass play from Matt Hasselbeck to Julius Jones. But Hasselbeck had to throw away his third-down pass because fullback Owen Schmidt was covered, so Olindo Mare kicked a 24-yard field goal to make it 17-16 with 9½ minutes left in the quarter.

The Seahawks finally took the lead, 22-17, when Hasselbeck passed 2 yards to Houshmandzadeh with 2½ minutes left in the quarter. The seven-play, 68-yard drive got an assist when Lions cornerback William James was flagged for a 16-yard pass interference penalty against Nate Burleson on third-and-3. The Seahawks then got a 15-yard gain as Seneca Wallace passed to Houshmandzadeh out of the SeneCat formation and Hasselbeck then went to tight end John Carlson for a 15-yarder.


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