Player of the quarter: David Hawthorne. The Seahawks’ middle linebacker had five tackles to spark the defensive effort.
Play of the quarter: On the Vikings’ first third-down play, DE Darryl Tapp got to Brett Favre for a sack. DT Brandon Mebane got the penetration to forced Favre to move from the pocket.
Line of the quarter: 3 for 20. The penalties and penalty yards against the Vikings, including a false start.
The bigger picture: Fits and starts, as Seahawks president Tim Ruskell would put it.
Neither team was able to generate much of anything offensively because of penalties and nice plays by the defense. That’s how the Seahawks we went three-and-out twice on three possessions and the Vikings once in two possessions.
The Seahawks were able to generate pressure on Favre, as DL Cory Redding also had a sack. They also came at him with multiple-defensive backs sets, including one that feature three deep safeties.