Peephole perspective: Three Brett Favre TD passes. Fifteen minutes of frustration and foibles for the Seahawks. Vikings 21-0 at the half.
Player of the quarter: Favre. What a difference 11 months, a new team and biceps surgery can make. When the Seahawks faced Favre – then a Jet – last December, he threw two interceptions in a snow-covered 13-3 loss at Qwest Field. The ageless wonder was torrid in this about-face/in-your-face quarter, completing 11 of 13 passes for 107 yards and a 140.5 rating – and, oh yes, those three TDs.
Play of the quarter: Third-and-2, and the Seahawks came at the Vikings with the SeneCat – with backup QB Seneca Wallace taking the snap and QB Matt Hasselbeck flanked to the right. It fooled no one, as DE Jared Allen flushed Wallace and CB Asher Allen and Allen chased Wallace out of bounds for a 9-yard loss.
Line of the quarter: 153-29, the yardage totals for the Vikings and Seahawks. Not surprisingly, the time of possession was just as lopsided: 11:33 to 3:27.
The bigger picture: The Vikings ran one play to end the first quarter, then needed nine in this quarter to get their first score – Favre’s 23-yard TD pass to rookie WR Percy Harvin. The drive also included Favre’s 8-yard pass to RB Chester Taylor on third-and-3; a 14-yard pass from Favre to TE Visanthe Shiancoe; and a 14-yard run by Taylor. Favre was 4 of 5 for 52 yards.
The Seahawks stalled on the ensuing series, because of the aforementioned reading of the SeneCat formation.
The Vikings then drove 70 yards in six plays to another TD – this one a 9-yard pass from Favre to Shiancoe. The drive included two big penalties on the Seahawks defense – a 15-yard facemask call on FS Jordan Babineaux after Favre’s short pass to Harvin; and a 10-yard tripping call on SS Deon Grant after a 24-yard pass from Favre to Sidney Rice. Grant was pushed into Rice by Harvin.
The Vikings got the ball back as Ben Obomanu fumbled the kickoff and the Vikings’ Heath Farwell recovered at the Seahawks’ 34. The Vikings needed six plays to put the ball in the end zone – again. This time it was a 3-yard pass from Favre to Bernarde Berrian. The big plays were Harvin’s reaching grab of a Favre against tight coverage from CB Kelly Jennings for an 11-yard gain on third-and-2 and Adrian Peterson’s 10-yard run to the 5.