Seahawks at Rams – First quarter

Peephole perspective: Seahawks 7-0, as Justin Forsett scored on a 3-yard run.

Player of the quarter: Forsett, who carried five times for 43 yards and scored the Seahawks’ TD.

Play of the quarter: The Seahawks had driven to the Rams’ 38-yard line and were threatening to score again, but Louis Rankin lost the ball when LB Paris Lennon forced the fumble and CB Justin King recovered.

Line of the quarter: 5-1-6. It belonged to FS Jordan Babineaux, who had five solo stops and an assist for six first-quarter tackles.

The bigger picture: Ugh, and thump. The Seahawks won the coin toss and elected to receive, but Matt Hasselbeck was sacked on the first play by rookie MLB James Laurinaitis and the Seahawks went three-and-out. The Rams then drove to the Seahawks’ 29-yard line, thanks to a 25-yard run by Steven Jackson, but Josh Brown was wide right on a 46-yard field goal attempt.

The Seahawks got it going the second time they had the ball, as Justin Forsett carried four times for 41 yards – including the final 3 for a touchdown and a 25-yard burst on the first play of the eight-play, 64-yard drive. That after the Seahawks generated a franchise-low 4 yards against the Vikings last week. Hasselbeck also passed 14 yards to TE John Carlson.

The Rams’ ensuing series – a three-and-out – ended when DE Patrick Kerney and FS Jordan Babineaux got to QB Kyle Boller for an 8-yard sack on third down. Kerney forced the play, while Babineaux finished Boller off. The Seahawks were moving again on their next series, driving from their own 35 to the Rams’ 38, but Rankin lost the ball and King recovered the Lennon-forced fumble.

The Rams were driving as the quarter ended, as CB Marcus Trufant was guilty of a pass interference penalty on one third-down play and Boller passed for 27 yards to Ruvell Martin on another third-down play.


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