Player of the quarter: Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks QB completed 5 of 11 passes, but also had a 19-yard run to set up Mare’s field goal.
Play of the quarter: Rams QB Kyle Boller passed to WR Danny Amendola in the end zone, but the ball was slightly underthrown and Babineaux made the interception.
Line of the quarter: 86-17. Those were the yardage totals for the quarter, with the Seahawks having 86 and the Rams only 17.
The bigger picture: The Rams got the ball first, but on third-and-5, MLB David Hawthorne got to Kyle Boller for a 10-yard sack. The Rams K.C. Asiodu got a hand on a Jon Ryan punt, which went 19 yards, giving the Rams a first down at the Seahawks 35. But the Seahawks got the ball back when Babineaux intercepted Boller’s pass in the end zone.
The Seahawks offense took advantage of Babineaux’s big play, sort of, by driving 59 yards in 11 plays to a 29-yard field goal by Olindo Mare. The big play was a 19-yard run by Hasselbeck to the Rams’ 28, as he faked a handoff to Justin Forsett to the right side and then spun and ran to his left. Hasselbeck’s run followed a 10-yarder by backup QB Seneca Wallace and a 9-yarder by Justin Forsett. But when Hasselbeck’s pass into the end zone to T.J. Houshmandzadeh on third down was just long, the Seahawks settled for Mare’s three-pointer.
The Seahawks turned up the heat on the Rams’ next possession, as rookie DE Nick Reed was held by Rams OT Alex Barron on second down and LB Leroy Hill got to Boller for a 13-yard sack on third down.
The quarter ended with the Seahawks sitting at the Rams’ 18-yard line and facing a fourth-and-inches. Hasselbeck hit WR Nate Burleson with a 17-yard completion on the drive that started at the Rams 44.