Peephole perspective: 7-7. A TD pass from Alex Smith to TE Vernon Davis. A TD pass from Matt Hasselbeck to WR Deion Branch.
Player of the quarter: Smith. The 49ers QB put the ball up 17 times in the first 15 minutes, completing nine for 106 yards and the TD.
Play of the quarter: The 49ers tried a reverse on a punt return, but fumbled the handoff from Arnaz Battle to Brandon Jones. Rookie DE Nick Reed recovered, giving the Seahawks the ball at the 49ers 13 to set up Hasselbeck’s 7-yard TD pass to Branch – which came on third-and-4.
Line of the quarter: 117-16. That’s total yards in the quarter, and the 117 belonged to the 49ers.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks got the ball first, but did nothing with it. But that three-and-out better than what happened on the Seahawks’ next possession – a fumble-forcing sack, as LB Manny Lawson beat FB Justin Griffith to get to QB Matt Hasselbeck and then recovered the ball at the Seattle 20-yard line.
But the 49ers didn’t cash in, as TE Delanie Walker couldn’t handle Alex Smith’s throw into the end zone on fourth-and-1. LB Leroy Hill was all over Walker on the route, while FS Lawyer Milloy was in Smith’s face as he threw.
The 49ers, however, came right back after another three-and-out by the Seahawks. They went for it again on fourth-and-1, but this time Smith rolled to his right and threw back to the left to TE Vernon Davis, who took the pass and ran up the sideline for the score with 6:16 left. It was Davis’ 10th TD catch of the season, setting a club record for tight ends.
The Seahawks came right back to tie it at 7-7, as Hasselbeck passed to Deion Branch for a 7-yard TD with 3:48 to play. The score was set up when the 49ers lost a punt return as Arnaz Battle tried to handoff to Brandon Jones. Rookie Nick Reed recovered the fumble.