Peephole perspective: 14-14. Matt Hasselbeck and Justin Forsett teamed up on a screen pass for an 8-yard TD. The 49ers answered on Alex Smith’s 22-yard TD pass to WR Josh Morgan.
Player of the quarter: Hasselbeck. He ran (twice for 25 yards). He threw (completing seven passes in a row on the drive to the go-ahead TD pass to Forsett). He was 9 of 11 for 77 yards and the TD for a 126.1 passer rating.
Play of the quarter: Faced with a third-and-goal from the 8, and facing an aggressive 49ers defense that was bring pressure on almost every down, the Seahawks went with the perfect play – and executed it to perfection. Hasselbeck got the ball to Forsett on a screen pass to the right side, and the second-year back got into the end zone for the score that gave the Seahawks a brief 14-7 lead.
Line of the quarter: 10:38/4:22. That was the time of possession, and the Seahawks held the large advantage. Honorable mention to: 4-1-5, which was the tackle line for 49ers MLB Patrick Willis – solo stops, assists and total tackles.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks started the quarter the way they ended the first – on the move. A 12-play, 87-yard drive that consumed almost six minutes was capped by the 8-yard screen pass from Hasselbeck to Forsett. Hasselbeck was 7 of 7 for 72 yards, including a 15-yarder to WR Nate Burleson and a 25-yarder to FB Justin Griffith.
But the Seahawks’ lead didn’t last even 2½ minutes, as Smith passed 22 yards to Morgan for the tying TD. Morgan got behind CB Marcus Trufant to take Smith’s pass in the right side of the end zone. The big play on the quick drive was Smith’s 42-yard completion to TE Vernon Davis, who slipped past MLB David Hawthorne while running up the middle of the field. Smith was 4 of 4 for all 77 yards on the drive.
The Seahawks had another opportunity, as Hasselbeck scrambled for 23 yards into 49ers territory. But SS Michael Lewis blitzed on third-and-6 from the 49ers 32 to sack Hasselbeck and force a fumble that was recovered by Seahawks OG Rob Sims.