Third quarter

Peephole perspective: 14-14. No points, but a lot of defense, as six of the seven full series in the quarter resulted in three-and-outs.

Player of the quarter: Brandon Mebane. The DT from Cal sparked the Seahawks’ defensive effort with three tackles, including half a sack and another tackle for a loss.

Play of the quarter: On third-and-11, Matt Hasselbeck stepped up and lofted a pass toward Nate Burleson, who had the catch for a 23-yard gain and the Seahawks’ only first down of the quarter.

Line of the quarter: 1-1. That would be one first down for each team, as the Seahawks had 45 yards on 12 plays and the 49ers 36 on 14 plays.

The bigger picture: The Seahawks defense came up with an impressive effort on the 49ers’ second possession. Following a false start penalty on LT Barry Sims – the league-leading 91st at Qwest since the start of the 2005 season – DT Brandon Mebane led a smothering assault on Frank Gore for a 1-yard loss. Then, it was Mebane again, with an assist from FS Lawyer Milloy, on a 1-yard run by Gore. Third down, it was Gore again, up the gut again. This time he got 4 yards before running into MLB David Hawthorne and SS Deon Grant.

The Seahawk got a scare when Hasselbeck took a knee to the back at the end of a scramble that was ruled a sack, but he was able to return.


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