Player of the quarter: Matt Hasselbeck. He threw the Seahawks onto the scoreboard by completing 6 of 6 passes for 77 yards and the TD. Matt Schaub had more attempts (15), completions (13) and yards (182) in the quarter, but Hasselbeck had the better passer rating – 158.3 to 139.4. Andre Johnson also caught six passes for 107 yards and his second TD.
Play of the quarter: The Texans were about to go up 27-0, but DT Craig Terrill got a hand on Kris Brown’s 26-yard field goal attempt. The Seahawks then drove 84 yards to their only score – Hasselbeck’s 4-yard TD pass to TE John Carlson.
Line of the quarter: 336. It’s not a line, and not even from the quarter. But it is one staggering stat. That’s how many passing yards Schaub had in the first half – with 184 of it belonging to Johnson on 10 receptions.
The bigger picture: This quarter started the way the first one ended – with the Texans on the move. Their eight-play, 64-yard drive to Schaub’s 17-yard TD pass to Johnson included a 23-yard pass play from Schaub to Johnson on third-and-10. Johnson ended this series with six catches for 117 yards in the game, and the Texans with a 24-0 lead.
On their next possession, the Texans drove from their own 3 to the Seahawks’ 6 before Schaub fumbled the third-down snap and Terrill deflected Brown’s field goal attempt.
The Seahawks’ offense then got it going. Hasselbeck to Nate Burleson for 22 yards on a shovel pass. Julius Jones for 24 yards to the Texans’ 38. Hasselbeck to T.J. Houshmandzadeh for 31 yards. And, on third-and-goal, Hasselbeck to Carlson for the final 4 yards and the score. Hasselbeck was 4 of 4 – to four different receivers – for 60 yards on the six-play, 84-yard drive.
The TD was reviewed, but the call on the field stood.
On the first play after the Seahawks’ TD, the unthinkable happened: Johnson dropped a pass. But Schaub went right back to him for a 15-yard gain. But the drive – and half – ended with Brown missing wide right on a 48-yard field goal attempt.