Peephole perspective: The mauling continued. An interception return for a TD. Another field goal. Texans, 34-7.
Player of the quarter: DeMeco Ryans. He was only credited with two plays, but it seemed like the Texans linebacker was in on just about every play. He knocked Hasselbeck out of the game briefly. He also got to RB Julius Jones for a 2-yard loss.
Play of the quarter: On first-and-10 from the Texans’ 31, SS Bernard Pollard jumped Hasselbeck’s pass to FB Justin Griffith and returned it 70 yards for a TD.
Line of the quarter: 9:52 to 5:08. The Seahawks had the ball more in the quarter – a lot more. They just weren’t able to do much with it.
The bigger picture: Hasselbeck went down, and out, on the first play of the half, as he was drilled by Ryans as he released a 9-yard pass to Nate Burleson. With Hasselbeck being tended to on the sideline, the series fizzled as Julius Jones fumbled on second down and Seneca Wallace was flagged for grounding on third down.
Hasselbeck returned for the Seahawks’ next possession – which followed the Texans’ first punt of the game. But it didn’t last long, as Ryans dropped Jones for a 2-yard loss on second down and Mario Williams sacked Hasselbeck for a 10-yard loss on third down. Williams used a nice inside move off a stunt in getting to Hasselbeck.
The Texans stretched their lead to 27-7 on a 31-yard field goal by Kris Brown with 5:50 to play in the quarter. Schaub hit three consecutive passes in the middle of the eight-play, 36-yard drive for 19 yards.
The Seahawks finally got a break, when CB Marcus Trufant intercepted a Schaub pass intended for Johnson to give the offense the ball at the 50. Hasselbeck then hit T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a 19-yard gain. But his next pass, intended for Griffith, was intercepted by Pollard and returned for a TD that made it 34-7 Texans.
The Seahawks lost Burleson on their next possession, as he was taken off to the locker room on a cart. The drive also frizzled when Hasselbeck passed to Houshmandzadeh for 4 yards on fourth-and-7.