Seahawks vs Buccaneers – First quarter

Peephole perspective: Scoreless, but not uneventful. An interception (by Deon Grant). An ill-fated decision (by Matt Hasselbeck). A botched hold on a field goal attempt (by Jon Ryan).

Player of the quarter: Hooooush. Or, T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The Seahawks’ leading receiver caught five passes in the quarter – five of Hasselbeck’s six completions.

Play of the quarter: The Seahawks had driven to the Bucs’ 4-yard line, but had to settle for a field-goal attempt. They didn’t even get the three-pointer, however, when the usually sure-handed Ryan dropped the snap from Kevin Houser.

Line of the quarter: 128-67. That was the Seahawks’ yardage advantage. But they had no points to show for it.

The bigger picture: The Seahawks got a turnover on the Bucs’ first possession when Grant intercepted a Josh Freeman pass on third down – Freeman’s ninth interception in the past three games. Justin Forsett then broke a 35-yard run – thanks to a nice block from LG Rob Sims – to the Bucs’ 29-yard line. But Hasselbeck lost the ball on a third-down scramble when he tried to pitch it back to Forsett and the Bucs recovered.

The Seahawks continued to have problems finishing on their next possession. After driving from their own 24 to the Bucs’ 4, Ryan dropped the snap on a 23-yard field goal attempt and K Olindo Mare was flung to the ground. Hasselbeck completed 19- and 11-yard passes to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Jones broke a 25-yard run to move the Seahawks into scoring position, before Hasselbeck threw incomplete to WR Ben Obomanu and TE John Carlson on second and third downs.


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