Peephole perspective: 7-3, Seahawks. A TD pass from Matt Hasselbeck to TE John Carlson. A late Buccaneers’ field goal that followed a tipped-pass interception.
Player of the quarter: Justin Griffith. The Seahawks fullback carried once on third down, and got the first down. He also hooked up with Hasselbeck on a 33-yard pass play on the TD drive.
Play of the quarter: The only touchdown of the first half. It came when Hasselbeck passed to Carlson, who made a lunge to get to the pylon for the 29-yard score. It was Carlson’s team-high fifth TD reception.
Line of the quarter: 106-50. Again, it’s the Seahawks’ yardage edge. Again, they had almost twice as many yards as the Bucs.
The bigger picture: The Bucs ended the first quarter and began the second on the move, driving from their own 16 to the Seahawks’ 19. But Connor Barth missed a 38-yard field goal to waste the effort, which included Freeman’s 19-yard pass to TE Kellen Winslow on third-and-3 and a 25-yard run by RB Derrick Ward.
On the Bucs’ next possession, DE Cory Redding got penetration to blow up a third-and-1 run by Ward, who was dropped for no gain by LBs Leroy Hill and David Hawthorne.
The Seahawks finally scored, with 4½ minutes left in the half, as Carlson made his al-out effort to get to the goal line. The eight-play, 85-yard drive also included Hasselbeck’s 23-yard pass to FB Justin Griffith and RB Justin Forsett’s spin after he was hit to gain 3 yards on a third-and-1. Hasselbeck was 3 of 3 for 58 yards.
But the Seahawks weren’t done giving the ball away, either. On a third-and-14 play – which followed a second-down sack – Hasselbeck’s pass was tipped by DL Jimmy Wilkerson and LB Geno Hayes intercepted it at the Seahawks’ 25 with less than a minute to play. The Bucs cashed in, as Barth kicked a 28-yard field goal. They had to settle for the three-pointer after FS Lawyer Milloy broke up Freeman’s third-down pass to WR Sammie Stroughter at the goal line.