Peephole perspective: 24-3, Packers. A long run by Ryan Grant and a couple of field goals – including a 28-yarder by the Seahawks’ Olindo Mare.
Player of the quarter: Johnny Jolly. The Packers DE tipped two passes, one that was intercepted in the end zone, and later stuffed Julius Jones for a 2-yard loss on a third-and-2 that forced the Seahawks to settle for a field goal.
Play of the quarter: After QB Aaron Rodgers scrambled for 9 yards on third-and-8, Grant went for 56 yards and the TD. Grant, remember, ran for 201 yards in the Packers’ 2007 playoff win over the Seahawks at Lambeau.
Line of the quarter: 3-63. It belonged to Grant, who carried three times in the quarter for 63 yards.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks were on the move to open the quarter, driving to the Packers’ 8. But when WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh slipped and Matt Hasselbeck’s pass was tipped by Jolly, Packers SS Atari Bigby made an end-zone interception. The drive included a 17-yard completion to WR Deion Branch on the first play and a 31-yarder to Houshmandzadeh on third-and-10, plus a 14-yard run by RB Justin Forsett to the Packers 12.
When the Seahawks got the ball back, they started driving again – and Hasselbeck surpassed Ring of Honor QB Dave Krieg for the most passing yards in franchise history. On consecutive downs, Hasselbeck hit rookie WR Deon Butler for 15 yards on third-and-13; RB Julius Jones for 17 yards; and Branch for 18 yards – which lifted Hasselbeck past Krieg. But a holding penalty on LT Sean Locklear and Jolly stuffing Jones for a 2-yard loss on third-and-2 forced the Seahawks to settle for a 28-yard field goal by Olindo Mare – his 19th in a row, to extend his own club record.
But quicker than you could say “Ryan Grant for 56 yards,” the Packers had scored again – on, naturally, Grant’s 56-yard run. Grant never would have gotten his TD – his second of the day and career-best ninth of the season – without Rodgers scrambling for 9 yards on third-and-8. That’s two plays for 65 yards, on a four-play, 67-yard drive.
The Packers got the ball back, and it didn’t take Rodgers long to go back to Jennings – this time for a 38-yard pass play to the Seahawks’ 10 on third-and-3. The drive also included a 16-yard run by former Seahawks RB Ahman Green on third-and-1. Green was hit at the line, but spun free for the big gain. The Packers got the ball into the end zone – on a fourth-down pass from Rodgers to No. 3 TE Spencer Havner. But Havner was flagged for pass interference with 3 seconds to play, so the Packers settled for a 29-yard field goal by Mason Crosby.