Seahawks at Packers – Third quarter

Peephole perspective: 38-3, Packers. Two more interceptions by Matt Hasselbeck. Two more touchdown runs by the Packers.

Player of the quarter: Packers TE Jermichael Finley. Third-and-8 on their first possession of the half, and QB Aaron Rodgers went to Finley for a 28-yard gain. Third-and-1 on their next possession, Rodgers to Finley for 38 yards.

Play of the quarter: Rodgers’ 38-yard gain to Finley to setup another TD.

Line of the quarter: 4-111. OK, so it’s cumulative after three quarters. But the catches and yards belong to Greg Jennings.

The bigger picture: The half opened with the Packers continuing to pick on Matt Hasselbeck. On the third play of the quarter, Hasselbeck threw to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, but Packers nickel back came up with the ball for his first NFL interception – and the third served up by Hasselbeck in the game.

Again, the Packers made the Seahawks pay for the turnover, as Brandon Jackson scored on a 6-yard run to cap a seven-play, 47-yard drive. The drive also included two more big third-down conversions for the Packers. Rodgers to Jermichael Finely for a 28-yard gain on third-and-8 and Rodgers to Jackson for 3 yards on third-and-2. It was the Packers’ third score in their past three possession, running the score to 31-3 with just over 10 minutes to play.

Don’t look now, by the Pack faithful are doing the wave. Really. And it’s actually pretty impressive – if outdated – in the bowl that is Lambeau.

Just as the crowd was completing its wave, Hasselbeck threw his fourth interception – this time to SS Atari Bigby. The four picks matched Hasselbeck’s career high, for the second consecutive week.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, the Packers made the Seahawks pay for the turnover. This time, it was a 4-yard lung to the end zone by Jackson with Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane clinging to his legs. Jackson’s third TD of the game capped a six-play, 62-yard drive that included – stop me if you’ve heard this before – a big third-down conversion. This time it was a 38-yard pass from Rodgers to Finley to the Seahawks’ 4 on third-and-1.

The last time the Packers had four rushing touchdowns in a game? The 1999 season finale.

The Seahawks did move the ball the next they got it, but the drive was snuffed as Packers DT B.J. Raji stuffed Julius Jones for a 4-yard loss on second-and-6 from the Green Bay 18, Hasselbeck threw incomplete on third down and Packers LB Brandon Chillar got to Hasselbeck for a 7-yard sack on fourth down.


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