Seahawks vs. Titans – Fourth quarter

Peephole perspective: 17-13, Titans. Chris Johnson found the end zone with 4½ minutes to play for the deciding score.

Player of the quarter: Johnson. He not only scored the game-winner on a 1-yard drive to the goal line, he became the sixth player in NFL history to surpass 2,000 rushing yards in a season.

Play of the quarter:  Johnson would not have scored unless QB Vince Young and WR Nate Washington hooked up for a 29-yard gain on seond-and-13. Washington came back to get the pass, and just got his right knee in before going out of bounds at the 2.

Line of the quarter: 3-3-37. Johnson got the deciding score and date with history, but Young hit each of his three passes in the quarter.

The bigger picture: The Seahawks’ possession that ended the third quarter carried into the fourth, and produced points as Olindo Mare kicked a 20-yard field goal to make it 13-10 with 12½ minutes to play. The nine-play drive included a 15-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Deion Branch on third-and-13 and a scintillating 17-yard run by Justin Forsett to the 2-yard line. But a no-gain run by Forsett and two incompletions forced the Seahawks to settle for three points.

On the Titans’ ensuing series, Johnson went over the 2,000-yard rushing barrier for the season. It came on a 4-yard run – his fifth of the drive. Johnson scored on a 62-yard run, but it was nullified by a holding penalty against FB Ahmard Hall.

The Seahawks’ drive that followed not only stalled, P Jon Ryan dropped the snap and got off a 19-yard punt under duress. The Titans took advantage of getting the ball at the Seattle 28 to drive five plays to a go-ahead score – a 1-yard run by Johnson. The big play that setup the short run was a 29-yard pass from Vince Young to WR Nate Washington on second-and-13. Seahawks coach Jim Mora challenged the catch and the score, but lost both.

Down, but not out, the Seahawks started their next possession with a 25-yard pass from Hasselbeck to Houshmandzadeh. Hasselbeck then went to Ben Obomanu for 7 yards to the Titans’ 43 on third-and-5, before ducking what would have been a sack by DT Kevin Vickerson and scrambling for 6 yards. But the drive to a potential go-ahead score ended when LB Gerald McRath intercepted Hasselbeck’s fourth-down pass.


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