Seahawks vs. Titans – Second quarter

Peephole perspective: 7-7 at the half, as Matt Hasselbeck passed 6 yards to TE John Carlson for their now-weekly touchdown.

Player of the quarter: Hasselbeck. The Seahawks’ maligned QB completed 5 of 7 passes for 56 yards and the TD in the quarter, for a 134.5 passer rating.

Play of the quarter:  On second-and-goal from the 6, Carlson made a sliding grab of a Hasselbeck pass to tie the score. The Seahawks have scored four TDs in their past four games, and each has been a Hasselbeck-to-Carlson pass.

Line of the quarter: 8-33. Chris Johnson’s quest for 2K continued, as he ran eight times for 33 yards in the quarter – giving him 73 for the half. He needs 55 in the second half to become the sixth player in league history to get 2,000 in a season. He also surpasses Marshall Faulk’s NFL record for most yards from scrimmage during the quarter.

The bigger picture: The second quarter started the same way the first ended – with Johnson pounding away. He gained 20 yards on the Titans’ first series, including an 11-yarder on his first carry. But LB Leroy Hill and CB Marcus Trufant teamed up to stop Johnson for a 1-yard loss on second down and he was just short on getting the needed 4 yards on third down.

The Seahawks then got it going on their next possession. WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh took a short pass from Hasselbeck and got up the right sideline for a 24-yard gain. Then, Hasselbeck lateraled to backup QB Seneca Wallace, who completed a 17-yard pass to Houshmandzadeh from the SeneCat formation. Then it was RB Justin Forsett for 20 yards to the Titans’ 8-yard line and 2 yards. That setup Carlson’s sliding catch of a Hasselbeck pass in the end zone for his fourth TD in the past four games.

After the defense forced another three-and-out, the Seahawks were on the move again, driving from their own 20 to the Titans’ 38. But CB Rod Hood poked away Hasselbeck’s second-down pass to WR Deion Branch and a third-and-13 screen to RB Julius Jones gained only 3 yards. The drive included a 17-yard run by Jones and a 21-yard pass to Branch.

The Titans had a chance to get on the board again, but Rob Bironas was wide left on a 47-yard field goal with 3 seconds to play. Bironas lined up for a 42-yarder, but the Titans were penalized 5 yards for delay of game. The drive featured QB Vince Young completing six consecutive passes for 58 yards.


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