Seahawks vs. Titans – Third quarter

Peephole perspective: 10-10, as Olindo Mare and Rob Bironas kicked field goals.

Player of the quarter: Deon Grant. The Seahawks’ strong safety, who is playing with a cast on his wrist, had four tackles and recovered a fumble.

Play of the quarter:  The first play of the quarter, as Matt Hasselbeck and Deion Branch hooked up on 35-yard pass play that led to Mare’s field goal.

Line of the quarter:  9-39. The Chris Johnson watched continued, as he ran nine times for 39 yards – leaving him 20 shy of 2K.

The bigger picture: The half started well for the Seahawks as Rob Bironas’ kickoff went out of bounds, giving Seattle the ball at the 40. Matt Hasselbeck and WR Deion Branch hooked up for a 35-yard gain on the first play, but the drive stalled and Olindo Mare kicked a 35-yard field to give the Seahawks a 10-7 lead. It was Mare’s 20th consecutive field goal, extending his club-record streak.

Bironas atoned for the opening kickoff by kicking a 47-yard field goal with 4:40 left in the quarter to cap a 13-play, 50-yard drive. Chris Johnson carried seven times for 31 yards. QB Vince Young converted twice on third downs with a 7-yard pass to WR Nate Washington and a 7-yarder to TE Bo Scaife.

The Seahawks moved from their own 34 to the Titans’ 41 on their next possession, with RB Julius Jones gaining 17 yards on three carries. But a sack and two incompletions forced the Seahawks to punt. It could have been worse, as S Chris Hope dropped Hasselbeck’s third-down pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh.


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