Peephole perspective: Another long Olindo Mare field goal. Another Charlie Whitehurst TD pass, but this time a short one. Seahawks 20-7.
Player of the quarter: Whitehurst. When the Seahawks needed a big play, he delivered. On the drive to Mare’s field goal, he hit two third-down passes to tight end Cameron Morrah for 13 and 14 yards. On the drive to his TD pass, Whitehurst hit a 36-yarder on fourth down and then passed for the TD on third down.
Play of the quarter: With the Seahawks facing a fourth-and-2 from midfield, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates went for it – and Whitehurst went to Deon Butler for a 36-yard pass play to the Titans’ 9.
Line of the quarter: 8 of 12 for 93 yards and a TD. That was Whitehurst, good for a 117.7 passer rating.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks stretched their lead to 13-7 as Mare hit a 48-yard field goal on the opening drive of the second half. Whitehurst passed the Seahawks into Mare’s range with 13- and 14-yard completions to tight end Cameron Morrah. Running back Quinton Ganther added a 13-yard run to the 12-play, 50-yard drive.
First-round draft choice Russell Okung tweaked a knee on the second play of the drive and had to be replaced at left tackle for seven plays by Mansfield Wrotto. But Okung did return to finish the drive.
The Titans were having their way with the Seahawks’ No. 2 defense on the ensuing series, driving from their own 26 to the Seattle 44. But linebacker Matt McCoy then stopped Stafon Johnson for no gain on first down, Fernando Velasco was called for holding on second down and rush-end Dexter Davis got to Simms for a 13-yard sack on third down – when defensive tackle Craig Terrill also got pressure up the middle.
Whitehurst then drove the Seahawks 66 yards in eight plays to his second TD pass – this one a 4-yard to rookie tight end Anthony McCoy on third down. Whitehurst kept the drive alive – and then some – by lofting a pass to Butler for a 36-yard gain on fourth-and-2. Butler got behind cornerback Ryan Mouton, who also was beaten on the first-half TD pass to Mike Williams.