Peephole perspective: The Seahawks got another touchdown, but the Packers got a field goal. Green Bay, 17-14 at the half.
Player of the quarter: Marcus Trufant. The Seahawks finally slammed the door on the Packers as the veteran cornerback made a tackle for a 2-yard loss on second down to stall one possession and then broke up a third-down pass on the Packers’ next possession.
Play of the quarter: Welcome back, Leon Washington. The Seahawks’ back darted 11 yards up the gut for a touchdown. The score was nice, that fact that this was Washington’s first game action since severely breaking his right leg last October made it even better.
Stat of the quarter: 2 for 30. The Seahawks were penalized twice for roughing the passer. They finished the half with seven penalties for 54 wrong-way yards.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks answered the Packers’ answer, with a nine-play, 80-yard drive that started at the end of the first quarter and didn’t end until Washington had run up the gut for a tying touchdown. Hasselbeck passed 7 yards to T.J. Houshmandzadeh on third-and-4 and the Packers were penalized for illegal contact on another third-down play to sustain the drive. Hasselbeck also hit to other big passes – 18 yards to Houshmandzadeh to the Packers’ 32 and 17 yards to Mike Williams to the Packers’ 11.
The Packers turned things over to backup QB Mike Flynn on their next possession, but it was hard to tell as Flynn moved them from their own 30 to the Seahawks’ 14. That’s when Trufant tackled Brandon Jackson for the 2-yard loss and Flynn was way long with his third-down pass. Mason Crosby kicked a 33-yard field goal to give the Packers a 17-14 lead with 9:50 left in the half. Flynn hit passes of 21 yards to Brett Swain and 19 yards to Jordy Nelson. The Packers picked up an additional 15 yards on the pass to Swain as defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson was flagged for roughing the passer.
The consecutive scores streak was snapped at five when tight end John Carlson couldn’t handle Hasselbeck’s third-down pass on the Seahawks’ next possession and they had to punt. The Seahawks’ defense then held as Trufant broke up Flynn’s third-down to Brett Swain.
Jon Ryan, the Seahawks’ punter, got off a dandy late in the quarter. Using the Aussie-drop technique that prompts the ball to go end-over-end, Ryan lofted one toward the goal line that Jordan Babineaux caught on the hop at the Packers’ 1.