Peephole perspective: A missed field goal by the Seahawks. Brandon Mebane’s stop on Adrian Peterson on a fourth-down carry from the 2. It made for a scoreless quarter.
Player of the quarter: Brett Favre was 7 of 10 for 82 yards.
Play of the quarter: On the Vikings’ third play of the quarter, Chris Clemons got to Favre for a fumble-forcing sack and Colin Cole recovered the loose ball.
Stat of the quarter: The Vikings converted four of five third-down situations.
The bigger picture: In a nice touch for Minnesota-born John Carlson, he was one of the co-captains – along with Matt Hasselbeck and Lawyer Milloy.
The Seahawks open in a two-tight end set, with Carlson and Anthony McCoy on the left side to help tackle Mansfield Wrotto with the Vikings Jared Allen, who led the NFC with 14½ sacks last season. Hasselbeck passed to T.J. Houshmandzadeh – to the right side – for a 13-yard gain on the first play of the game. But the drive stalled.
The Vikings opened with a big play – Favre’s 34-yard pass to a wide-out Percy Harvin. But the Seahawks’ followed with an even bigger play – Clemons’ fumble-forcing sack that Cole recovered.
The Seahawks got three points out of the turnover, as Olindo Mare kicked a 38-yard field goal. But Max Unger was penalized for an illegal formation and Mare then slapped a 43-yard attempt wide right.
Favre also made the Seahawks pay, driving the Vikings to the Seahawks’ 2-yard line. The Vikings converted four third-down situations as Favre passed to Visanthe Shiancoe for 7 yards on third-and-5, threaded a 22-yard pass to Greg Camarillo on third-and-9, Adrian Peterson ran for 3 yards on third-and-1 and Favre went to Camarillo for 12 yards on third-and-7. But Peterson then on third-and-goal and Brandon Mebane hit Peterson on fourth-and-2.