Peephole perspective: A long interception return for a touchdown by Seahawks rookie Earl Thomas. A long kickoff return by the Vikings’ Darius Reynaud to set up a TD run. A field goal for each team. That’s how they things got tied at 10.
Player of the quarter: Earl Thomas. The Seahawks used the 14th pick in April’s NFL draft to select the playmaking free safety from Texas. Thomas showed why by returning an interception 86 yards for a TD, and the first score of the game. Thomas also had two solo tackles.
Play of the quarter: Welcome to the NFL, Earl. He not only had the long interception return, Thomas flaunted his speed while doing it.
Stat of the quarter: 6 of 8 for 70 yards. Those were Matt Hasselbeck’s passing numbers.
The bigger picture: The teams made up for lost opportunities in the opening quarter, and quickly. On the Vikings’ third play of the quarter, Thomas picked off a Brett Favre pass and returned 86 yards for a touchdown.
Reynaud then returned to the ensuing kickoff to the Seahawks’ 23 and Adrian Peterson scored on a 24-yard run two plays later to tie the score.
The Seahawks gave Hasselbeck some time on their next possession and he passed them to the Vikings’ 15, before a false start on Mansfield Wrotto and a holding penalty on Sean Locklear forced the Seahawks to settle for a 38-yard field goal by Olindo Mare. Hasselbeck hit his first three passes to Cameron Morrah (5 yards), T.J. Houshmandzadeh (10) and Deion Branch (42).
Seahawks rookie tight end Anthony McCoy was taken to the locker room with an ankle injury and ruled out for the remainder of the game. The Seahawks already were without veteran Chris Baker, who has a hamstring injury.
The Vikings took the ensuing kickoff and used the power running of rookie Toby Gerhart and some precision passing by Favre in moving the Seahawks’ 10. Gerhart got things rolling with runs of 7 and 9 yards. Favre then passed 20 yards to Greg Lewis to the Seahawks’ 40 and 15 yards to Naufahu Tahi to the Seahawks’ 31 on third-and-16. Gerhart picked up the first down on fourth down with a 4-yard run to the Seahawks’ 27, and Favre passed for 15 yards to Visanthe Shiancoe. But the drive stalled and Ryan Longwell kicked a 28-yard field goal to tie it at 10 with 1:12 to play.