Third Quarter

Peephole perspective: Big plays by the defense and offense got the Seahawks in position to take a 13-10 lead on the 34-yard field goal by Olindo Mare.

Player of the quarter: Mare. In a quarter with an erratic ebb and flow, the veteran kicker gave the Seahawks the lead.

Play of the quarter: Following an interception by Marcus Trufant, Matt Hasselbeck and Mike Williams hooked up on a 42-yard pass play to the Vikings’ 31 to set up Mare’s go-ahead field goal – a 34-yarder.

Stat of the quarter: 28. The Vikings’ total yards.

The bigger picture: On the Vikings’ fourth play, cornerback Marcus Trufant intercepted Brett Favre’s deep pass to give the Seahawks the ball at their own 27.

Matt Hasselbeck then took a shot, and took a shot, to get the Seahawks to the Vikings’ 16. First, he and Mike Williams hooked up for a 42-yard pass play on first down. Then, the Vikings’ Ray Edwards was penalized 15 yards for roughing the passer on the next play because he hit Hasselbeck in the head. But T.J. Houshmandzadeh dropped Hasselbeck’s first-down pass, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen blew up his attempted screen pass to Julius Jones and Hasselbeck was pressured into thrown an incompletion on third down. Olindo Mare gave the Seahawks a 13-10 with a 34-yard field goal.

The Seahawks got the ball back quickly, thanks to another big play by Earl Thomas. This time the rookie free safety broke up Farvre’s third-down pass to Percy Harvin with a big hit. But the Seahawks’ possession lasted only three plays as Letroy Guion got to Hasselbeck for a sack on third down.

Charlie Whitehurst took over the Seahawks, but a holding penalty on center Chris Spencer helped stall his first series.


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