Peephole perspective: The 49ers dominated the quarter – and the half – but tailed 14-6 after Matt Hasselbeck scored on a 1-yard run with 2:26 remaining and then passed 13 yards to WR Deon Butler for another score with 1:27 to play.
Player of the quarter: Hasselbeck. After a 2-of-3, 7-yard, one-interception first quarter, the Seahawks QB was 4 of 5 for 62 yards in the second quarter. He ran for one score and passed for another.
Play of the quarter: Hasselbeck got the score, but he wouldn’t have been only 1 yard away without the 35-yard pass play to Mike Williams that got the ball to the 1.
Stat of the quarter: 5, as in the number of tackles by MLB Lofa Tatupu to spark the Seahawks’ about-face defensive effort.
The bigger picture: The 49ers’ drive that began in the first quarter fizzled after they had reached the Seahawks’ 6. Frank Gore was stopped for no gain on second down, as MLB Lofa Tatupu forced the play. FB Moran Norris then couldn’t handle Alex Smith’s fourth-down pass and the Seahawks took over at their own 6.
But they went three-an-out, again, as Mike Williams dropped Hasselbeck’s second-down pass.
The 49ers took over at the Seahawks’ 37 after Jon Ryan punted from his own end zone for 45 yards. On first down, DE Red Bryant got to Smith for a fumble-forcing sack by beating rookie OT Anthony Davis. But Davis recovered at the Seahawks’ 41. Smith kept the possession alive by passing to WR Michael Crabtree for an 8-yard gain on fourth-and-1. FB Delanie Walker then carried for 10 yards to the 9, and caught a 6-yard pass. But the drive stalled when Tatupu and DE Chris Clemons stopped Norris for a 1-yard gain on third-and-goal from the 2. Joe Nedney kicked a 23-yard field goal to make it 6-0 with 6:23 left in the half. Smith was 3 of 3 for 19 yards on the nine-play, 31-yard drive.
The Seahawks then drove 64 yards in seven plays to the go-ahead score – Hasselbeck’s 1-yard dive to the goal line. The Seahawks got a first down when 49ers CB Nate Clements was flagged for holding WR Deion Branch on a third-and-4 play. Hasselbeck then passed for 11 yards to TE Cameron Morrah to the 49ers’ 39, from a set that had all three tight ends stacked on the right side. The big play, however, came on Williams’ first catch since the 2007 season. He caught a Hasselbeck pass and took it to the 1 for a 35-yard gain.
Quicker than you could say, “What the heck is going on here?” the Seahawks scored again – this time on Hasselbeck’s nice 13-yard TD pass to Butler. The Seahawks got the ball back when Smith’s third-and-5 pass went off Crabtree and nickel back Jordan Babineaux picked off the carom and returned it 20 yards to the 49ers’ 13.