Peephole perspective: Wow. Two more touchdowns for the Seahawks, and a whole lot of pressure on 49ers QB Alex Smith from the defense. Seahawks 28-6.
Player of the quarter: Make it plural, and make it the entire Seahawks defense. They pressured Smith into a 3-of-11 performance in the quarter.
Play of the quarter: On the third play of the half, CB Marcus Trufant picked off a Smith pass that was intended for WR Michael Crabtree and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.
Stat of the quarter: 9:40. The Seahawks time of possession. After having the ball for only 7:57 in the first half, it was Seattle’s turn to play keep away.
The bigger picture: What the heck? With the Seahawks in their dime defense, Trufant intercepted Smith’s pass and returned it 22 yards for a TD. Seahawks 21, 49ers 6.
On the 49ers’ next series, the Seahawks really turned up the heat on Smith. LB Aaron Curry flushed him from the pocket and then knocked Smith out of bounds after he threw incomplete. On second down, Junior Siavii hit Smith, again, after he had thrown incomplete, again, as LB David Hawthorne knocked the ball from the grasp of FB Delanie Walker. On third down, you guessed it, another incomplete pass and another hit on the QB – this time from DE Chris Clemons.
The offense followed with some precision football of its own, driving 60 yards in seven plays to Hasselbeck’s 3-yard TD pass that caught Deion Brach as much as he caught it on a third-and-goal play. Hasselbeck was 5 of 7 on the drive, including a 13-yarder to TE John Carlson, a 17-yader to No, 17, Mike Williams; and a 13-yard pass play to FB Michael Robinson, the former 49er.
The 49ers picked up back-to-back first downs on their next position, but when CB Marcus Trufant tipped away Smith’s third-down pass to Ted Ginn, the 49ers had to punt.