Peephole perspective: The Seahawks’ dominated the quarter, but also committed two turnovers and were flagged for three penalties. Broncos, 7-0.
Player of the quarter: Hasselbeck. Yes, he threw an interception near the Broncos’ goal line on the game-opening drive. But he also completed 7 of 12 passes for 67 yards.
Play of the quarter: The Seahawks’ defense held after their first offensive series ended with an interception, but rookie Walter Thurmond gave the ball right back – at the Seahawks’ 13 – when he muffed the punt return. The Broncos scored three plays later.
Stat of the quarter: 9:54. The Seahawks’ time of possession, compared to 5:06 for the Broncos.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks won the coin toss and elected to receive. They moved from their own 20 to the Broncos’ 1, but things then fell apart. RG Stacy Andrews was penalized for a false start and RT Sean Locklear for a hold, so first-and-goal from the 1 became first-and-goal from the 16. CB Champ Bailey then intercepted Matt Hasselbeck’s second-down pass to WR Deion Branch. Hasselbeck had completed five of his first 7 passes, including four to WR Deon Butler for 48 yards – and three of those produced first downs on third-down plays. RB Justin Forsett, who got the start, added four carries for 24 yards.
The defense forced a punt on the Broncos’ ensuing series, but Thurmond muffed the return and the Broncos recovered at the Seahawks’ 13. The Broncos capitalized, as WR Eddie Royal took a low pass from QB Kyle Orton at the 1 and rolled into the end zone to make it 7-0 Denver with 3:48 remaining.
The Seahawks’ ensuing drive also stalled when Andrews was called for another false start and Hasselbeck was sacked for a 3-yard loss on third down by LB Jarvis Moss.