Peephole perspective: The Seahawks got on the board again, on Matt Hasselbeck’s 21-yard run. But so did the third-down converting Broncos. Denver 31-14.
Player of the quarter: Hasselbeck. On the scoring drive, he not only scored, he was 4 of 4 for 56 yards.
Play of the quarter: Hasselbeck’s run. Sure it came with the Broncos already leading 31-7. But at least it came, as the Seahawks spread out the Broncos’ defense with a three-receiver set, leaving the middle of the field open for Hasselbeck.
Stat of the quarter: 11. Denver’s consecutive victories in their home opener.
The bigger picture: Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but a drive that began in the previous quarter ended in this quarter with a Broncos’ TD – this time on a 21-yard pass from Orton to rookie WR Demaryrius Thomas. This 14-play, 80-yard drive consumed almost eight minutes. Oh, and the TD pass came on – what else? – third down.
The Seahawks answered, however, when Hasselbeck’s 21-yard run up the middle of the Broncos’ spread defense capped an 80-yard drive. Just before Hasselbeck scored, he passed for 19 yards to WR Ben Obomanu and 22 yards to TE John Carlson. The eight-play drive made it 31-14 with 5:59 to play.